From a Watchman to an Actor, story of Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

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Somewhere in the world, a man was struggling to make his dreams come true, he did the job of the watchman, he tried his luck in other things, but didn’t succeed. We are talking about the very talented actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui. He was born May 19, 1974, from Budhana a small town of Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh. He is an Indian film actor who has appeared in some of Bollywood’s major films including, Black Friday (2004), New York (2009), Peepli Live (2010), Kahani (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 (2012).

Siddiqui along with his six brothers and two sisters somehow managed to get an education in the village, where it is hard to get. The scenario of the villages was different from the cities. The village only knew three things — wheat, sugarcane, and guns. Because of the fear, the family moves out in search for a better livelihood.

After graduating in science from a university in Hardwar, for a short time period, he worked as a chemist in a petrochemical company for a short while in Baroda. Later he moved to Delhi, where he worked as a watchman at various places and in the next one and a half year period, he started watching and also participated in the plays.

Eventually, he graduated from The National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi in 1996. After this, his life going uphill for him p, and the versatile Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the true ideal of proving, how success comes from never giving up.

After passing out of NSD, he shifted to Mumbai to try his luck in Bollywood’s. He walked from studio to studio, set to set in finding himself doing only petty roles or the ones where he was just a part of a crowd. Nawazuddin made his Bollywood’s debut in 1999, with a small role in Aamir Khan film, Sarfarosh. After moving to Mumbai he tried to get work in television serials, but his big break was Black Friday (2007) by Anurag Kashyap. After his debut, he appeared in minor roles, where he remained largely unnoticed, despite his strong performances. He did a short film The Bypass in 2003, where he appeared with the actor, Irrfan Khan.   His first major lead role was as a wedding singer in Patang, which made it to the Berlin International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. However, he got real recognition from the movie Peepli Live, where he played a journalist. The year 2012 was the turning point for him with films like Kahaani and Gangs of Wasseypur bang on box office and that was the time when people start recognizing Nawaz as an actor. That was the time when people identified the potential of the talented and wonderful actor. That was a time when Nawaz didn’t look back into his life. After acting in the films like Kahaani, Nawaz went on to act in big movies like Talaash, Badlapur, Lunchbox, Kick, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Raees, and also the Oscar-nominated Lion.

In an interview, he told about the reactions from his friends and relatives upon his stardom. He said, “It’s a sense of satisfaction because I proved all of them wrong. All of them said ‘kya hero banega when I set out. When I go back now they say ‘isne toh karke dikhaya. I made it possible.”

Like everybody says, you would never know, how life will turn. The same thing happened with Nawaz. When asked if he ever thought of giving up, he says, “So many times I felt I was wasting my time because things were just not working out. But I couldn’t even go back. What would I do there? Spent all my life acting and I don’t know any other work. Also, I was afraid my friends would tease me. Arrey hero banne gaya tha, wapas laut aaya .From being just an extra and the side actor to being a lead actor and attending to film festivals like Cannes and currently being one of the most talented and versatile actors of the Indian film industry, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s story is quite an inspirational rags-to-riches tale.


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