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Who is Nawazuddin Siddiqui ?

Nawazuddin, the eldest among 9 siblings, was born on 19th May 1974 in Budhana, a small village in the Muzaffarnagar district of U.P. He spent his childhood here, studied up to intermediate also from this village. Many people think that Nawazuddin belongs to a poor family, but it is not so, he belongs to the family of a well-off zamindar farmer. However, while making his career, he did not take any financial help from the family and saw very bad days, which ultimately made him stronger.

Nawazuddin wanted to leave his village and go out from the beginning, the reason was that the atmosphere there was not right for education.

After this he started working as a chemist in a company in Vadodara, Gujarat. He did not feel like doing this work, but had to do something, so he was doing it.


Nawazuddin`s Birth

Then one day a friend of his took him to show a film. He liked the film after that he realized that he was probably made for this purpose. In this, he took his friend’s advice, and friend explained that if you want to become an actor, you have to learn acting. After this, he enrolled in ‘National School of Drama’ and graduated from there in 1996.

Nawazuddin is a small town in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh from the old peasant family. He has graduated in Science from Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar. But if the life of the small town did not go well, then he moved to Delhi. If I wanted a way to run my life, I did not back down from working as a watchman. But I had a hunger to do something creative and had the passion to do something. So I enrolled in the National School of Drama in Delhi and graduated from there in 1996.

I also worked with Sakshi Theater Group in Delhi, where I got to work with artists like Manoj Bajpayee and Saurabh Shukla. But from here, the story of the real struggle started. After this I came to Mumbai and continued the round of rejections here. All the friends who came to Mumbai with me returned to their homes, but I stayed. In these days of desperation, I remembered one thing of my mother that in 12 years, even the days of straying are changed, son, you are a human being.

There was no one to identify his talent, because there was a chance for only the good-looking ones or only those with outer appearance. And Nawaz did not have that beauty, which would have allowed him to do something big. So he again tried to get work in films. Wherever the suiting of the film was going on, Nawaz used to reach there and look for work there, someone used to ask him what he had come here to do, then Nawaz used to say that I am an actor, he used to get the answer that he would see Not be And they were removed from there, they were tired of not listening again and again, so many times they were denied that they used to say that they have become a habit of listening, now they do not mind.

It is natural that if a person does not see his dreams being fulfilled, then he becomes frustrated, even Nawaz used to be disappointed. Many times thought that after leaving everything, I should go back to my village and go back to my parents, but then stop thinking that they would go there and they only loved acting, apart from that, they did not mind doing anything else. felt. Thinking this, then he would stop and go out in search of work again.



The National School of Drama (NSD) is one of the best places in the world to learn acting. Nawazuddin thought of taking admission in it but he needed experience of some plays beforehand, so he joined a play group, named Shakshi Theater Group; This was the group in which Manoj Bajpayee and Saurabh Shukla were also learning acting tricks with them. Nawazuddin started doing small plays.

But these plays did not provide money and if we wanted to sustain in Delhi, then we needed money. They started looking for jobs. Nawazuddin contacted and got a job as a watchman in a toys factory near Shahdara.

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It is said that those who start their journey from the very bottom, they go to the very top. That’s why Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who starred as a waiter in a Shul film in 1999 and an informer in Sarfarosh, has become a star whose three films at the Cannes Film Festival go together to spread his flair, but he doesn’t have to go national for one or four films The award is awarded. 39-year-old Nawazuddin has been awarded the 2012 National Award for Search, Gangs of Wasseypur-1, 2 and Kahani.

Nawaz says that it was such a time of struggle in Mumbai that if he used to eat food at one time, he would be upset at other times. He thought of giving up many times and thought of leaving everything and going back to the village. But then remember what the village will take with its mouth. The newcomers say, I used to go back and make fun of everyone in the village that ‘I was growing up, went to become a hero, came back.’ So I had given up on the idea of ​​going back to the village. Even if I did not have any other work, I could not do anything else. But I had thought that now living will be in Mumbai only.


Meanwhile, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap saw one of his plays in Delhi and gave him work in his film Black Friday which gave him a chance to show his ability. After that he got work in films like Firaq, New York and Dev D. The problem, he says, was that after the New York film, many films were called to play, but all were either goons or terrorists. So I had to refuse many roles. Then he got a slightly better role in Peepli Live too and his work was praised in Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahani.

He also worked with the Shakshi Theater Group to experience acting, where he got to work with artists like Manoj Bajpayee and Saurabh Shukla. But from here, the story of the real struggle started. Now he thought that instead of living in such poverty it would be better to move to Mumbai. After that he moved to Mumbai and did a lot of struggle in Mumbai, where the round of rejections started. In Mumbai, he asked for help from the senior NSD, he agreed to keep Nawaz with him but said that Nawaz would have to cook for him to be with him.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui agreed to do that as well, he had to fulfill his dream. Initially he tried to work in TV serials, after many attempts he got to do small roles in serials for a short period of time where he was mostly not noticed, after that he realized that his there Not the right place. He sometimes felt frustrated and thought of returning back to his village, but then he used to think that he would have to go back to the village and do farming and the people of the village would make fun of him.


They did not have that much money to rent a room. During the film Black Friday, director Anurag Kashyap looked at Nawaz and promised Nawazuddin Siddiqui that he would make a film about Nawaz. Nawaz was very close to success but the success had not yet been met in the true sense but his hard work and his courage never broke down and then he got a film called ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’.

This film changed the life of Nawaz. They say ‘Big Break’ on ‘Big Break’ Struggle. Then in the same year Nawaz’s second film ‘Miss Lovely’ was also released, in this film, Nawaz was in the lead role, followed by Tigmanshu Dhulia’s ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ gave a different identity to Nawaz, followed by ‘Peepli Live Aur I’. Nawaz’s acting in Kahani ‘movie received a lot of praise. Then what was Faizal Khan made of Nawazuddin Siddiqui never looked back.

Now Nawazuddin Siddiqui was not part of the crowd, nor did he need to struggle for any small moth rolls. Nawaz took a 14-year long journey to prove himself in the film industry.