Had Bollywood not happened to Nawazuddin Siddiqui, we would have probably found him in a blue or grey uniform, sitting at the gates of a posh housing society in Mumbai.
Or probably, he would have lurked around the theatre scene, barely managing two square meals a day.
Bollywood changed his fortunes and made a hero out of this humble security guard.
Had Bollywood not happened, the same English-speaking, ‘high society’ women like Niharika Singh, would have firmly stayed only in his lurid fantasies.
Perhaps the only interaction that he could have managed, would be a brief, ‘Salaam Madam’.
But Bollywood turned him into what he is today — Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the famous Bollywood star.
However, so many years in Mumbai and so many films later, Nawazuddin Siddiqui hasn’t learnt a thing about the word ‘consent’.
We expected Mumbai and Bollywood to educate him. Clearly everybody has failed.
You might say that Nawazuddin Siddiqui is immensely talented as an actor. I concur. No doubt, he is. He has a sea of acting talent in him.
But this is a fact that there are thousands of Nawazs out there in the cold waiting to be discovered and perhaps never will be. He is one of the lucky ones who was provided with the spotlight.
Also, remember one more important thing, his acting talent has got NOTHING to do with the kind of person he is today.
Do or say whatever you want to, you won’t be able to change the humble beginnings of Nawazuddin Siddiqui — a tiny village in the interiors of North West Uttar Pradesh called Budhana (in Muzaffarnagar district) which has a literacy rate of just under 50 per cent.
Nawaz was never ashamed of how he was brought up. On the contrary, he is rather proud of it and refers to it frequently during his interviews.
Thanks to his big Bollywood break, Nawaz actually got to kiss a woman (Niharika Singh) for the first time. Yes, believe it or not, the first time he was able to kiss a woman was in front of a movie camera with tens of people surrounding him.
But trust Nawaz to remember it and describe it to the press later as the ‘first kiss’ of his life.
Don’t be surprised.
Imagine the background — a rustic, backward villager is suddenly catapulted into success and he sees himself surrounded by a bevy of ‘upmarket’ ladies who he has only seen on magazine covers or on the screen of the only nearby cinema hall that was 300 kilometres miles away from his village.
The women he had been in contact with in Budhana either stay in their humble huts cooking on a chulha or sweat it out in the wheat fields.
So, he conveniently did what most people from the same background would do — try to have sex with the women who are clearly out of his league.
That’s exactly what happened when Nawaz started shooting for Miss Lovely, headlined by Niharika Singh, the winner of Femina Miss India Earth, an alumnus of All Saint’s College, Nainital. Singh dropped out of the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi in the second year as she represented India (and won awards too) at the Miss India Earth title in Phillipines.
Nawaz’s reflects in the lurid, titillating passages of his autobiography and proudly describes how he ‘used’ Niharika Singh as a sex object.
The description smacks of conquest rather than love.
Here is the first passage where Nawaz indicates that Niharika Singh fell in love with him while shooting for the film Miss Lovely. Nothing wrong there. But then Nawaz’s imagination takes over.
He describes in great detail how Niharika Singh ‘lured’ Nawaz into her bedroom which will give you a sense that Niharika was madly in love with him and desperately wanted to sleep with him.
He also goes on to say (this is his own signed admission, mind you) that she invited him over to her house on the pretext of cooking mutton for him.
Do the above lines sound exaggerated to you? It sure does to me.
Then Nawaz narrates how Niharika Singh started nagging him and expected him to be a loving boyfriend. Nothing wrong there again. Any woman in a relationship would demand that.
But Nawaz again admits on record that all he needed was sex from her and he would leave her apartment as soon as he was done.
He also admits (on record) that Niharika dumped him the moment she realised his true intentions.
1. Is this version of the story correct?
‘No’, says Niharika.
2. Did Nawazuddin Siddiqui inform Niharika that he is going to write about their affair in such graphic details?
‘No’, says Niharika.
3. Did Nawaz take Niharika’s consent before revealing her identity to the whole world?
‘No’, says Niharika.
Here is her statement.
This means Nawaz not only wrote this ‘story’ without her knowledge, he went about publicising the release of his autobiography based on this story knowing fully well what it would do to the reputation of Niharika Singh.
He even admitted it in veiled manner yesterday that he was fully aware that Niharika’s name will be sullied in the industry and that it would greatly upset her.
He could have still gone ahead with his story without publishing Niharika’s name but that would have meant less publicity as nobody is interested in blind items. So, he did what you and me (those educated in proper schools) wouldn’t think of doing in the first place — he revealed Niharika’s true identity to the world as a woman who ‘enticed’ Nawaz into her bed.
All this without her consent or knowledge, effectively throwing her to the cannibalistic gossip mongers who thrive on the fringes of Bollywood.
The result is for all of you to see — the press has woken up to the fact that Niharika Singh exists and her phone has not stopped buzzing since.
Her name and photo is splashed across websites, most of them painting her as a woman with high libido, who went to bed with a man like Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Incidentally, Niharika is not the only woman he has spoken about in his book, he has also spoken about a waitress from New York with equal disdain with whom he had a one night stand.
He has also written about a Jewish girl, who he was two-timing with Niharika (again, as per his own admission in his autobiography).
(Update: Nawazuddin Siddiqui was actually three-timing. Niharika Singh has now revealed that Nawaz never told her and his Jewish girlfriend that he had a wife tucked away in his village)
Those passages too were leaked to the press as a precursor to the release of his autobiography.
What does this say about the kind of man Nawazuddin Siddiqui is?
I have gone through several autobiographies by film stars in India and nobody has ever disrespected a woman like the way Nawaz has done to Niharika Singh.
Though Nawazuddin’s acting talent evolved with time, the villager in him quite didn’t migrate to Mumbai.
That is why I say that deep inside his mind, Nawaz is still the same security guard who lusts after educated English-speaking, career women in a posh housing society. The kind of woman who would never even acknowledge his ‘Salaam’ on their way out.
But you see, Nawaz is the lucky guy. He is the lucky villager from Uttar Pradesh who has been able to bed the women of his dreams — a national beauty pageant winner, a blonde waitress from New York…. the list goes on.
Congratulations Nawaz! I am now going to buy your book in the hope that you have given more lurid details of your candlelight encounters with your women.
Hope you are celebrating with your brethren in your rustic village, Nawaz. You have done something that most of your childhood friends can only fantacise about.
Heartiest congratulations to you.
PS: For the record and context, there was actually a police complaint (FIR) lodged against him for assaulting a woman in a parking lot (Nawazuddin has maintained that he is innocent).