Who is Nawazuddin Siddiqui? Nawazuddin Siddiqui Biography – Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a famous actor of Hindi films, who was born on 19 May 1974 in Budhana Tehsil of Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. He has been an alumnus of the National School of Drama. She gained international recognition after working in director Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday (2007). The story of this film is based on the 1993 Mumbai blasts. After this she worked with Anurag Kashyap in Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and Raman Raghav 2.0. He got a lot of recognition after these films.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has also played major roles in films like The Lunchbox and Manto. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the only actor in the world whose 8 films have been officially selected and screened at the Cannes Film Festival. She has also worked in Sacred Games and the British TV series McMafia, both of which have been nominated for an Emmy Award for web series. This award is given to the best performing TV series and actors in the television industry.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Early Life :
Nawazuddin Siddiqui was born in a zamindar Muslim family. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s father’s name is Nawabuddin Siddiqui and mother’s name is Mehrunisa Siddiqui. Nawazuddin is the eldest among his 8 siblings. He married Anjana Kishore Pandey in 2009, who got divorced in 2020. He has a boy and a girl with Anjana Kishore Pandey, whose names are Siddiqui (Son) and Shora Siddiqui (Daughter).
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has spent most of his youth in Uttarakhand. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar. He then worked as a chemist in Vadodara and then moved to Delhi to find a new job.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui saw a play in Delhi, after which he too started thinking of becoming an actor. After this he took admission in National School of Drama, New Delhi. To take admission in the National School of Drama (NSD), he participated in 10 plays, including one in Dehradun.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Acting Career :
Nawazuddin Siddiqui moved to Mumbai in 1999 after graduating from the National School of Drama (NSD). In 1999, he appeared in a small role in Aamir Khan’s film Sarfarosh. After this, he appeared in Ram Gopal Varma’s film School in 1999 and Jungle in 2000 and Munnabhai MBBS in 2003. After coming to Mumbai, he tried to work in many television serials but he did not get success.
After this he worked in a short film Bypass in 2003 in which the late actor Irrfan Khan was also seen. From 2002 to 2005, he did not get much work, so he used to live together with four people in a flat and used to do some acting workshops. The worst day of his struggle came in 2004 and he could not pay the rent of his flat.
After this, Nawazuddin Siddiqui sought permission from the senior of the National School of Drama to stay with him. Allowed him to stay in senior and started living with him in Goregaon. But he had to cook food for his senior.
From 2004 to 2007, he appeared in small roles in films. After this, he got work in the 2007 film Black Friday, which was nominated for Golden Leopard. After this, in 2009, he appeared as Rangeela in the song Emotional Atyachar from the Abhay Deol starrer Dev D. In the same year, John Abraham appeared in the film New York starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Katrina Kaif in which he played the role of a journalist. After this he worked in Peepli Live in 2010, after which he got recognition as an actor.
When did Nawazuddin Siddiqui get success in acting career ?
In 2012, Nawazuddin Siddiqui acted in Prashant Bhargwa’s film Patang: The Kite which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. His acting in this film was praised by Hollywood film critic Roger Joseph Ebert. The film was also reviewed by The New York Times.
In the same year, Nawazuddin Siddiqui acted in Vidya Balan’s film Kahaani in which he played the role of an eccentric intelligence officer. In the same year, he worked in Anurag Kashyap’s film Gangs of Wasseypur II, this film was very much liked in India. In the same year, he appeared as a lead actor in Ashim Ahluwalia’s film Miss Lovely, which also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. His role in this film was highly appreciated.
After this Nawazuddin Siddiqui played the character of Ganesh Gaitonde in Netflix’s TV series Sacred Games, which proved to be a super hit. It was nominated for Emmy Awards. In 2018, he also acted in the British TV series McMafia. In this film, he played the role of Dilli Mehmood.
How many National Awards has Nawazuddin Siddiqui received ?
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has received the Special Jury Award at the National Film Awards for Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur and Dekh Indian Circus. Apart from this, he has received the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Asian Film Awards for the film Talaash: The Answer Lies Within.
He won the Best Actor Award at the New York Indian Film Festival for Dekh Indian Circus. Apart from this, he has received the Best Performance by an Actor Award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for the film Manto. Apart from this, he has been honored with different awards on many different platforms.