In an interview Nawazuddin Siddiqui did with Film Companion last year, he spoke about the real life inspiration behind five of his most iconic characters and how he got into the mindset of each. We revisit the conversation:

1. Faizal Khan from Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

“My thoughts went to my village straightaway after reading the script, but they also went to Scarface and The Godfather. I thought I would play the character like Al Pacino in Scarface or (Marlon) Brando in The Godfather. But there were people with the same attitude living in my village. So I abandoned them (Pacino and Brando) and focussed only on the villagers. People in positions of responsibility do not have any knowledge of things outside the village, but the way they sit and talk, they make it seem as though this is the whole truth, even though everything they say is a lie. Even their children had the same attitude. They behave like kings. So I picked up a lot of things from them. The incident (in which he tells a woman he wants to have sex with her) is based on a scene that happened in real life. The girl picked up her chappals and drove me out. I had told Anurag (Kashyap) this story. So the scene from my life, plus Anurag’s brief – that combined to make Faisal Khan.”

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