He has spent 11 years in Bollywood. But it’s only now that Nawab Shah, the villain opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Don 2 , has seemingly hit the big league. So much so that Shah Rukh has gone all out to praise his work and Gorgeous Drop-dead Good Looks. But not many know that Nawab, by a stroke of bad luck, missed the chance to work in Shah Rukh’s friend-turned-foe Salman Khan’s blockbuster Bodyguard.
“Yes, I couldn’t do Bodyguard because of an accident. At that time, I was recovering from it and wasn’t in a position to shoot for a film,” says Nawab.
“Atul Agnihotri, producer had given me the script and told me that I am playing an important part in the film. But after the accident, I with a very heavy heart had to return the script. But I don’t regret it. Maybe better and bigger things are in store for me. But I would have loved to work with Salman.”
In Don 2, Nawab too plays one of the baddies along with Shah Rukh.
“I have known Farhan Akhtar, director for a long time. I had a small part in Lakshya (2004) too. So, when he asked me to be a part of Don 2, I immediately said yes because my part is very interesting.
Also, it’s one of the most important characters in the film,” says Nawab.
Nanwab feels he is lucky to be part of such a huge franchise.
“Working with Shah Rukh was a wonderful experience because he is a superstar and a very nice human being. For me, Don 2 is an important point in my career because I have seen a lot of struggle in my life and career,” he says.
Don 2 is also important to the actor since it signifies his comeback after his serious car accident at the Jim Corbett National Park, in Uttaranchal, earlier this year.
Till date, Nanwab has worked in films like Lakshya besides playing Preity Zinta’s brother in Salman-Akshay Kumar film Jaan-e-Mann (2006). But now, he is waiting for the release of Don 2.
“I haven’t signed any new film at the moment. I am waiting for Don 2 to release. Then, I will take a call on other films,” he says.
Apart from making available the soundtrack of Don 2 for download, Hungama mobile has also created a voice game, Don Ka Gang, based on the movie. The game offers 10 players a chance to get lucky and meet Don Shah Rukh Khan himself.
Don Ka Gang hasa set of challenges that players have to overcome in order to finish each level and thus be included in the final 10. Each level gets even harder than the earlier one, but takes players closer to the reward.