From a mere extra to a celebrity actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s raise is an ideal example that perseverance and hard work always pays. True indeed because history is witness that from star of millennium Amitabh Bachchan to the Thalaiva Rajinikanth the film industry has always rewarded deserving talents, though after taxing with severe struggle and bitter tribulations.
After winning applause as the key villain opposite Salman Khan in the commercial Bollywood hit KICK the latest news is that Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to conquer Hollywood and has been signed opposite Hollywood star Nicole Kidman.
The film an adaptation of Saroo Brierley’s book, A Long Way Home, also stars Dev Patel, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Deepti Naval. This film will be directed by Garth Davis.
Truly this is a dream come true to the actor who made his debut doing minimal roles of extras in 1999 and struggled for over a decade and eventually tasted success with GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, winning not just Special Jury’s National Award but also adulation of film buffs.
In an interview Nawazuddin Siddiqui said, “I still remember those days when I used to run pillar to post begging for tit bit roles to make a living. But I did not lose heart and kept struggling.”
“ My father, my family and my friends always advised me to return back to home town ‘Budhana’ a small town of Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh but it was only my mother, who encouraged me and believed that I would be successful!,” informs Nawazuddin Siddiqui’
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a graduate from countries most prestigious film acting institute, National School of Drama, (NSD), which has produced many luminaries that include Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Irrfan Khan, and hold your breath Shah Rukh Khan!
Today Nawazuddin Siddiqui has become a star and is doing multiple commercial films like BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN opposite Salman Khan; RAEES opposite Shah Rukh Khan; BADLAPUR opposite Varun Dhawan and FARZI opposite Shahid Kapoor!
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has umpteen awards under his belt that includes Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in THE LUNCHBOX; Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor for TALAASH: THE ANSWER LIES Within; Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor for GANGS OF WASSEYPUR and the New York Indian Film Festival r Best Actor in DEKH INDIAN CIRCUS.