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Bipasha - Nawaz together in supernatural thriller `Aatma`
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He struggled for 14 years in Bollywood. Nawazuddin Siddiqui faced rejection and was told time and again to ditch his acting dream because of his average looks but the actor slowly made his way to the front with powerful performances in films like 'Peepli Live', 'Paan Singh Tomar' and 'Kahaani' and now in 'Gangs of Wasseypur'.

"For me work and fame are two different departments and one should not encroach upon the the territory of the other," Nawazuddin once said in an interview.

Well, Siddiqui still giving the impression that specially in bollywood 'fame' is not really dependant on 'work'.

But Siddiqui now has come a long way. Filmmakers are now showing the confidence in him by offering him solo lead actor. And once rejected Nawazuddin Siddiqui is now accepted by none other than the hot, the sexy, the bold Bipasha Basu.

Bipasha Basu is eager to work with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the toast of the season, in the supernatural thriller "Aatma", says the film's director Suparn Verma.

Verma, who called Siddiqui a brilliant actor, said "When we met, we had a very interesting and emotional meeting where he just fell in love with the film. He was on board. Bipasha is also very excited to have him as part of the film."

"It will be a very interesting role that Nawaz will be playing," Verma who has directed movies like "Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina" and "Acid Factory" told.

The director will be conducting solo workshops with Nawaz to prepare him for the part.

"We will be spending a lot of time with each other. We will also be doing workshops, just me and him (Nawaz) locked up. It a very intense character. It involves shedding a lot of inhibitions, emotions and exposing yourself completely. It is more about tapping into the character's emotions," he said.

Based in Mumbai, the film will also be shot in Panchgani.

The release date will be announced shortly. Sharing the plans, Verma said "Most likely we will shoot on 17th and 18th of this month and then we will shoot non-stop till the end of August."

(Author - Manees Bajpai)