Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Talent overloaded.
Biography of Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazudddin Siddiqui is an Indian film actor who has struggled his way out from lesser significant roles in his early career to being one of the finest actors in the Bollywood in the recent times. His story is inspiring and his acting prowess is unmatched. He rose to prominence after he appeared in Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday. Ever since he has won a million hearts with his awe-inspiring characters he has played. He is globally applauded by numerous film juries for his splendid performances in his career defying roles. He gets a new dimension to Bollywood with his précised and unmatched method acting skills.
Nawazuddin proved with his exuberant acting skills that you don’t always need six-pack abs, bulky muscles or a stunning face to make it big in the Bollywood. If your face can do the talking and reach to the audience, other body vitals are just numbers.
Height: 168cm, 5 feet 6 inches
Weight: 65kg, 143 lbs
Body Measurements: Chest- 38, Biceps- 12, Waist- 30 (all measurements in inches)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
When Nawazuddin wasn’t a star!
Nawazuddin family background
Nawaz was born to a Zamindari Muslim family on 19th May 1974 in Budhana. Budhana is a tiny town in the Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. He was raised among 9 other siblings, where he was the eldest and the most insightful one. His father, late Nawabuddin Siddiqui was a peasant and his mother, Mehroonisa was a homemaker.
Nawazuddin completed his schooling from the B S S Inter College, which was a small school in his hometown. His village was infiltrated with goons, and the use of weaponry in public was a common sight. Nawaz was so fed up of the bloodshed around him that he escaped the town for further education. Nawaz said in an interview with Times of India, “Humaare gaav mein teen cheezien chalti hain, gehu (wheat), ganna (sugarcane), and gun”
He graduated in science from the Gurukul Kangri University, which was situated in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Later, he flew to Vadodara to work as a chemist, but the job didn’t amuse the veteran actor. Hence, he decided to relocate to the Indian capital of Delhi in search of a new and exciting job.
From his childhood days, Nawazuddin was enticed by the thrills of acting on a stage. He had seen the energies flowing on the stage in his village fairs where artists would perform acts. He, in his small little mind always wanted to imitate the impressions to earn a living.
While in Delhi, he watched a play where all his childhood fantasies knocked his mind. The artist in him wanted to explore. He wanted to express what was hidden in his soul. Hence, he decided to pursue a career in acting and resulted in taking admission in the National School of Drama (NSD). He acted over 10 theater plays to get eligible for the admission process. He worked for 4 years in Delhi before he set his journey to the golden city-Mumbai.
Once, he completed the course in the institute, Bombay move was inevitable for him to kick start his career in Bollywood. Little did he know, that he’d face the toughest days of his life in the city of dreams- Mumbai.
Bollywood Dreams: The most difficult days of Nawaz’s life
Nawaz was homeless on his arrival in Mumbai. He convinced his NSD senior to share his Goregaon apartment with him. Nawaz’s friend agreed to it, and in return, Nawaz had to cook for his friend. He didn’t mind doing the chores while he was battling his way out to make an impression on Bollywood. Nawzuddin worked as a watchman in his early days to earn his livelihood. Also, he took up many small jobs that added to the struggle of the ace actor.
It was 1999, where Nawazuddin got a small role in Amir Khan’s starer Sarfarosh. Later he played a role of messenger in the movie Jungle. The screen presence of Nawaz in these films was negligible. Nawazuddin till then had got a taste of Bollywood’s hard hitting reality, where he had to struggle for getting the smallest of opportunities. He hung on with all his grit and determination and managed to pick up small stereotypical roles like the one in Munnabhai MBBS. He shared the screen with Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Dutt where he got a small role to pickpocket Sunil Dutt.
Here is a list of movies where Nawaz played diminished side roles.
- Sarfarosh, 1999, (Terrorist)
- School, 1999, (Waiter)
- Jungle, 2000 (Messenger)
- Babasaheb Ambedkar, 2000 (Local Activist)
- The Bypass 2003 (The first bandit)
- Mudda The Issue, 2003 (Cameo)
- Munnabhai MBBS, 2003 (Pickpocketer)
- Family, 2006
- Aaja Nachle, 2007
- Ek Chaalis Ki Last Local, 2007, (Leads Brother)
- Manorama: Six Feet Under, 2007 (Local goon)
In the competitive realm of television, Nawaz tried to imply himself on TV but wasn’t matched with much success. Nawaz managed to do just one short film, Bypass, in 2003 with the veteran Irrfan Khan. After the short film, the two years in Nawaz’s career were horrendous as he couldn’t get a specific role in any of the screens.
It was not until Black Friday that Nawaz got his much-deserved recognition. Anurag Kashyap used the actor in his film to the potential. Even today, after 7years of its release, Asgar Mukadam’s is still remembered by Nawazuddin’s fans. He got the most needed platform and he stunned the audiences with audacious performances time and again in the roles, he was offered.
