There will hardly be any Hindi film enthusiast who is not in awe of this extremely gifted actor called Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Today, Siddiqui is considered one among the most talented actors Bollywood has seen in last few decades. Whichever character he takes up to portray on screen, sets a benchmark for other actors to follow. No matter whom does he work with, a superstar or a newcomer, he always succeeds in stealing the show and leaving his indelible impression on audiences’ mind.
Everyone knows the brilliant actor that Nawazuddin is today. But perhaps many people have no idea about the various hardships and obstructions he faced to reach where he stands at the moment. Siddiqui was born in Budhana, a small town in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, India. His was a large and poor family with eight siblings. After graduating in science from Gurukul Kangri University in Haridwar, he had to work as a chemist in his hometown to make his both ends meet. But, after some time, he shifted to Delhi, where he started working as a watchman for a company. While still continuing his job as a watchman, Nawaz developed a keen interest in plays and joined a theatre group. After working as a watchman for good one and a half year, he took admission in the prestigious National School of Drama, eventually graduating from the NSD.
His struggle did not end there. To fulfill his coveted dream of becoming an actor, Nawaz moved to Mumbai and started his struggle which continued for years even after doing several blink-and-you-miss it appearances in many films like ‘Sarfarosh’ (1999), ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ (2003), ‘Black Friday’ (2005) and ‘Dev D’ (2009). It was his short role of a journalist in the movie ‘Peepli Live’ (2010), which first got him recognition as an actor. He followed it up with ‘Kahaani’ (2012), which earned him good reviews from critics for his performance of a short-tempered intelligence officer Khan. But the Anurag Kashyap directorial ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ and its sequel ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur 2’ did the unthinkable for the actor. Both the films cemented Nawaz as one of the finest actors of the industry. Since then the actor has appeared in many well received films such as ‘Talash’ (2012), ‘Kick’ (2014), ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ (2015), ‘Manjhi: The Mountain Man’ (2015) and ‘Haraamkhor’ (2017).
TRIVIA: According to Nawaz, his dream role is that of Salim in the epic ‘Mughal-e-Azam’. The actor thinks he can pull it off like any other role. . .