Mumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who featured in a bit role in Rajkumar Hirani’s Munna Bhai MBBS, says he never expected the filmmaker to become so “great” all over the world.
A few days ago at a masterclass, Hirani said he never thought Nawazuddin would go on to become a huge star.
So, in reaction to that, Nawazuddin has said: “I read the statement which he made about me in the newspaper. I did a very small role in Munna Bhai MBBS which was directed by Rajkumar Hirani. He used to be a shy person when I worked with him.”
“I also feel surprised how he became such a renowned director. I never expected that he would become such a great filmmaker not only India, but all over the world.”
Hirani made his directorial debut with Munna Bhai MBBS, which released in 2003 and after that, he went on to make successful films like Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots, PK and Sanju.
In Munna Bhai MBBS, Nawazuddin featured in a minor role of a thief who pickpockets Sunil Dutt’s character on a railway station and faces the wrath of public on being caught.
The Manto actor will next be seen on-screen in Abhijit Panse’s Thackeray and in Ritesh Batra’s Photograph.
Following reports that Nana Patekar is in the process of sending Tanushree Dutta a legal notice, claiming that the actress had levelled false accusations of sexual harassment against him, the latter has released a statement stating that she had not received any legal notice from the former.
Tanushree further said that she was putting together a team of lawyers and advocates to defend her interests. The statement added that she was still being intimidated.
She said, “Another very important issue that this current scenario raises is how when a victim speaks up there are morally bankrupt and corrupt lawyers and advocates who come forward to defend serial harrassers and offenders for their two seconds of fame. Despite witnesses coming forward and all evidence in my support, I’m being subjected to criminal intimidation and harassment by Nana’s helper.”
She added, “I’m sure this guy has many skeletons in his closet too as birds of a feather always flock together. This is the story of countless millions in our country who are still waiting justice because they got dragged into a web of legal mumbo jumbo and were silenced into submission.They make a mockery of not only our judiciary but also our esteemed constitution by trying to disrupt a persons freedom of speech by such threats.”
Tanushree Dutta recently opened up about an alleged sexual harassment incident, that happened 10 years ago on the sets of Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss, accusing Nana Patekar of inappropriate and aggressive behaviour. While choreographer Ganesh Acharya, director Rakesh Sarang and Nana Patekar have denied the allegations, journalist Janice Sequeira posted a series of tweets corroborating Tanushree’s accusations. Later, Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss assistant director Shyni Shetty spoke to Firstpost, stating that Tanushree Dutta had walked off the set twice, which implied that something had happened.