Nawazuddin Siddiqui, fondly addressed as ‘Nawaz Bhai’ is known for his electrifying acting and risk-taking abilities. He has been receiving praises for his latest releases at the beginning of 2019. The first one being Rajnikanth starer ‘Petta’ in which he played a negative character named Singaar Singh to perfection and the other one, a biopic on the great Balasaheb Thackeray that was completely justified by Nawazuddin. Nawazuddin is one of the most versatile and natural actors of Indian Cinema. His performances have been making the audiences adore his acting abilities since the past few years.
However, life was not easy for him as he had to fight his way up towards superstardom. It is this struggle that made Nawazuddin capable of doing all types of roles that comes his way. Be it lead, negative, side or even smaller roles, he makes sure that he justifies every role with honesty and dedication. Nonetheless, there are certain facts about this ‘Gangs of Wasseypur ‘actor which are lesser known!
1. A humble background :
Nawazuddin was born to a zamindari Muslim family in Budhana, a small town in Muzzafarnagar district in the state of Uttar Pradesh. He was the eldest of all the eight siblings. Nawazuddin did not compromise with academics to fulfil his passion for acting and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya in Haridwar.
2. Did odd jobs :
During his early days, Nawazuddin did not hesitate to do any type of work. He started out by working as a chemist in Vadodara. Later, he even worked as a watchman in Delhi and this was the time when he developed a love for theatre and eventually enrolled in National School of Drama to learn acting.
3. Initial roles that went unnoticed :
This might sound strange to you, but no one knew of Nawazuddin during his first decade in the industry. It was only after his performance in the movie New York (2009) that caught the people’s attention. He made his onscreen debut in Sarfarosh (1999) with a short role of a local criminal followed by movies like Munnabhai MBBS, Black Friday, Manorama Six Feet Under, etc. However, these movies did the least to help Nawazuddin establish himself.
4. His struggle in Mumbai :
Nawazuddin moved to Mumbai to pursue his acting career. However, it seemed like destiny had other plans for him. He stopped receiving work after a point and in fact, was unemployed for two years. His condition had grown so miserable that he had to cook meals for his senior at NSD in order to make ends meet.
5. Never craves for the spotlight :
This is one of the most unique features that helped Nawazuddin become one of Bollywood’s most respected actors. Unlike other celebrities, he does not seek any media attention or indulges in any high-profile business ventures. One can only find him at the centre stage when it’s time to promote his movies or while doing commercial works.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s ‘never say die’ attitude is indeed an inspiration to all!