Mumbai: Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui was offered Rani Mukerji's Mardaani and Mahesh Bhatt's Jism 2, but he rejected both the movies as he did not like the roles.
- Adnan Siddiqui will make his Bollywood debut in Sridevi's Mom
- Siddiqui was first offered Tahir Raj Bhasin's role in Mardaani
- I wanted to do something of substance in Hindi film industry, he said
Mr Siddiqui, who will be make his Bollywood debut in Sridevi's upcoming film Mom, was waiting for the right project to enter the Hindi film industry.
However, in the past, the 46-year-old actor was offered quite a few roles for Hindi films.
"There were couple of offers to do Hindi films, some I liked, some I didn't. I got a call from Yash Raj Films (YRF) for a role in Mardaani. They wanted me to audition for a role of a villain (and) I found the part interesting," he told PTI.
"But then they (YRF) called up saying they have got a young villain and wanted me to play a police officer. I was not keen on playing that role. (Filmmaker) Mahesh Bhatt had asked me to do a role in Jism 2 and that again I guess was of a police officer," he said.
There were couple of other film offers but nothing excited Mr Siddiqui.
"I am waiting for Mom to release and then I will decide what next to do here," the actor added.
Mr Siddiqui has created a niche for himself on Indian television with his shows like Meray Qatil Meray Dildar, Kaisi Ye Qayamat, Ru Baru, Ruswaiyaan, Mere Humdum Mere Dost which were aired on Zindagi channel.
"I have been part of the industry for 27 years and I have proved myself. I wanted to try something different. I wanted to do something of substance in Hindi film industry and Mom was the perfect choice," he said.
Mr Siddiqui also played a small role alongside actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie and actor Irrfan Khan in the 2007 film A Mighty Heart.