When Nawazuddin Siddiqui revealed how playing Manto made him truthful and blunt

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui turns 47 on Thursday and he is ringing in his special day at the Cannes Film Festival, where he is part of the Indian delegation.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation.

In a long career, the actor has gone from playing bit roles and extras to lead roles in award-winning films and commercial blockbusters.

As he celebrates his birthday–at the Cannes Film Festival quite fittingly–a look at when the actor revealed how his immersive acting process can be a bane at times.

In 2018, Nawazuddin played the controversial Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto in his biopic Manto. In a bid to get into the skin of his character, Nawazuddin tried to imbibe Manto’s qualities and attributes. In an old interview, the actor said this backfired as he became too blunt and truthful in his real life and ended up paying the price for it.

Nawazuddin was notably embroiled in a number of controversies around the film’s release, most stemming from his tell-all memoir that was published around the same time.