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Nawazuddin Siddiqui On Playing A Transgender In Haddi: ‘It Was Absolutely Worthwhile’

The crime drama Haddi stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anurag Kashyap, Ila Arun and Saurabh Sachdeva among others.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui shared his inputs on portraying a transgender character in his latest film Haddi.

Since its gripping premiere on September 7th, 2023, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anurag Kashyap, Ila Arun, Saurabh Sachdeva starrer ‘Haddi’ has broken records and left audiences and critics spellbound within a week. The movie which was released exclusively on Zee5 has clocked 150 MN viewing minutes. While people are applauding all the actors for put putting up such a compelling show, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s portrayal of a transgender woman has received immense love from critics and the audience.

In an exclusive chat with News18 Showsha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui opened up about preparing for the role and whether it took a toll on him.


Portraying such a character is not easy, how did you prepare for your role? And in hindsight, what all the effort worth it?

Undoubtedly, the character was a complex one, but our approach was clear from the beginning. When portraying a transgender character, it’s not just about acting; it’s about capturing the essence of their inner world. We undertook this role with the genuine intention of delving into their innermost feelings and experiences, and I believe that the effort was absolutely worthwhile.

Did it take any emotional toll on you and how did you deal with that aspect personally?

There was one particular scene that had a profound emotional impact on me. It was a silent moment where I’m in the office with Zeeshan, and there are no dialogues. In that moment, I enter as Haddi and I see Zeeshan, someone I deeply care about, and yet I can’t approach him due to the path of revenge I had to follow. That scene, in particular, had a deep emotional resonance for me, and I had to navigate those emotions as part of the character’s journey.

Directed by Akshat Ajay Sharma, this revenge drama, featuring the unparalleled talents of Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anurag Kashyap, has redefined storytelling, performances, and direction, delivering an electrifying experience from the very first frame. This groundbreaking film has received rave reviews for Nawaz’s transformative portrayal of a transgender character, making it a cinematic triumph.

The movie is set against the backdrop of modern ruins in NCR, Gurgaon, and Noida and takes audiences on a vindictive ride, delving into the life of Haddi, a transgender portrayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui who comes from Allahabad to Delhi to join a gang of transgenders and climbs up to the top of the criminal food chain to avenge his family who was wronged by a mighty powerful gangster turned politician played by Anurag Kashyap. Co-written by Akshat Ajay Sharma and Adamya Bhalla, ‘Haddi’ presents a gritty and twisted revenge drama that skilfully exposes the intricate nexus of the criminal underbelly operating throughout the capital city.

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