Siddiqui in 2017
19 May 1974
Budhana, Uttar Pradesh, India
National School of Drama|
Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya
|Relatives||Shamaas Nawab Siddiqui|
Nawazuddin Siddiqui (born 19 May 1974) is an Indian actor, known for his works in Hindi cinema. An alumnus of the National School of Drama, Siddiqui's breakthrough role was with Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday (2007), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was a nominee for the Best Film (Golden Leopard) award at the Locarno Film Festival. He is a three-time nominee for Best Supporting Actor at the Filmfare Awards, winning for The Lunchbox.
Siddiqui was born on 19 May 1974 in Budhana, a small town and tehsil in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh, India, into a zamindari Muslim family of Lambardars. He is the eldest of his eight siblings.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar. Following this, he worked as a chemist in Vadodara for a year, before leaving for Delhi in search of a new job. Once in Delhi, he was instantly drawn to acting after watching a play. In pursuit of securing admission at the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi, he acted in over ten plays with a group of friends, to fulfill one of the criteria for admission.
Siddiqui made his Bollywood debut in 1999, with a small role in the Aamir Khan starrer Sarfarosh. He then appeared in Ram Gopal Varma's Shool (1999), Jungle (2000); and Rajkumar Hirani's Munnabhai MBBS (2003). 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 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. 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.
In 2009, he appeared in a cameo role in the song "Emotional Atyachar" in the movie Dev D in his role of Rangila, along with his duet partner Rasila (known together as Patna ke Presley). In the same year he appeared in New York (2009). However, it was his role of a journalist in Anusha Rizvi's Peepli Live (2010), that first got him wide recognition as an actor. In 2012, he appeared in Prashant Bhargava's Patang : The Kite (2012) which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival, for which Siddiqui's performance was praised by film critic Roger Ebert, a role which "transformed his acting style". The film was subsequently released in the U.S. and Canada, and garnered much attention with rave reviews from the New York Times.
He then appeared in Kahaani (2012), in which 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 Siddiqui describes as his "most real performance so far." Siddiqui then followed this up with the sequel to Gangs of Wasseypur. In 2013, he played the lead role in the horror flick Aatma. He appeared in Aamir Khan's 2012 release Talash. In 2014, he played lead antagonist Shiv Gajra, in the blockbuster Kick.
In 2015, Siddiqui's films Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Manjhi - The Mountain Man were released, and he was praised for his roles. Siddiqui appeared in a film based in Gujarat, titled Haraamkhor. For his performance in Haramkhor, he was awarded "Best Actor" at the New York Indian Film Festival. Siddiqui received the Special Jury Award at the 2012 National Film Awards. and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2013.
|Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!||Nawaz||Uncredited|
|Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar||As one of the leaders of Second Mahad Satyagraha and in background of Manusmriti Dahan|
|2003||The Bypass||First bandit|
|Mudda – The Issue||Cameo|
|Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.||Pickpocketer|
|Ek Chalis Ki Last Local||Ponnappa's brother|
|Manorama Six Feet Under||Local goon|
|Black Friday||Asgar Mukadam|
|2008||Black & White||Tahir Tayyabuddin|
|Dev.D||Himself||Special appearance in song "Emotional"|
|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 and Kahaani)
|2012||Kahaani||IB Officer A. Khan|
|Paan Singh Tomar||Gopi|
|Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1||Faizal Khan||Lions Favorite Actor|
|Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2||Faizal Khan||Lions Favorite Actor|
|Talaash||Taimur||Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Miss Lovely||Sonu Duggal||Theatrical release 2014|
|The Lunchbox||Shaikh||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa (Sniffer)||Anwar|||
|Bajrangi Bhaijaan||Chand Nawab|
|Manjhi - The Mountain Man||Dashrath Manjhi|
|2016||Raman Raghav 2.0||Ramanna|
|Te3n||Father Martin Das|
|Lion||Rama||Australian / English Film|
|Raees||SP Jaideep Ambalal Majmudar|
|In Defence of Freedom||Saadat Hasan Manto||Short film|
|Jagga Jasoos||Bashir Alexandar||Guest Appearance|
|Mom||Daya Shankar "DK" Kapoor|
|Munna Michael||Mahinder Fauji|
|Babumoshai Bandookbaaz||Babu Bihari||Lead Role|
|The Maya Tape||Saurabh Tiwari||Completed |
|Carbon||Man from Mars||Short film|
|Mukkabaaz||Himself||Guest appearance in song "Mushkil Hai Apna Meil Priye"|
|Manto||Saadat Hasan Manto|
|2001||Parsai Kehte Hain||DD National|
|2014||Yudh||Sanjay Mishra||Sony TV|
|2018||McMafia||Dilly Mahmood||BBC One, AMC|
|2018||Sacred Games||Ganesh Gaitonde||Netflix|||
Siddiqui lives in Mumbai with his younger brother, Shamas Nawab Siddiqui who is a director. Nawazuddin is married to Anjali and they have a daughter, Shora, and a son who was born on the actor's 41st birthday.
Siddiqui's memoir An Ordinary Life was published on 25 October 2017, narrating, alongside his journey to stardom, the minutest details of his love affairs, the account of one, with his Miss Lovely co-star Niharika Singh, raising controversy; and the book was withdrawn a couple of days later, due to a complaint filed with the National Commission for Women (NCW) by a Delhi lawyer on Niharika Singh's behalf, and a resultant backlash.
Siddiqui's 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 noted film critic Roger Ebert (awarding the film 4/4 stars), a role which "transformed his acting style".
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 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 was awarded the Special Jury Award at the 60th National Film Awards 2012, for his work in the films Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus and Talaash. He has been honored by Sandeep Marwah with life membership in the International Film and Television Club of the Asian Academy of Film & Television.
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