Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Rise from Bollywood to Hollywood!

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.

Priya Banerjee - Yet another South Actress enters Bollywood

After Asin, Ileana D’Cruz, Shruti Haasan the new South Indian beauty to join Bollywood is Priya Banerjee, who after her stint in Tamil and Telugu films is making her foray in Bollywood opposite none other than Bollywood top actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Sanjay Gupta’s much publicized film JAZBAA. 

Sanjay Gupta briefing the media about introducing Priya Banerjee in Bollywood said, “I was looking out for a new heroine with a foreign upbringing. Incidentally somebody gave me a video of Priya’s Tamil film and I was floored as she fitted the role to a perfect ‘T’.”


“Soon after watching the film I asked my casting director to trace the actress and confirm that she hasn't signed any other Hindi film, we auditioned her, and she was impressive. She is a fine actor and plays an important role in the film", informed Gupta. 

Born and brought up in Canada, Priya Banerjee has the distinction of being Miss Photogenic at the Miss World Canada in 2011. Since her childhood she aspired to be an actress. Hence she also got herself trained in Kathak and Rabindra Sangeet(classical music) in Canada and even did many stage performances in Canada. 

A graduate in International marketing and computer science, Priya Banerjee moved to Mumbai in 2012 and enrolled herself at Anupam Kher’s acting institute called ‘Actor Prepares’, regarded as India’s finest acting school for talented aspiring actors. 

In an interview Priya said, “I was fascinated with Indian films, I have grown up watching Bollywood cinema. I started with SHOLAY my all-time favourite.” 

Speaking about her debut film she said, “After completing my acting course I had returned to Canada when a friend informed me that famous Telugu actor cum director Adivi Sesh was looking for a debutant actress hence I sent my video and got selected for the film KISS and rest is history.” 

JAZBAA is the much publicized film not only because it is the comeback film of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, but the movie brings multiple talented actors from both commercial and art cinema like Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi, Atul Kulkarni, Anupam Kher along with Siddhanth Kapoor and John Abraham.

What’s Common between Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan?

Bollywood rivalry is common. Be it the rivalry between the Three Khan’s and as regards actresses Bollywood is famous for its axiom ‘Actresses can never be good friends’! Bollywood has a long list like Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor; Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma; Katrina Kaif and Sonakshi Sinha etc. 

However an exceptional example was seen recently when actress Deepika Padukone bagged the Best Actress award for Happy New Year at the Screen Awards and graciously dedicated her award to the most deserving actress of the year viz. Kangana Ranaut, who is excellent in her movie QUEEN but incidentally has been ignored the honor till now.

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While picking her Screen Best Actress Award Deepika Padukone, who is known for opening her heart out candidly confessed, “Thank you for this award, but I believe that this year belonged to Kangana. So, Kangana, this one’s for you.”

Deepika Padukone’s humane gesture takes one memory down lane to the year 1992 when Amiatbh Bachchan was awarded the Best Actor Filmfare Award for his marvelous performance of a gangster turned Good Samaritan in Mukul Anand’s HUM. However that year Sanjay Dutt had given his career’s most powerhouse performance in Lawrence D'Souza’s SAAJAN, starring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, and Salman Khan

The highlight of the movie was that Sanjay Dutt, unlike is routine image of an action hero, played a tragic role of a handicapped poet, who secretly loves the heroine fearing her rejection being disabled. The movie was super hit not only for its song but the splendid performance of Sanjay Dutt

Hence when Amitabh Bachchan went up the dice to receive the award he dedicated the award to Sanjay and called him up on stage and himself handed his award to him.

So now you know what is common between Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone