Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his wife, Aaliya Siddiqui to produce a biopic on an award-winning folk artist Teejan Bai. The actor revealed this news in an interview with a leading publication where he said, ”I have been a huge admirer of Teejan Bai since my theatre days”.
Teejan Bai is a veteran artist, who performs a Pandvani, a traditional performing art form, from Chattisgarh involving narration of tales from Mahabharata. She has been awarded Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2019 by Government of India.
It was Aaliya’s idea to make a film on the veteran folk artist. The actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the producers in Magic If Films with his wife Aaliya and brother Shamas Nawab Siddiqui. While talking about the film, The actor said, “Traditional folk artists like her have a way of telling a story with their gestures, voice, and body language. It’s dramatic, OTT and magnificently enthralling. Legends like her have kept our country’s culture and art alive. You need to conserve what is yours.”
Nawazuddin’s last film was also a biopic, where he essayed the role of Bal Thackeray in the film ‘Thackeray‘. His upcoming film includes Ritesh Batra’s ‘Photograph‘ which premiered on Sundance Film Festival last month. The actor turned producer will soon wrap the shooting of ‘Sacred Games 2’. Currently, Nawaz is prepping for director Honey Trehan’s ‘Raat Akeli Hai’ with Radhika Apte.