Here’s a list of movies Nawazuddin has showered his acting caliber to perfection.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Movies
- Black Friday (2007)
- Black & White (2008)
- New York (2009)
- Peepli Live (2010)
- Dekh Indian Circus (2011)
- Kahaani (2011)
- Paan Singh Tomar (2011)
- Gangs of Wasseypur (2011)
- Gangs of Wasseypur 2 (2012)
- Talaash (2012)
- Lunchbox (2013)
- Kick (2014)
- Bajrang Bhaijaan (2015)
- Badlaapur (2015)
- Manjhi (2015)
- Lion (2016)
- Raaes (2017)
Nawazuddin has brought life to every role he has taken up on screen. For example, a crippled villainous role in Badlapur to playing an I.B officer in Kahaani, he has nailed these roles to sheer aptness. Also, his role as a Pakistani reporter in Salman Khan Starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan was implausible.
Hard work pays off if the intent is right and Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a prime example of the same. From a watchman to becoming the finest actor in the Bollywood, the journey to the stardom is intriguing.
The Family Man Nawazuddin
Nawazuddin is a person silently works and loves his solitude over the media attention. He didn’t go gaga over his marriage at all. He secretly got arrange married to Aliya (now Anjali) in 2008. Just after a year, Anjali gave birth to a girl child, Shora. On the actors 41st Birthday, Nawazuddin was gifted with the second child whom he named Yaani.
Nawaz is offered many roles by different directors in the recent times but he makes sure he chooses his scripts logically and loves to spend time with his family. He is a total family guy.
Likes, Dislikes & More
He hasn’t been expressive off the screen and that’s the reason very handful people know Nawaz. He chooses simplicity and lets his work do the blabbering. Off the things we know, Nawaz loves to fly kites and watch movies. Also, he is very fond of farming. He snubs all the superstar actors and considers Ashish Vidhyarthi as his favorite actor.
Hard work eventually pays off
With having no home to stay to residing in a bungalow in posh locality of Andheri, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has time and again proved that hard work eventually pays off. Here’s a sneak-a-boo in the actors back account.
Net Worth (as of 2016): 20 million U.S Dollars
Cars: Ford Endeavour
The actor charges around 5-6 crores for every Bollywood Film. That is still comparatively less to the efforts he delivers in the characters. But with no Godfather in Bollywood, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has come far enough to shimmer in the stardom of Bollywood.
Rewards, Recognition and Reputation
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Awards
Siddiqui has leaped on to numerous awards since his insurgency. He was first critically praised for Prashant Bhargava’s Patang which was premiered at Berlin Film Festival. The film was loved by the critics and achieved 4 out of 4 stars for its simple and clinical story telling. Nawaz’s role in the film completely altered his acting style.
Nawaz hasn’t fallen short at any award function since his inception at the mainstream Bollywood. From national awards to Filmfare’s, Nawaz has had his presence felt over with his stellar unforgettable performances. Here is a list of awards Nawaz has received in his rigorous well carved Bollywood Career.
- National awards for the special jury category for Talash, Kahani, The great Indian circus and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
- Filmfare award for the best supporting actor for the Lunchbox (2013)
- GQ Men of the year award for breakthrough Talent (2012)
- Lions Gold Award for Lion’s favorite actor for Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
- Screen award for the best supporting actor for Talaash (2012)
- Zee Cine Awards for the best supporting actor for Talaash (2012)
Apart from the infamous Bollywood recognitions, Nawaz has received accolades from different parts of the world. He has a long list of trophies he has received for art films and international releases. He is well known globally for the immense talent he possesses and his ability to give life to an on-screen character.
Here’s a list of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s international claims and trophies.
- Cannes Festival 2016 for Raman Raghav
- Cannes Film Festival 2015 for Miyan Kal Aana (Mister come tomorrow)
- Cannes Film festival 2013 Viewer’s Choice Award for The Lunchbox
- Cannes Film Festival 2012 for Gangs of Wasseypur 1 & 2
- Nomination of Peepli Live for Oscars for the best film in foreign language
- Busan Internation Film festival, Audience choice award for Dekh India Circus.
There are two types of actors in Bollywood, one type is where you’ve got Godfathers to help you through and second ones are like Nawazuddin, all by their selves. He has been an inspiration for many who aspire to make a name in the industry. His acting skills are adored by the entire industry and one of the finest actors to swirl the world of acting on his own. He has simply taken the standards of acting to a new level.
He is one beautiful actor who gets a lot of mannerism in his roles. It doesn’t take a time to get these characters off the screen and find a loving place in your heart. Such is the supremacy of NawazuddinSiddiqui.