Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui ([nəˈwaːzʊdːiːn sɪdːiːki]; born 19 May 1974) is an Indian actor known for his work in Hindi cinema.[1][5] He is an alumnus of the National School of Drama. Siddiqui's feature film debut was alongside director Prashant Bhargava in Patang (2012),[6] and his performance was appreciated by cinema critic Roger Ebert. He also gained international recognition for his work with director Anurag Kashyap in Black Friday (2007), the Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), duology and Raman Raghav 2.0.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui in 2017
Born (1974-05-19) 19 May 1974 (age 46)[1]
Budhana, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India[2]
Alma materNational School of Drama, Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya[3]
OccupationActor
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Aaliya Siddiqui[4]
Children2

Siddiqui is best known for his roles in The Lunchbox (2013), Manto (2018),[7] and Raman Raghav 2.0.[8] He is the only actor in the world to have 8 films officially selected and screened at the Cannes Film Festival.[9]

The actor continues to take time out from his filming schedule to farm in his native Uttar Pradesh.[10] He has starred in two Emmy-nominated series, Sacred Games (2019)[11] and the British McMafia.

Early lifeEdit

Siddiqui was born on 19 May 1974 in Budhana, a small town in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh, India,[12] into a zamindari Muslim family of Lambardars.[1][2] He is the eldest of eight siblings.[13] He spent most of his youth in Uttarakhand[14][15].

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science 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 to the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi, he acted in over ten plays with a group of friends, including one in Dehradun[14], to fulfil one of the criteria for admission.[1]

CareerEdit

Siddiqui went to the National School of Drama in New Delhi.[16] After graduating in 1999, he moved to Mumbai.[17]

He made his Bollywood debut in the year 1999 with a small role in the Aamir Khan starrer Sarfarosh.[18].[19] He then appeared in Ram Gopal Varma's Shool (1999) and 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.[20][21] He did a short film, The Bypass, in 2003, where he appeared with Irrfan Khan.[22] Beyond that, between 2002 and 2005, he was largely out of work and lived in a flat that he shared with four other people, surviving by conducting occasional acting workshops.[20] In 2004, which was one of the worst years of his struggle, Siddiqui couldn't pay rent. He asked an NSD senior if he could stay with him. The senior allowed him to share his apartment in Goregaon suburb if he was willing to cook meals for him.[23]

Between 2004 and 2007, Siddiqui had a few minor roles, including in the film Black Friday, which came out in 2007 and was a nominee for the Golden Leopard. In 2009, he appeared in a cameo role in the song "Emotional Atyachar" in the movie Dev D, playing the role of Rangila. He performed a duet with Rasila (known together as Patna ke Presley). In the same year, he appeared in New York. However, it was his role of a journalist in Anusha Rizvi's Peepli Live (2010), that first got him wide recognition as an actor.[24] In 2012, he appeared in Prashant Bhargava's Patang: The Kite, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. Siddiqui's performance was praised by film critic Roger Ebert,[25] who stated that the role "transformed his acting style"[26] and he awarded the actor the 'Thumbsup Trophy'. The film was subsequently released in the U.S. and Canada, and garnered much attention with rave reviews from The New York Times.[27]

Siddiqui 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 the actor's fame.[28] He played his first primary role as Sonu Duggal in Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely,[29] which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival,[30][31] a role Siddiqui describes as his "most real performance so far".[32] Siddiqui then followed this with the sequel to Gangs of Wasseypur. In 2013, he played the lead role in the horror flick Aatma.[33] The Lunchbox (2013) premiered as part of the International Critics' Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and won him multiple awards.[7] He appeared in Aamir Khan's 2012 release Talash. In 2014, he played the lead antagonist Shiv Gajra in the blockbuster Kick.[34]

In 2015, Siddiqui's films Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Manjhi - The Mountain Man were released, and he was praised for his roles. He received the Special Jury Award at the 2012 National Film Awards[35][36] and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2013. His work in Raman Raghav 2.0 in 2016 won him the Fancine Malaga Award in Spain[8] and in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards,[37] both in the category of Best Actor. Manto (2018) was a groundbreaking performance that won him Best Actor at the 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.[7]

Celebrated author Paulo Coelho has recommended Sacred Games to his Twitter followers and lauded Nawazuddin's work, calling it "One of the best series on Netflix with the great actor Nawazuddin".[38]

Personal lifeEdit

Siddiqui lives in Mumbai with his younger brother, Shamas Nawab Siddiqui[39] who is a director. Siddiqui is married to Aaliya and they have a daughter, Shora, and a son, Yaani, who was born on the actor's 41st birthday.[40] On 19 May 2020, Aaliya revealed in an interview to The Indian Express that she had sent a legal notice seeking a divorce to end their 11-year marriage.[41][42]

Apart from his acting work, Siddiqui continues to take time to farm in his hometown in Uttar Pradesh. His goal is to educate farmers about new techniques available and how they can help improve their lives. He has also implemented new irrigation techniques in Budhana, which has proven to be a significant help to local farmers.[43]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Sarfarosh Terrorist / Informer
Shool Waiter
2000 Jungle Khabri (messenger)
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar One of the leaders of the Second Mahad Satyagraha and in the background of Manusmriti Dahan
2003 The Bypass First bandit BFI London Film Festival / Milan Film Festival
Mudda – The Issue Cameo appearance
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 the 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) National film award for best children's film Puson international film festival/ Tiburon film festival
2012 Kahaani IB Officer A. Khan
Patang Chakkku Premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival
Was presented with the Thumbsup Trophy by the cinema critic Roger Ebert
Tribeca Film Festival / Hawaii International Film Festival (Halekulani Golden Orchid award) for best narrative feature film
Paan Singh Tomar Gopi
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 Faizal Khan Lions Favorite Actor

