Nawazuddin Siddiqui's son played Krishna in his school (Pic Courtesy: Twitter/Instagram)

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is over the moon today. Not because of the box office success or positive critic reviews of any of his films, but because of an important accomplishment by his little son. It is something the actor himself could never do despite wanting to for many decades.

Almost every little boy gets to play ‘Baal Gopal’ or ‘Krishna’ in his school on the occasion of ‘Krishna Janmashtami’, especially in the pre-primary and primary stage. Then why is Nawazuddin so thankful to the school of his son to have given him the opportunity to play Natkhat Nandlala? Here’s the reason…

About a year ago, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was about to play the role of Maarich in a ‘Ramleela’ play that was to take place in Muzaffarnagar (his home town). Maarich, in Ramleela, was a rakshaasa (demon), who wished to be killed by the arrows of Ram and incarnated himself as a deer to be attacked by Ram’s arrow. He was super elated to have gotten a chance to play the role, for it was his childhood dream to participate in Ramleela.

But that was the time the Uri attacks had taken place, and due to the Hindu-Muslim protest carried out by Shiva Sena, the people in his village didn’t find it safe to have Nawazuddin – A Muslim – play any role in a play that is essentially based on a Hindu God and Hindu deities. If Nawaz would have come down to his Muzaffarnagar village and played the role – for which he rehearsed quite meticulously – any riots could have taken place, as the Uri incidents were fresh in the memory of the Indian masses. Hence, at the last minute, he was told by the organisers not to come for the event.

But today, the actor is deeply overjoyed as his son was not denied the opportunity to play a Hindu God despite being a Muslim.

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