People don`t realise the power of their vote: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

IANS| Updated: Apr 06, 2014, 15:27 PM IST

Noida: When methodical Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui interacted with people in four Indian states for his new role of a TV reporter in a news channel, he was shocked to see that many don`t realise the power of the vote - and discovered why "development" is just another word in politicians` dictionary.

The "Gangs of Wasseypur" actor was in the office of a news channel in Noida, in the NCR region, that has roped him for its "Kehta Hai India with Nawazuddin Siddiqui" election special series that will go on the air from April 12 at 9 p.m.

Making his small screen debut with the show, the 39-year-old actor travelled to Patna, Lucknow, Varanasi and Jaipur where he interacted with the locals: from rickshaw pullers to paanwaalas, and from students to shopkeepers - and got a sense of their outlook towards the general elections and governance. He will be shooting for the last episode in the capital April 11.

"It was sad to see that there are many people who have no idea why their vote is important. Some are voting because someone has suggested that they should vote
for a particular party, and there are many who vote for those candidates who pay them to vote," Siddiqui said.