Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s sudden decision to withdraw his memoirs from the public domain was not easy.
The flak from the women he wrote about compelled him to move back and eat back his words.
“It wasn’t an easy decision. The past few days have not been easy on Nawaz. He has been deeply troubled by the effect the words in his memoirs had on two of his women friends. The truth is, his command over the English language was not adequate.Perhaps the memoirs should have been written in Hindi. The excerpts from his memoirs where he went into alleged details from his relationship with two women friends, came across as tasteless and should never have gone into the book. But Nawaz depended to a large extent on his co-author Rituparna Chatterjee in putting across his thoughts. But he feels he should have curbed his flights of fancy,” says a source close to Nawaz.
The source also adds that Nawaz’s wife Anjali had a big hand in his decision to withdraw his memoirs.
“He never realized his words would be taken so badly by the women he has written about.But when he did realize the repercussions Anjali reminded him that correcting the damage was not impossible.She suggested he apologize and withdraw the book.And he did,” says the source.
Sources say Nawaz is deeply disappointed by the way the book was received.
“He knew his honesty would hurt some people. But he never anticipated the vehemence with which they reacted,” says the source.
Before the publication of the memoir Nawaz has excitedly told me, “I’ve been as honest in my memoirs as I could be.I haven’t hidden anything. In fact some people in my life are going to be deeply offended when they read what I have to day. To those who are hurt by my memoirs I want to say sorry from now. But I had no choice. Either I told my story with utmost honesty or not tell it at all.No point in lies and half-truths if you want to tell your story to the world.”
Looks like the “truth” has not been appreciated.