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Cast Nawazuddin for his intense eyes says director Ketan Mehta

Filmmaker Ketan Mehta chose Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play the lead role in his upcoming biographical drama “Manjhi- The Mountain Man” for his intense eyes.

Mehta had seen Siddiqui’s films and was convinced that the actor was perfect to portray the role.

“After I wrote the script, Nawazuddin came to my mind. He is a brilliant actor and he has the correct body type that of Manjhi’s. The moment I met him I realised he was the right guy to do the role.

“I had seen some of his earlier films and I thought ‘Here is a special actor’. Even in those small bit roles, he stood out. In ‘Kahaani’ he had a substantial role and even there he worked hard and was incredible. The intensity in his eyes was unmissable,” Mehta told PTI.

The 41-year-old “Gangs of Wasseypur” actor essays the role of Dashrath Manjhi, a poor labourer hailing from Gehlaur village in Gaya district widely known as the “Mountain Man”.