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Birthday special: Nawazuddin Siddhiqui’s journey assures you that Mumbai is a City of Dreams


Actor Nawazuddin Siddhiqui celebrates 43 today. The most talented actor was born in small town Budhana in Muzzaffarnagar district. He was a eldest of his eight siblings. After graduating with a Bachelor in science from Haridwar University, Nawaz worked for a while as a watchman. He had a stint as a chemist in a petrochemical firm. In a search of new job he leave to Delhi. There he was instantly drawn into the acting after watching a play.

After a being passionate about acting, he joined the National school of drama in New Delhi. After graduating in NSD in moved to Mumbai. When he reached Mumbai, he did not have money to rent a room. So he asked a NSD senior if he could stay with him, the senior allowed him to share space in his apartment in Goregoan if he willing to cook meals for him.

Struggling days

He worked as small artist in so many films but he was not recognised by any director then. In 1999, he made his debut with a small role in Aamir Khan starrer, ‘Sarforosh’. And then again in 2010, Aamir khan production film Peepli Live, that changed the tide. Nawaz impressed Anurag kashyap from this role, very soon, Nawaz’s was facing the camera as the small town gangster Faisal Khan in Gang of Wassepur. This was Nawaz’s golden opportunity and what proved him to be a star.

He also worked in a Black Friday, Haraamkhor , Freaky Ali , Lion , Raman Raghav 2.0 , Badlapur , Dev D, Kahaani, Manjhi- The Mountain Man, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Raees.

Working with Khan’s

Nawaz has worked with Bolywood Three Khan’s– Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. Once when asked about Salman Khan he answered, “There are three kind of actor—- Good actor, bad actor and Salman Khan.”

His Quotes

An actor’s weakness is the different roles that he can’t do. But I am keen to grab only those roles as I’m here to challenge myself. I didn’t know one has to lift weights to become an actor. I can look stronger through my eyes than my abs. Talents works only in the first film. But in the second film, an actor needs to show how much he knows about the craft. And that comes through training.


He won a Nation Film Awards for Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus for special jury awards, Zee Cine Awards for Badlapur and Talaash. Filmfare Awards for Badlapur and The Lunch Box, and Stardust Awards for Gangs Of Wasseypur.