Nawazuddin Siddiqui reportedly made a statement recently suggesting one needs a strong agent more than talent in order to grab a Hollywood project. While it was believed that the statement was targeted towards Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, Nawazuddin has now clarified that he did not aim it at anyone and that it was a "generic" statement.
"Yes, I do believe that you need a good agent and strong PR machinery to make it in Hollywood. I did say that but it wasn't aimed at anyone. Woh kisike khilaaf nahi tha (It wasn't against anyone). It was a generic statement. Of course, one needs to have talent but there are so many talented people out there, who you may not even know of because of lack of exposure. Hamari country mein bohot talent hai. Sabko recognition nahi milta (There's a lot of talent in our country. All do not get recognition)," the Times of India quoted the actor as saying.
Of late, Bollywood stars Priyanka and Deepika have been receiving a lot of attention for their rapid strides in Hollywood. First, PeeCee had received overwhelming response for her performance in American TV series "Quantico," and now is in news for her role in the upcoming movie "Baywatch."
On the other side, Deepika is also ready to make her debut in the West with the movie "XXX: The Return of Xander Cage," starring Vin Diesel, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Tony Jaa and Samuel Jackson, among others. Other Bollywood stars who have worked in Hollywood are Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Om Puri.