Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Gangs of Wasseypur 2 promotion.jpg
Siddiqui at Gangs of Wasseypur 2 promotion,
Born (1974-05-19) 19 May 1974 (age 40)
Budhana, Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation Actor
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).[1] 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 film critic Roger Ebert (awarding the film 4/4 stars),[2] a role which 'transformed his acting style'.[3] He has collaborated with the critically acclaimed director Anurag Kashyap on multiple occasions.

He was awarded the Special Jury Award at the 60th National Film Awards 2012, for his work in films, Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus and Talaash.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is from Budhana a small town of Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh from a Muslim family, where his father is a farmer.[5][6][7] Siddiqui grew up amongst nine siblings, seven brothers and two sisters.[5][8]

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. However, after one year there he joined a theatre group and started watching plays, while working as a watchman at an office.[5][8][9]

He graduated from the The National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi in 1996[10] for his theatre academics.

Career[edit]

He went to the National School of Drama New Delhi.[11] 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 was willing to cook meals for him.[12] Nawazuddin made his Bollywood debut in 1999, with a small role in Aamir khan starrer, Sarfarosh.[13] After that, he hung out at film studios and shootings but only got stereotypical roles. After moving to Mumbai he tried to get work in television serials, but did not achieve much success.[14][15] He did a short film The Bypas in 2003, where he appeared with actor, Irrfan Khan.[16] 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.[14]

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),[2] a role which 'transformed his acting style'.[3] 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 the 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.[17] He became a household name post Kahaani (2012), where he played the archetypal short-tempered intelligence officer Khan.[18] Anurag Kashyap's gangster epic Gangs of Wasseypur followed which furthered his fame.[19] He played his first primary role as Sonu Duggal in Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely[20] which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival,[21][22] a role Nawazuddin describes as his "most real performance so far."[23] Nawazuddin then followed this up with the sequel to Gangs of Wasseypur. In 2013, he played the lead role in the horror flick Aatma.[24] 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,[25] Los Angeles Times[25] and Roger Ebert.He has also appeared in the Salman Khan starrer flick "Kick" . He plays the role of an antagonist for which he has received several positive reviews.

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Mumbai at Yari Road, Andheri West with his younger brother Shamaas Nawab Siddiqui.[26] who is a director. He is married and has a daughter named Shora.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1999 Shool waiter in restaurant time : 35:00
1999 Sarfarosh Criminal 1(Credited)/ arrested through victoria house raid
2003 Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Pickpocketeer
The Bypass Bandit
2004 Black Friday Asgar Mukadam
2008 Black & White
2009 Firaaq Hanif
2009 New York Zilgai
2010 Peepli Live Rakesh Kapoor
2011 Dekh Indian Circus Jethu National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film)
(also for Talaash, Gangs of Wasseypur & Kahaani)
2012 Kahaani IB Officer A.Khan
Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 Faizal Khan Lions Gold Awards 2012 - Lions Favorite Actor
Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 Faizal Khan Lions Gold Awards 2012 - Lions Favorite Actor
Chittagong Nirmal Sen
Talaash Taimur Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Patang Chakku Screened at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival
Miss Lovely Sonu Duggal Screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. released in India January 17,2014
2013 Aatma[27][28] Abhay
Bombay Talkies Purandar Screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Shorts[29]
Liar's Dice Nawazuddin Sundance Film Festival
Monsoon Shootout Shiva Screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
The Lunchbox Shaikh Screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Mountain Man[30] Dashrath Manjhi Post-Production
Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa[31] Anwar Post-production
2014 Kick Shiv Gajra
Ghoomketu Ghoomketu Post-production
Miyan Kal Aana Producer Post-production
Haraamkhor Shyam Post-production
2015 Badlapur Filming
Farzi Pre-Production

Awards[edit]

Year Award Film Category Result
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 Asian Film Awards Talaash: The Answer Lies Within Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
2012 New York Indian Film Festival Dekh Indian Circus Award for Best Actor[32] Won
2012 GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012 For work done in 2012 Breakthrough Talent[33][34] Won
2012 Lions Gold Awards 2012 Gangs of Wasseypur Lions Favourite Actor[35] Won
2013 Filmfare Awards The Lunchbox Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
2013 Renault Star Guild Awards The Lunchbox Best Actor In A Supporting Role Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ I was a rejected actor: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  2. ^ a b "Patang Movie Review & Film Summary (2012)". Chicago Sun-Times. 13 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Working on Patang has had an enormous impact on every role I have done since" - Nawazuddin Siddiqui - BollySpice
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ a b c "My father is a farmer too: Nawazuddin". The Times of India. 2 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Star banna boring lagta hai, says 'Gangs of Wasseypur' actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui". CNN-IBN. 28 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Nawazuddin Siddique: A journey from a watchman to Bollywood - Entertainment - DNA
  8. ^ a b "Nawazuddin Siddiqui:The ordinary star". Tehelka. July 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  9. ^ "Won't do second lead anymore: Nawazuddin Siddiqui". Deccan Chronicle. 18 March 2012. .
  10. ^ ::: National School of Drama | Alumni :::
  11. ^ Bollywood diaries! Nawazuddin Siddiqui's journey from a watchman to darling of crossover cinema : Celebrities, News - India Today
  12. ^ Sinha, Chinki. "Now Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui". openthemagazine. openthemagazine. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Aamir sir recommended me for 'Talaash': Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  14. ^ a b "‘My family counts only the Khans as actors’". Indian Express. 27 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Nawazuddin Siddiqui on a roll". The Times of India. 15 March 2012. 
  16. ^ The Bypass IMDB.
  17. ^ Won't do second lead anymore: Nawazuddin Siddiqui CNN-IBN, 18 March 2012.
  18. ^ Nawazuddin Siddiqui on a roll
  19. ^ Aamir Khan has no airs about himself: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  20. ^ Mint: Cheap Yet Lovely
  21. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  22. ^ "Indian movie Miss Lovely at Cannes film fest". Times of India. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  23. ^ Caravan: The late but unstoppable rise of Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  24. ^ Gangs of Wasseypur – Part II trending on Twitter
  25. ^ a b http://nyti.ms/KqRyEc
  26. ^ [1]
  27. ^ 'Aatma' not horror film: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  28. ^ new film aatma
  29. ^ "Anurag Kashyap's next 'Shorts' - First Look". Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  30. ^ "Even TV industry had rejected me: Nawazuddin - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  31. ^ 'http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-10/news-interviews/38433496_1_miss-lovely-anwar-ka-ajab-kissa-niharika-singh
  32. ^ Best Actor Award – New York Indian Film Festival
  33. ^ Breakthrough Talent – GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012
  34. ^ Nawazuddin at GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012
  35. ^ Nawazuddin at Lions Gold Awards 2012

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