Neeru Saluja interviews actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Neeru Saluja interviews actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui for his film ‘No Land’s Man’ being screened at the Sydney Film Festival. In this candid interview, Nawazuddin tells us why this film is close to his heart and how he can relate to the subject of this film as it deals with identity crisis. Talking about his own struggles and breaking the norm of the conventional actor in the Indian film industry, Nawazuddin would rather change himself than change the industry.

As he marks his ninth appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, we also managed to convince him to come for the Sydney Film Festival!

No Land’s Man

Directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki 2021. United States. 101 minutes. Unclassified 15+

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A South Asian man fleeing persecution creates a new identity. His life changes after meeting an Australian woman in New York. Audience Award, Vesoul Asian Film Festival.

Identity, intolerance and displacement are the themes of this vital drama by Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Television, SFF 2013; Saturday Afternoon, SFF 2019). Naveen has been forced to lie to survive since fleeing his homeland for New York. Sometimes he’s a Muslim, sometimes he’s a Hindu. Sometimes he’s Naveen, sometimes not. When Naveen meets Australian expat Cathy, he finds romance and the promise of a future with her in Sydney. But for how long can he hide the truth? Farooki’s incisive, engrossing and compassionate film boasts fine performances from multi award-winning Indian star Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Photograph, SFF 2019; The Lunchbox, SFF 2014) and Megan Mitchell in her feature debut.

Screening: Mon 20 Jun 8:15pm Palace Norton Street.

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