Nawazuddin Siddiqui: A Man Known For His Acting Skills


Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was born on May, 19, 1974, is an Indian performing artist, noted for his acting skills in Bollywood cinema. He had been a student of the widely known National School of Drama and took leaps forward with his skills and hope to act in Anurag Kashyap’s direction in Black Friday (2007), which honoured him with the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was a chosen as one for the Best Film (Golden Leopard) grant at the prestigious Locarno International Film Festival.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui: childhood and schooling

Nawazuddindin was brought up in the district of Uttar Pradesh, in the small hamlet called Budhana in a Zamindari Muslim family. He had seven other brothers being the eldest of all. Even though he had always pursued to become a student and practitioner of chemistry, a sudden turn off mind made him to try out acting. It was since the day he watched and enjoyed a play that he was driven by frenzy to pursue a career in acting. He gradually gave momentum to this creative desire of his in order to have a profound knowledge about the same; it was then that he acted for 10 plays directed by the students of the National School of Drama in New Delhi.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui: the career graph he traced in Bollywood

Siddiqui, being driven by passion, got enrolled in the National School of Drama and graduated from there in the year 1996 only to shift his career base in Mumbai. He carried out his debut in the block buster movie; an Amir Khan starred feature film, Sarfarosh with a very small role. Later, he acted in several other significant movies like: Munna Bhai MBBS, Jungle, School, etc. he went through a major period of turmoil in his life during his early acting career days. He did not used to get significant roles to enact in the movies, besides, even if he got, they were so small that his earning was not satisfactory. The early days of his struggle, he found it difficult to pay off his rent in Mumbai and was granted by one of his acquaintances to stay with him in his apartment; life was still not easy, as he was given a condition by virtue of which he could stay free of cost! He was asked to prepare food for his acquaintance and only then he could have been allowed to stay with him.

He has also well remembered as the singer in white attire along with his partner cum co worker, Rasila in the experimental movie, Dev D (that was based on Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s Devdas and was treated with a deconstructive approach to suit our modern way of living). In fact, the duo was popularly known as “Patna Ke Presley” in the industry.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui: the topsy turvy filmography

Not many new about Nawazuddin Siddiqui during his early days of struggle in the Bollywood industry, knowing his name was altogether an irrelevant issue. After a series of movies like Jungle, School, Dev D, Munna Bhai MBBS, etc he acted in New York, Peepli Live (in which he played the role of a journalist). It was with the release of the movie, Patang: The Kite, that he got recognised by the movie buffs. The movie was of success and had been featured and praised by the notable Tribeca Film Festival as well as the Berlin Film Festival. Nawazuddin has been giving his best acting shots since then in a series of block buster movies like: Kahaani, the Gangs of Wasseypur, Manjhi The Mountain Man and so on.