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Nawazuddin Siddiqui (born 19 May 1974) is an Indian actor, known for his works in Hindi cinema.[1][6] An alumnus of the National School of Drama, Siddiqui's breakthrough role was with Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday (2007), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was a nominee for the Best Film (Golden Leopard) award at the Locarno Film Festival. He is a four time filmfare award nominee, winning once. He earned three nominations for Best Supporting Actor and one nomination for Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor at the Filmfare Awards, winning once for Best Supporting Actor for The Lunchbox.[7]

Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin Siddiqui - IIFA 2017 Green Carpet (36349709816) (cropped).jpg
Siddiqui in 2017
Born (1974-05-19) 19 May 1974 (age 45)[1]
Alma materNational School of Drama
Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya
Years active1999–present
Net worthUSD 7 Million [3]
Spouse(s)Anjali Siddiqui[4]
RelativesShamaas Nawab Siddiqui[5]

Early lifeEdit

Siddiqui was born on 19 May 1974 in Budhana, a small town and tehsil in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh, India,[8] into a zamindari Muslim family of Lambardars.[1][2] He is the eldest of his eight siblings.[9]

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar. Following this, he worked as a chemist in Vadodara for a year, before leaving for Delhi in search of a new job. Once in Delhi, he was instantly drawn to acting after watching a play. In pursuit of securing admission at the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi, he acted in over ten plays with a group of friends, to fulfill one of the criteria for admission.[1]


Siddiqui went to the National School of Drama, New Delhi.[10] After graduating from NSD in 1996, he moved to Mumbai.[11]

Siddiqui made his Bollywood debut in the year 1999, with a small role in the Aamir Khan starrer Sarfarosh.[12] He then appeared in Ram Gopal Varma's Shool (1999), Jungle (2000); and Rajkumar Hirani's Munnabhai MBBS (2003). After moving to Mumbai he tried to get work in television serials, but did not achieve much success.[13][14] He did a short film, The Bypass in 2003, where he appeared with Irrfan Khan.[15] Beyond that between 2002–05, he was largely out of work, and lived in a flat that he shared with four other people, and survived by conducting occasional acting workshops.[13] In 2004, which was one of the worst years of his struggle, he couldn't pay any rent. He asked an NSD senior if he could stay with him. The senior allowed him to share his apartment in Goregaon if he was willing to cook meals for him.[16]

In 2009, he appeared in a cameo role in the song "Emotional Atyachar" in the movie Dev D in his role of Rangila, along with his duet partner Rasila (known together as Patna ke Presley). In the same year, he appeared in New York (2009). However, it was his role of a journalist in Anusha Rizvi's Peepli Live (2010), that first got him wide recognition as an actor.[17] In 2012, he appeared in Prashant Bhargava's Patang : The Kite (2012) which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival, for which Siddiqui's performance was praised by film critic Roger Ebert,[18] a role which "transformed his acting style".[19] The film was subsequently released in the U.S. and Canada, and garnered much attention with rave reviews from the New York Times.[20]

He then appeared in Kahaani (2012), in which he played the archetypal short-tempered intelligence officer Khan. Anurag Kashyap's gangster epic Gangs of Wasseypur followed, which furthered his fame.[21] He played his first primary role as Sonu Duggal in Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely,[22] which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival,[23][24] a role Siddiqui describes as his "most real performance so far."[25] Siddiqui then followed this up with the sequel to Gangs of Wasseypur. In 2013, he played the lead role in the horror flick Aatma.[26] He appeared in Aamir Khan's 2012 release Talash. In 2014, he played lead antagonist Shiv Gajra, in the blockbuster Kick.[27]

In 2015, Siddiqui's films Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Manjhi - The Mountain Man were released, and he was praised for his roles. Siddiqui appeared in a film based in Gujarat, titled Haraamkhor.[28] For his performance in Haramkhor, he was awarded "Best Actor" at the New York Indian Film Festival.[29] Siddiqui received the Special Jury Award at the 2012 National Film Awards.[30][31] and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2013.

