Popular Bollywood Actor. who has appeared in some of Bollywood's major films. His Life Journey from a watchman to Bollywood is truly inspirational. whose classic rags-to-riches story is as striking as his acting prowess and versatility.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Actor Motivational Speaker Profile
Nawazuddin is one of the nine children of a Muslim farmer born in a small town called Budhana in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. He started working as a chemist in a petrochemical company, but quit soon after because he dreamt of becoming an actor. Shortly afterwards he moved to Delhi, where he took up a job as a watchman. He also joined a theatre there, and started watching plays.
By the time Nawazuddin graduated from the National School of Drama in 1996, he was broke.
Siddiqui went to the National School of Drama, New Delhi. After graduating from NSD, he moved to Mumbai. In 2004, which was one of the worst years of his struggle, he couldn’t pay any rent. He asked an NSD senior if he could stay with him. The senior allowed him to share his apartment in Goregaon if he was willing to cook meals for him.
He faced a lot of struggle and hardships in his initial days in Mumbai that tested his patience and passion for acting. He played his part in short films, television and small roles in some Bollywood movies. He was always on the lookout for the right opportunity to portray his acting skills. He got his first major breakthrough in 2007 with his film Black Friday written and directed by Anurag Kashyap. This was followed by a series of films like New York, Peepli Live, Kahaani, DevD, Paan Singh Tomarand Firaaq where he played small yet substantial roles.
He has been delivering power packed performances consistently by playing small roles on the big screen, but he did not get much recognition before his two films were screened at the 65th International Cannes Film Festival, the two films being Anurag Kashyap’s two part ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and Ashim Ahluwalia’s ‘Miss Lovely’.
Nawaz received the Special Jury Award at the 2012 National Film Awards and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2013.
Nawazuddin now carefully selects his roles for different movies and believes that to succeed in life, one must make the right decisions at the right times and move steadily.
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