Considered one of the best gangster and crime-drama movie series, the film won 13 awards, including at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival, Filmfare Awards, International Indian Film Academy Awards, National Film Awards, and Screen Awards.[44]

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 Cannes Film Festival
2013 Aatma - Feel It Around You Abhay [45][46]
Bombay Talkies Purandar
Shorts Unnamed [47]
Liar's Dice Nawazuddin Cines del Sur / National Film Awards / Sakhalin International Film Festival / Sundance Film Festival
Monsoon Shootout Shiva Cannes Film Festival / Chicago International Film Festival / Hawaii International Film Festival / Sydney Film Festival / Asia Pacific film festival / SitgesCatalonian international film festival
The Lunchbox Shaikh Siddiqui won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor / Cannes Film Festival/ Reykjavík International Film Festival, Sofia International Film Festival / Zagreb Film Festival / Audience Award at the Ghent International Film Festival
Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa Anwar [48]
2014 Kick Shiv Gajra
2015 Lateef Lateef
Badlapur Liak
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Chand Nawab
Manjhi – The Mountain Man Dashrath Manjhi
2016 Raman Raghav 2.0 Ramanna Siddiqui won Best Performance by an Actor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Official Jury Prize (Best Actor) at the FANCINE Festival de Cine Fantastico de la Universidad de Malaga
Te3n Father Martin Das
Lion Rama Lion received six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

It won two BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Patel) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Freaky Ali Ali
2017 Haraamkhor Shyam
Raees SP Jaideep Ambalal Majmudar
In Defence of Freedom Saadat Hasan Manto Short film
Mom Daya Shankar "DK" Kapoor
Munna Michael Mahinder Fauji
Babumoshai Bandookbaaz Babu Bihari
Carbon: The Story of Tomorrow Man from Mars Short film
2018 Mukkabaaz Himself Guest appearance in the song "Mushkil Hai Apna Meil Priye"
Genius Samar Khan
Manto Saadat Hasan Manto Siddiqui won Best Performance by an Actor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the GQ Men of the Year award.

The film also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was the opening film at the Singapore South Asian Film Festival.

2019 Petta Singaar Singh / Singaram Tamil film
Thackeray Bal Thackeray [49][50]
Photograph Rafiullah / 'Rafi' Sundance Film Festival (world premiere) 69th Berlin International Film Festival (European premiere)
Housefull 4 Ramsey Baba
Roam Rome Mein Raj Premiered at the 24th Busan International Film Festival / Appreciated at the Jio MAMI film festival
Motichoor Chaknachoor Pushpender Tyagi
2020 Ghoomketu Ghoomketu ZEE5 film[51]
Raat Akeli Hai Jatil Yadav Released on Netflix on 31 July 2020[52]
Bole Chudiyan Nawab
Serious Men Ayyan Mani Released on Netflix on 2 October 2020[53]
TBA No Land's Man Filming

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2018 McMafia Dilly Mahmood BBC One, AMC
2018–2019 Sacred Games Ganesh Gaitonde Netflix Emmy Award Nominee [54]

Awards and recognitionEdit

Siddiqui's first lead role in a feature film was in Prashant Bhargava's Patang, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, in which his performance has been praised by noted film critic Roger Ebert (awarding the film 4/4 stars),[25] who stated that the role "transformed his acting style".[26]

He appeared in four major films in 2012: Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2, and Talaash, all of which earned him wide critical reception and awards, including a Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor and a 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 a Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gangs of Wasseypur.

He won the title of Breakthrough Talent at the 2012 GQ Men of the Year Awards.[55]

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.[56]

Most recently, he was awarded with the highest honour, The Lesley Ho Asian Film Talent Award, at the prestigious Singapore International Film Festival,[57] for Sacred Games.

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[58] Won
GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012 For work done in 2012 Breakthrough Talent[59][60] 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)[61] Won
GQ Men of the Year
Asia Pacific Screen Awards Manto Best Performance by an Actor[62] Won
IReel Awards Sacred Games Best Actor (Drama)[63] Won
2019 Filmfare Awards Manto Best Actor (Critics) Nominated

International recognitionEdit

Year Festival / Award Film Category Result
2012 Asian Film Awards Talaash: The Answer Lies Within Best Supporting Actor[64] Won
2012 "THUMBSUP TROPHY" by Roger Ebert Patang
2012 NYIFF Dekh Indian Circus Best Actor[65] Won
2013 Asia Pacific Film Festival The Lunchbox Best Supporting Actor[66] Won
2014 Chicago South Asian Film Festival Honored for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema[67] Won
2016 FANCINE festival de cine fantastic de la Universidad de la Malaga Raman Raghav 2.0 Official Jury Prize[68] Won
2016 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Raman Raghav 2.0 Best Performance by an Actor[68] Won
2017 NYIFF Haraamkhor Best Actor[69] Won
2018 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Manto Best Performance by an Actor[70] Won
2018 IReel Awards Sacred Games Best Actor (Drama) Won
2019 International Emmy Award Sacred Games Best Drama[71] Nominated
2019 International Emmy Award Best Drama Nominated
2019 Cardiff International Film festival Bestowed with the Golden Dragon Award for Excellence in Cinema in the Global Arena[72]
2019 Asian Film Talent award (SIFF) Sacred Games Honored by Lesley Ho Asian Film Talent[73]

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