Siddiqui portrayed Balasaheb Thackeray in the biopic Thackeray.[32]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Sarfarosh Terrorist / Informer
Shool Waiter
2000 Jungle Khabri (messenger)
Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! Nawaz Uncredited
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar As one of the leaders of Second Mahad Satyagraha and in background of Manusmriti Dahan
2003 The Bypass First bandit
Mudda – The Issue Cameo
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Pickpocketer
2006 Family Nawaz
2007 Aaja Nachle
Ek Chalis Ki Last Local Ponnappa's brother
Manorama Six Feet Under Local goon
Black Friday Asgar Mukadam
2008 Black & White Tahir Tayyabuddin
2009 Firaaq Hanif
New York Zilgai
Dev.D Singer at wedding Special appearance in song "Emotional"
2010 Peepli Live Rakesh Kapoor
2011 Dekh Indian Circus Jethu National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film)
(also for Talaash, Gangs of Wasseypur and Kahaani)
2012 Kahaani IB Officer A. Khan
Patang Chakkku
Paan Singh Tomar Gopi
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 Faizal Khan Lions Favorite Actor
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2
Chittagong Nirmal Sen
Talaash: The Answer Lies Within Taimur Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Miss Lovely Sonu Duggal Theatrical release 2014
2013 Aatma - Feel It Around You Abhay [33][34]
Bombay Talkies Purandar
Shorts Unnamed [35]
Liar's Dice Nawazuddin
Monsoon Shootout Shiva
The Lunchbox Shaikh Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa Anwar [36]
2014 Kick Shiv Gajra
2015 Badlapur Liak
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Chand Nawab
Manjhi – The Mountain Man Dashrath Manjhi
2016 Raman Raghav 2.0 Ramanna
Te3n Father Martin Das
Lion Rama English film
Freaky Ali Ali
2017 Haraamkhor Shyam
Monsoon Shootout Shiva
Raees SP Jaideep Ambalal Majmudar
In Defence of Freedom Saadat Hasan Manto Short film
Jagga Jasoos Bashir Alexandar Guest Appearance
Mom Daya Shankar "DK" Kapoor
Munna Michael Mahinder Fauji
Babumoshai Bandookbaaz Babu Bihari
The Maya Tape Saurabh Tiwari Completed [37]
Carbon: The Story of Tomorrow Man from Mars Short film
2018 Mukkabaaz Himself Guest appearance in song "Mushkil Hai Apna Meil Priye"
Genius Samar Khan
Manto Saadat Hasan Manto
2019 Petta Singaar Singh / Singaram Tamil film
Thackeray Bal Thackeray [38][39]
Ghoomketu Ghoomketu
Raat Akeli Hai
2020 Bole Chudiyan TBA [40]


Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2001 CID Alex Sony TV Episode 79 - The Case of the Elusive Killer
2001 Parsai Kehte Hain DD National
2014 Yudh Sanjay Mishra Sony TV
2018 McMafia Dilly Mahmood BBC One, AMC
2018–2019 Sacred Games Ganesh Gaitonde Netflix [41]

Personal lifeEdit

Siddiqui lives in Mumbai with his younger brother, Shamas Nawab Siddiqui[42] who is a director. Nawazuddin is married to Anjali and they have a daughter, Shora, and a son who was born on the actor's 41st birthday.[43]

Siddiqui's memoir An Ordinary Life was published on 25 October 2017, narrating, alongside his journey to stardom, the minutest details of his love affairs, the account of one, with his Miss Lovely co-star Niharika Singh, raising controversy;[44] and the book was withdrawn a couple of days later, due to a complaint filed with the National Commission for Women (NCW) by a Delhi lawyer on Niharika Singh's behalf, and a resultant backlash.[45]


Siddiqui's first lead role in a feature film was in Prashant Bhargava's Patang, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, for which Nawazuddin's performance has been praised by noted film critic Roger Ebert (awarding the film 4/4 stars),[18] a role which "transformed his acting style".[19]

He appeared in four major films of 2012 – Kahaani (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 (2012) and Talaash (2012), all of which earned him wide critical reception and awards including Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male both for his role as Taimur in Talaash: The Answer Lies Within as well as Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gangs of Wasseypur.

Siddiqui was awarded the Special Jury Award at the 60th National Film Awards 2012, for his work in the films Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus and Talaash.[46]

Year Award Film Category Result
2012 National Film Awards Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus Special Jury Award Won
Zee Cine Awards Talaash: The Answer Lies Within Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male Won
Screen Awards Talaash: The Answer Lies Within Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Stardust Awards Gangs of Wasseypur Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Asian Film Awards Talaash: The Answer Lies Within Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
New York Indian Film Festival Dekh Indian Circus Award for Best Actor[47] Won
GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012 For work done in 2012 Breakthrough Talent[48][49] Won
Lions Gold Awards 2012 Gangs of Wasseypur Lions Favourite Actor[citation needed] Won
2013 Filmfare Awards The Lunchbox Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Renault Star Guild Awards The Lunchbox Best Actor In A Supporting Role Won
2015 Filmfare Awards Badlapur Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Bajrangi Bhaijaan Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role Won
Badlapur Zee Cine Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role Won
2018 Filmfare Awards Mom Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
IIFA Awards Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Male)[50] Won
Asia Pacific Screen Awards Manto Best Performance By An Actor[51] Won
IReel Awards Sacred Games Best Actor (Drama)[52] Won
2019 Filmfare Awards Manto Best Actor (Critics) Nominated


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