Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been placed under home quarantine for 14 days in his hometown of Budhana, sources said. The 45-year-old actor travelled to Budhana in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district from Mumbai, where he lives, to celebrate Eid with his extended family.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his immediate family received permission from the authorities to travel between states amid the COVID-19 lockdown, police said. They reached Budhana, where Nawazuddin was born, on Saturday and are now under the mandatory two-week quarantine phase. The family have also been tested for the virus and their results are negative, sources said.
The actor reached his home on 15 May after taking a travel pass. He and his family have been asked to remain in home quarantine till 25 May. His mother, brother and sister-in-law also made the journey with him in his private vehicle. The actor told reporters that he underwent medical screenings at 25 points during his journey.
Kushalpal Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), Budhana police circle, said that the health officials had visited the home of the actor and ordered a 14-day quarantine for them.
Nawazuddin’s brother Ayazuddin Siddiqui confirmed that the actor is in Budhana to celebrate Eid with the family; he also said that Nawazuddin would not meet anyone from outside the family to abide by quarantine and lockdown rules.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, star of films such as Gangs Of Wasseypur, attended the International Emmy Awards in New York last November. Two shows he stars in were nominated for awards – he walked the red carpet representing Sacred Games, and went on stage as part of the winning team of UK show McMafia, which won the Best Drama Series Award.
On the movies front, Nawazuddin features in Ghoomketu next. Directed by Pushpendra Nath Misra, the movie is a comedy- drama from the viewpoint of a budding writer, struggling to make it big in the film industry in Mumbai. The film also features filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and actors Ila Arun, Raghubir Yadav, Swanand Kirkire and Ragini Khanna in pivotal roles.
Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha have made special appearances in the project. Produced by Phantom Films and Sony Pictures Networks (SPN), the movie will release on ZEE5 on May 22.