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Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play ‘desi’ Bond in his next film….

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Men want to be him and women want to be with him, goes a saying about the iconic spy character, James Bond.

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No surprises then that reel action heroes often turn to hi for inspiration like Nawazuddin Siddiqui did for his next, ‘Babumoshai Bandookbazz’. Set to play a suave sharpshooter in the action-drama, the actor binged on Bond movies to pick up his mannerisms.

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“When Kushan (Nandy, director) narrated the script to Nawaz, he felt his character was close to James Bond. Since he is a fan of the Womanising, gambling loving spy, he was kicked about adding a touch of suavity to his desi character,” says a unit hand.

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In the poster of the film, Nawaz, clad in a ganjee and laungi, is seen carrying a water can in one hand, a transistor on his shoulder and a gun tucked in his lungi. How did he think of addin an element of sophistication a la Bond to such a rustic character? Says Nawaz, “In terms of the clothes and styling,my part doesn’t have anything in common with him. Yet, I wanted to make it cool.

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I have tried imitating his gait, the way he holds him gin and scans an area from the corner of his eye. I felt referencing him would work for my character.”

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