Nawazuddin Siddiqui (born 19 May 1974) is an Indian actor, known for his works in Hindi cinema. 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.
Siddiqui in 2017
|Born||19 May 1974|
|Alma mater||National School of Drama|
Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya
|Net worth||USD 7 Million |
Nawazuddin Siddiqui started getting roles in Independent films; these were the films which gave him and Indian Cinema recognition internationally, most of his Independent films have received critical acclaim at International Films Festivals like the prestigious Academy Award, Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Busan Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Asia Pacific Screen Awards and many more. Nawazuddin Siddiqui appeared in four major & important cinemas, earning the title of Breakthrough Talent at the 2012 GQ Men of the Year Awards. Siddiqui’s feature film debut was alongside director Prashant Bhargava in Patang (2012), which premiered at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and for which Nawazuddin Siddiqui was presented with the famous THUMBSUP TROPHY by the great cinema critic Mr. Roger Ebert himself. He also gained a series of International recognitions for his work alongside director Anurag Kashyap in Black Friday (2007), the Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) duology and Raman Raghav 2.0. Siddiqui is best known for his roles in The Lunchbox (2013), which premiered as part of the International Critics' Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and won him multiple awards, Manto (2018), for which his groundbreaking performance won him Best Actor at the 2018 Asian Pacific Screen Awards and Raman Raghav 2.0 for which he won the Fancine Malaga Award in Spain and in Asia Pacific Screen Awards both in the category of Best Actor. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the only Actor in the world having 8 films officially selected and screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Inspite of being very busy with film shoots, Siddiqui continues to take time out to do farming in his native place in Uttar Pradesh (North India). He is an active motivational speaker, drawing on his struggles and experiences to inspire. He stars in two Emmy nominated series, Sacred Games (2019), a two-season Netflix original series for which he was conferred with the GQ – Men of the Year Award 2018 for the second time and United Kingdom's McMafia directed by James Watkins. Recently Nawazuddin Siddiqui was awarded with the highest honorary, The Lesley Ho Asian Film Talent Award at the prestigious Singapore International Film Festival for his globally appreciated series Sacred Games duology.
Siddiqui was born on 19 May 1974 in Budhana, a small town and tehsil in Shamli district, Uttar Pradesh, India, into a zamindari Muslim family of Lambardars. He is the eldest of his eight siblings.
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.
Siddiqui made his Bollywood debut in the year 1999, with a small role in the Aamir Khan starrer Sarfarosh. 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. He did a short film, The Bypass in 2003, where he appeared with Irrfan Khan. 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. 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.
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. 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, a role which "transformed his acting style". The film was subsequently released in the U.S. and Canada, and garnered much attention with rave reviews from the New York Times.
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. He played his first primary role as Sonu Duggal in Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely, which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, a role Siddiqui describes as his "most real performance so far." Siddiqui then followed this up with the sequel to Gangs of Wasseypur. In 2013, he played the lead role in the horror flick Aatma. He appeared in Aamir Khan's 2012 release Talash. In 2014, he played lead antagonist Shiv Gajra, in the blockbuster Kick.
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. For his performance in Haramkhor, he was awarded "Best Actor" at the New York Indian Film Festival. Siddiqui received the Special Jury Award at the 2012 National Film Awards. and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2013.
|1999||Sarfarosh||Terrorist / Informer|
|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|
|Ek Chalis Ki Last Local||Ponnappa's brother|
|Manorama Six Feet Under||Local goon|
|Black Friday||Asgar Mukadam|
|2008||Black & White||Tahir Tayyabuddin|
|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|
|Paan Singh Tomar||Gopi|
|Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1||Faizal Khan||Lions Favorite Actor|
|Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2|
|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|||
|The Lunchbox||Shaikh||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa||Anwar|||
|Bajrangi Bhaijaan||Chand Nawab|
|Manjhi – The Mountain Man||Dashrath Manjhi|
|2016||Raman Raghav 2.0||Ramanna|
|Te3n||Father Martin Das|
|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 |
|Carbon: The Story of Tomorrow||Man from Mars||Short film|
|2018||Mukkabaaz||Himself||Guest appearance in song "Mushkil Hai Apna Meil Priye"|
|Manto||Saadat Hasan Manto|
|2019||Petta||Singaar Singh / Singaram||Tamil film|
|Photograph||Rafiullah / 'Rafi'|
|Housefull 4||Ramsey Baba|
|Raat Akeli Hai||Dev Singh|
|Roam Rome Mein||Raj|||
|Motichoor Chaknachoor||Pushpender Tyagi|
|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|||
Siddiqui lives in Mumbai with his younger brother, Shamas Nawab Siddiqui 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.
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; 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.
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), a role which "transformed his acting style".
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.
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