Excerpts from Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s forthcoming memoir, An Ordinary Life, have been an eye-opener. He had previously confessed that he had never kissed a girl until he did a kissing sequence with model actress Niharika Singh in the film Miss Lovely.
Turns out, he had a roaring affair with Niharika. In an explosive and rather sleazy excerpt from the memoir, Nawaz and his co-author Rituparna Chatterjee have written, “For the very first time I went to Niharika’s house. I rang the doorbell, slightly nervous. When she opened the door, revealing a glimpse of the house, I was speechless with amazement. A hundred, or so it seemed, little candles flickered beautifully. She wore soft faux fur, looking devastatingly gorgeous; her beauty illuminated even more in the candlelight. And I, being the lusty village bumpkin that I am, scooped her up in my arms and headed straight for the bedroom. We made passionate love. And just like that, out of the blue, I began a relationship with Niharika Singh, a relationship which I did not know then would last for almost one and a half years.”
Horrified at the relationship being publicly exhibited, Niharika says, “Nawaz and I had a brief relationship in 2009, during the making of Miss Lovely. It lasted less than a few months. So today, when he paints me as a woman in fur enticing him into her bedroom with candles, or desperately calling him on his behalf, I can only laugh.”
Niharika feels this is cheap publicity to get his memoir the buzz. She also accuses Nawaz of lying — “He obviously wants to sell his book. It would appear that he is willing to exploit and disrespect a woman just to do so. He has chosen to fabricate stories and manipulate a fleeting relationship.”
Ethics be damned, Niharika’s consent was not taken before her life was put into the book. She says, “None of what he has written has been with my knowledge, let alone my consent. It is this very aspect of Nawaz that caused me to end my relationship with him in the first place. I have always maintained that he’s a brilliant actor. However, I had hoped these acting skills would have remained confined only to the screen. Still, I wish him well.”