Birthday Special: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Journey: From Rags To Riches

Nawazuddin-SiddiquiActor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is without any doubt Bollywood’s one of the most talented actors and also, sadly, one of the most underrated ones. It took him 26 films and a journey full of struggles before he touched the fame. Today, Nawazuddin Siddiqui turns 41 and on his special day, we want to wish the actor a very happy birthday and also thank him. Yes, we want to thank him for his great contribution to Indian cinema, for his iconic roles in films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Kahaani, Paan Singh Tomar, Kick, Badlapur and many more. On his special day, we would like to walk you through the road that Nawazuddin Siddiqui travelled, take you face to face through the struggles he had to go before he met success. Here’s a glimpse of his journey. Take a look.

Nawazuddin-siddiqui-birthdayNawazuddin Siddiqui Before He Became THE Nawazuddin Siddiqui

The actor comes from a small village in Uttar Pradesh. He was born in a farmer’s family with eight brothers and sisters. Nawazuddin never had a smooth journey. Soon after he graduated in Science from Gurukul Kangri University in Haridwar, Uttarakand, he started working as an assistant at a chemist shop. His lack of interest in his work made him quit his job and move to Delhi.

Nawazuddin-siddiqui-birthday-003When He Met His Passion

Soon enough Nawazuddin Siddiqui moved to Delhi, he realized his passion for Cinema and art. He took to theatre to follow his dreams. Nawazuddin attended The National School of Drama to learn acting and master his skills.

Nawazuddin-siddiqui-birthday-002From Delhi To Mumbai

Soon after Nawazuddin Siddiqui graduated from National School of Drama, he boarded a train for Mumbai. He left Delhi and came to Mumbai, and that’s when the struggle progressed. The year 2004 happens to be one of the most struggling years in Nawazuddin’s life. The actor hardly found any job or roles and wasn’t making any money, so he couldn’t even pay his rent. Nawazuddin asked a senior from NSD if he could stay with him. The senior agreed on one term, if he was willing to cook meals for him. The actor shared his senior’s apartment and used to cook for him.

Nawazuddin-siddiqui-birthday-004Brilliant Performances Yet No Fame

Nawazuddin was struggling to pay rent and to have a life in Mumbai, long after he already made his debut in Bollywood. Yes, Nawazuddin made his debut in Bollywood in year 1999 with Sarfarosh. The actor had a small role in the film. Nawazuddin was already delivering his best since long before limelight finally found him. The same year that he debuted in Bollywood, Nawazuddin was also seen in Shool. The actor also played the role of a pickpocketeer in Sanjay Dutt starrer film Munnabhai MBBS.Nawazuddin-siddiqui-birthday-006Work Speaks Louder Than Words

When one Bollywood star visits some prestigious award show or film festival just once, it’s the news of the year but do you know, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has not only walked Cannes Film Festival’s Red Carpet once but four times! Yes, his films Miss Lovely, Bombay Talkies, Monsoon Shootout and The Lunchbox were screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the respective years they were released. Not only that, but Nawazuddin Siddiqui has won National Award four times! Yes, Nawazuddin Siddiqui won National Film Awards for Talaash, Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur and Dekh Indian Circus. He also won a Filmfare for Best Supporting Actor in The Lunchbox.

Villian-KickFrom Small Roles To Strong Roles

He might have not received the fame from the very beginning. Things are happening slowly but it is happening and we are nothing but happy for Nawazuddin Siddiqui. He deserves all the success and recognition that there is. Right from playing small roles to grabbing strong roles, the actor showed us how talented and versatile he is. Films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Kick, Badlapur and many more provided Nawazuddin much deserving fame and soon, we’ll get to see him in upcoming films like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Farzi and Raees.