Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been placed under home quarantine for 14 days in his hometown of Budhana. His manager told India TV. The 45-year-old actor travelled to Budhana in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district from Mumbai on May 10, just in time for Eid, however, this won't be a celebration this time for the family as his brother revealed that there had been a death in the family some months ago, so Eid will be a time of mourning for the family this year, PTI reports. The authorities in UP conducted coronavirus test on Nawazuddin and his family. They tested negative, including the actor, reports say.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been quarantined for 14 days with his family at his ancestral home in Budhana, Uttar Pradesh. The Sacred Games actor had an approved travel pass to reach his hometown from Mumbai. They left Mumbai on May 10, Nawaz and his family were asked to stay in the mandatory home quarantine until May 25. Nawazuddin was accompanied by his mother, brother and sister-in-law, who reached Budhana, Muzaffarnagar district, in their private vehicle.
As per reports, the actor underwent medical screenings at 25 points during the journey. Nawazuddin Siddiqui received permission to travel from authorities in Maharashtra, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Nepal Singh said, reported PTI. Mr Singh also confirmed that the actor and his family had tested negative for the virus and are currently in quarantine.
Nawazuddin's manager told India TV that the actor had to rush to his hometown as his mother was unwell and she wanted to go back. "Actually Nawaz took all the necessary permission and left Mumbai on May 10. This was because his mom, who was in Mumbai for her eye checkup but had to stay back due to lockdown. In the third phase of lockdown, she started having panic attack when came to know about the extension. She has blood pressure problems. She desperately wanted to go back home. Hence, after completing all the formalities with his brother, Nawaz left for Budhana from Mumbai. Now, their family is following the mandatory quarantine of 14 days in their hometown," the manager informed.
His brother Ayazuddin Siddiqui said that the family will not be celebrating Eid this year but it was necessary to have Nawazuddin around: "There's no festival celebration after a death in the family. But his presence was necessary in the house. So, he came home."
Nawazuddin's sister-in-law Saba Siddiqui had contested the Uttar Pradesh civic body polls for the post of chairperson of Budhana Nagar Panchayat back in 2017, she had lost the elections. He was there to campaign for her.
On the professional front, Nawazuddin will soon be seen in Ghoomketu. The movie couldn't release for the last few years due to financial crunch. Ghoomketu will now release on ZEE5 on May 22. The film also stars Anurag Kashyap, Ila Arun, Raghubir Yadav, Swanand Kirkire and Ragini Khanna in important roles. Ghoomketu has cameos of Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha.
Produced by Phantom Films and Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) and directed by Pushpendra Nath Misra, Ghoomketu is about an aspiring writer (played by Nawazuddin) whose scripts get stolen in Mumbai.
(Inputs by Joyeeta Mitra Suvarna and PTI)