Aaliya Siddiqui has thanked her estranged husband actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui for working on the recent production of Holy Cow. The film also starred Sanjay Mishra in the lead role and was directed by Sai Kabir. It was released in theaters in August last year and was released on Prime Video earlier this week. (Read also| Aaliya Siddiqui wife ‘Nawazuddin Siddiqui asked for settlement, divorce will happen’)
Holy Cow is about a Muslim whose cow is lost. Sanjay essayed the role of the man who owns the cow while Nawazuddin played a police officer. Apart from Sanjay and Nawazuddin, the film also featured Tigmanshu Dhulia and Sadiya Siddiqui.
Thanking Nawazuddin, Aaliya told News18, “To play the role of a cop, we needed Nawaz and he knew that. He gave us his time and that’s how we cast him in the film. Every decision about the film was taken by the director and me. I liked the idea of the film. And we both decided on the cast.”
Asked why Nawazuddin was not cast in the lead role, Aaliya added, “This film didn’t need any star. It needed strong performances from some very good actors. Sanjay Mishra ji has done an incredible job. Mukesh Bhatt, Sadiya Siddiqui and Tigmanshu Dhulia has put his heart and soul into the film. It is a very relatable film. Every filmmaker across the world wants to cast a star in their films. But sometimes a film calls for solid performances.”
Sai Kabir has previously worked in films like Kangana Ranaut-Piyush Mishra starrer Revolver Rani, Kismat Konnection and The Shaukeens among others. His next film is Kangana Ranaut’s production – Tiku Weds Sheru with Nawazuddin and Avneet Kaur.
Aaliya and Nawazuddin have been involved in ugly public spats for a long time. Nawazuddin filed a defamation case against Aaliya last month and demanded ₹100 crore as compensation, apart from an apology letter from them. Aaliya had recently said that they will get a divorce soon and she will also fight for the custody of their children.
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