Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s story and career rise is an inspirational for anyone who wants to achieve his or her goals, no matter what the obstacles are. He was born on May 19, 1974 in Budhiana, a little town in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. He was raised in a large family with seven brothers and two sisters. His father was a farmer while mother was a housewife.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Success Story
Nawazuddin graduated with a science degree from Gurukul Kangri University in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. He got a job of a chemist, after where he moved to Delhi for better prospects. He got a job as a watchman to sustain himself. In the mornings, he went to watch plays and joined a theater group, while working as an office watchman in the night. Nawazuddin worked hard as a theater actor and graduated from National School of Drama. He worked with people like Manoj Bajpai and Saurabh Shukla in plays organized by the Sakshi Theater Group. He even served tea to the artistes and cleaned the sets. He recalls that he had an interest in acting but was not really sure that he could act. After procuring the degree from NSD, he came to Mumbai in search for a TV or movie job. It was quite a difficult period in his life with little or no work at all. Nawazuddin who found it difficult to pay rent, eventually shared it with a fellow NSD actor in Mumbai, at Goregaon. The only condition was that Nawazuddin should prepare meals for him, which he duly agreed.
Nawazuddin got his first assignment in a cameo role in Sarfarosh, where he got a 20 second role of a person who is scared out of his wits, when Aamir Khan (playing the protagonist police officer) interrogates him. The role hardly did anything for him as he was still scouting and looking out for jobs. He played waiter in a restaurant in Shool and had a slightly longer role of a pickpocketeer in Munnabhai MBBS in 2003. Nawazuddin did not get much work in television too, his short height of 5.5 inches and his not-so handsome features also working against him. Though he got another small film called The Bypass in 2003, which co-starred Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin was still jobless. He moved in to another flat which he shared with four people. The only source of income for Nawazzudin were the far and few acting workshops.
Anurag Kashyap turned the tide for Nawaz with the role of Asgar Mukadam in Black Friday. He got his first lead role in Patang, where he had to play the role of a wedding singer called Chakku. This movie made by Prashant Bhargava premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Famed film critic Robert Ebert gave the movie four-stars and gave a high rating for Nawazuddin’s performance. Work started pouring in; he did an impactful cameo of a victimized man in New York (2009) and also a cameo in Dev D. Aamir Khan’s productions’ ‘Peepli Live’ (2010) gave him a plum role of a journalist.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui became a household name when he created a huge impact as a short-tempered police officer in ‘Kahaani’. Anurag Kashyap’s movie ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ gave him fame as a seasoned actor, the sequel had him as the protagonist garnering him, both name and fame. He bagged the lead role opposite BIpasha Basu in ‘Aatma’ in 2012. In 2012, Nawazuddin was seen overshadowing even Aamir Khan in Talaash (2012). He acted in his first out-and-out commercial movie ‘Kick’ in 2014 and was singled out as the best performer among the set of actors in the film. 2015 started out on a fantastic note for Nawazuddin Siddiqui in ‘Badlapur’ as he pitched in a sterling performance of Liaq, who murders the protagonist’s wife in the heat of the moment.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s upcoming movies include Raees, which has Shah Rukh Khan in the lead-role and Bhajrangi Bhaijaan which co-stars Salman Khan.
He has won National Film Awards for his work in Talaash and Filmfare Award for The Lunchbox, among numerous other awards.
Nawazzudin Siddiqui – House
Nawazzudin Siddiqui stays in a one-bedroom house in Zohra Nagar with wife Anjali and four year old daughter Shora. His brother Shamaas also stays with him.
He has a chauffeur-driven Ford Ikon.
Nawazzudin Siddiqui net worth
He is paid 4 crore per film and considering he does 4 films in an average in a year, it reaches around 12 to 16 crore.
His formula for success
He believes that hard work pays off sooner or later. He believes in adding quality to his work. He is okay with doing miniscule roles for big banner films, as long as the role has value. He says that he is not really swayed by the luxuries of life and can adapt to a simplistic life with remarkable ease.
He loves the Calcutta biryani, especially the potatoes in it.
Nawazuddin says that he does the PR activity himself, he handles his own interviews and dates. He says that he finds the self promotion weird. He says that he does not even have a Twitter account. He adds, “‘A friend opened a Facebook account for me, which I do not really use. I believe that you should do good things and everything else will be taken care of.”
Favorite movie and actors
Nawazuddin Siddiquie says that the movie Bicycle Thief which he watched during the theater days influenced his determination to become an actor. He looks up to Dilip Kumar and Nasserudin Shah for inspiration as actor.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Wife Anjali and daughter Shora
Nawazuddin Siddiqui – pictures (from his movies)