Siddiqui at Gangs of Wasseypur 2 promotion,
19 May 1974 |
Budhana, Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Years active||1999 - Present|
Nawazuddin Siddiqui (born 19 May 1974) 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), Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 (2012), Manjhi (2013) and Talaash (2012). After a period of unnoticed performances in his early career, he appeared in four major films of 2012 – Kahaani (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 (2012) and Talaash (2012), all of which earned him wide critical reception and many Awards including Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male both for his role as Taimur in Talaash: The Answer Lies Within as well as Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gangs of Wasseypur.
Siddiqui became a household name in 2012, when his acting career reached a high point, "Gangs of Wasseypur 2 " was the most Important film for Nawazuddin, which gave him a stardom and respect among fellow film artists.His first lead role in a feature film was in Prashant Bhargava's Patang, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, for which Nawazuddin's performance has been praised by world renowned film critic Roger Ebert (awarding the film 4/4 stars), a role which 'transformed his acting style'. He has collaborated with the critically acclaimed director Anurag Kashyap on multiple occasions.
Early life and education
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is from Budhana a small town of Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh from a Muslim family, where his father is a farmer. Siddiqui grew up amongst nine siblings, seven brothers and two sisters.
After graduating in science from Gurukul Kangri University in Haridwar, Uttarakand, he worked as a chemist in a petrochemical company for a short while. But boredom set in soon, and he moved to Delhi, where he worked as a watchman. Here in the next one and a half-year period, he started watching plays, while working as a watchman at an office.
He went to the National School of Drama New Delhi. After graduating from NSD, he shifted 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 is willing to cook meals for him. Nawazuddin made his Bollywood debut in 1999, with a small role in Aamir Khan starrer, Sarfarosh. After that, he hanged out at film studios and shootings but got stereotypical roles only. He fit the profile of a poor man as he was dark, had hollow cheeks, and lean. He was always the dhobi, the watchman, the extra on the sets. There was a year he had no money. He’d eat if someone offered food, or sleep on an empty stomach. He used to travel in local trains without a ticket, walk for hours, smoke shared cigarettes. He was seen as a waiter in Shool- Manoj Bajpayee starrer, as a pickpocket in Sunny Deol starrer Salaakhen and as a cutpurse in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.. After moving to Mumbai he tried to get work in television serials, but did not achieve much success. He did a short film The Bypass in 2003, where he appeared with actor, Irrfan Khan. Beyond that between 2002–05, he was largely out of work, and lived in a flat he shared with four other people, and survived by conducting occasional acting workshops.
His appearance in Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday (2004) paved way for other powerful roles. His first lead role in a feature film was as the wedding singer Chakku in Prashant Bhargava's Patang (shot in 2007-2008), which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival, for which Nawazuddin's natural performance has been praised by world renowned film critic Roger Ebert (awarding the film 4 stars), a role which 'transformed his acting style'. In 2009, he appeared in a cameo role in hit song "emotional atyachar" in the movie Dev D in his moniker as Rangila along with his duo Rasila (known together as Patna ke Presley). Nawazuddin was noticed in film "New York" . However it was his role of a journalist in Aamir Khan Productions's Peepli Live (2010), that first got him recognition as an actor. This was followed by a role as police informer Gopi in the biopic, Paan Singh Tomar directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia also in the same year.
He became a household name post Kahaani (2012), where he played the archetypal short-tempered intelligence officer Khan. Anurag Kashyap's gangster epic Gangs of Wasseypur followed which furthered his fame. He played his first primary role as Sonu Duggal in Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, a role Nawazuddin describes as his "most real performance so far." Nawazuddin then followed this up with the sequel to Gangs of Wasseypur. In 2013, he played the lead role in the horror flick Aatma. He has appeared in Aamir Khan's 2012 release, Talash. His film Patang, which was recently released in the U.S. and Canada, is garnering much attention for Nawazuddin with rave reviews from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Roger Ebert.
|2003||Munna Bhai M.B.B.S||Pickpocket|
|2004||Black Friday||Asghar Yusuf Mukadam|
|2007||Manorama Six Feet Under||Local Goon|
|Dev D||Rangeela (Cameo Song "Emotional Attyachar")|
|2010||Peepli Live||Rakesh Kapoor|
|2012||Paan Singh Tomar||Gopi|
|Kahaani||IB Officer A.Khan|
|Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1||Faizal Khan|
|Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2||Faizal Khan|
|Talaash||Taimur||Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Dekh Indian Circus||Jethu||National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film)
(also for Talaash, Gangs of Wasseypur & Kahaani)
|Patang||Chakku||To be released in India.|
|Miss Lovely||Sonu Duggal||To be released in India.|
|Bombay Talkies||Purandar||Screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival|
|Monsoon Shootout||Shiva||Screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival|
|The Lunchbox||Shaikh||Screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival|
|Mountain Man||Dashrath Manjhi||Post-Production|
|Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa||Anwar||Post-production|
Awards and Nominations
|2012||National Film Awards||Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus||Special Jury Award||Won|
|2012||Zee Cine Awards||Talaash: The Answer Lies Within||Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male||Won|
|2012||Screen Awards||Talaash: The Answer Lies Within||Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|2012||Stardust Awards||Gangs of Wasseypur||Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|2012||New York Indian Film Festival||Dekh Indian Circus||Award for Best Actor||Won|
|2012||GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012||For work done in 2012||Breakthrough Talent||Won|
|2012||Lions Gold Awards 2012||Gangs of Wasseypur||Lions Favourite Actor||Won|
- Patang Movie Review & Film Summary (2012) | Roger Ebert
- "Working on Patang has had an enormous impact on every role I have done since" - Nawazuddin Siddiqui - BollySpice
- "List of Awards Announced in various categories for the 60th National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "My father is a farmer too: Nawazuddin". The Times of India. 2 October 2010.
- "Star banna boring lagta hai, says 'Gangs of Wasseypur' actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui". CNN-IBN. 28 June 2012.
- Nawazuddin Siddique: A journey from a watchman to Bollywood - Entertainment - DNA
- "Nawazuddin Siddiqui:The ordinary star". Tehelka. July 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- "Won't do second lead anymore: Nawazuddin Siddiqui". Deccan Chronicle. 18 March 2012..
- ::: National School of Drama | Alumni :::
- Bollywood diaries! Nawazuddin Siddiqui's journey from a watchman to darling of crossover cinema : Celebrities, News - India Today
- Sinha, Chinki. "Now Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui". openthemagazine. openthemagazine. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- Aamir sir recommended me for 'Talaash': Nawazuddin Siddiqui
- "‘My family counts only the Khans as actors’". Indian Express. 27 May 2012.
- "Nawazuddin Siddiqui on a roll". The Times of India. 15 March 2012.
- The Bypass IMDB.
- Won't do second lead anymore: Nawazuddin Siddiqui CNN-IBN, 18 March 2012.
- Nawazuddin Siddiqui on a roll
- Aamir Khan has no airs about himself: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
- Mint: Cheap Yet Lovely
- "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "Indian movie Miss Lovely at Cannes film fest". Times of India. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- Caravan: The late but unstoppable rise of Nawazuddin Siddiqui
- Gangs of Wasseypur – Part II trending on Twitter
- 'Aatma' not horror film: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
- new film aatma
- "Anurag Kashyap's next 'Shorts' - First Look". Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- Even TV industry had rejected me: Nawazuddin - Times Of India
- Best Actor Award – New York Indian Film Festival
- Breakthrough Talent – GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012
- Nawazuddin at GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012
- Nawazuddin at Lions Gold Awards 2012
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