Now recovering and raring to get back to work, Nawaz recounts the experience with a shudder. “It was bad. We were in a place with limited medical facility when it happened. For a sequence I had to play a tin drum with my bare hands. I suppose I got carried away and began to pound to hard. My hand suffered a deep wound. It required stitches. And since the tin was rusted I had to take anti-tetanus injections as well.”
Not that the experience has taught Nawaz to be more careful. “Caution is not a primary consideration when I am doing a scene. I sometimes get so carried away I don’t know what I am doing to myself. Injuries will happen. They are part and parcel of the process of getting into character.”
On a more cheerful note, Nawaz is all praise for his Babumoshai Bandookbaaz co-star Bidita Bag who replaced Chitrangda Singh after she suddenly walked out of the film.
Nawaz says Bidita is a blessing. “Woh kehte hain na, jo hota hai achcha ke liye hota hai (whatever happens, happens for the best). Bidita is perfect for the part. She’s a pleasure to work with. She understands her character instinctively and gives a hundred percent of her concentration to every scene.”