Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Revisiting his inspiring journey on his 47th birthday

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Nawaz reacting to one of his scenes from ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’

Nawazuddin Siddiqui proves how a chemist turned actor can shake Bollywood to its core with his unorthodox roles and astonishing performances

Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Revisiting his inspiring journey on his 47th birthday. He is also one of the very few actors from recent times who has changed the perception of Indian Cinema. The Versatile and talented actor is celebrating his 47th birthday today, May 19. The famous actor belongs to Burhana, Uttar Pradesh. This man has left no stone unturned to win the hearts of the people through his brilliant performances.

His line of work has been incredible in all these years in the entertainment industry. On his birthday today, let’s have an insight into Nawaz’s struggle and journey to the industry, some lesser known facts and most importantly some of his brilliant performances that made the audience go crazy!

Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s journey from rags to riches has been an inspiration for everyone. Right from doing odd jobs to also make a living among the established actors in the business, he has come a long way. Let’s also see his inspiring journey.

Did you know that Nawazuddin worked as a chemist in Vadodara for a year and had also worked as a watchman? Post this; he also traveled to Delhi for a new job. His inclination towards acting made him take admission to the National School of Drama (NSD). He graduated from NSD in 1999.

Nawaz started his career in a small role as a terrorist in Sarfarosh in 1999. His journey is well documented and in various interviews, he also shared his life struggles in the film industry. He made great contributions with his tiny roles in memorable movies like Munnabhai MBBS, Aaja Nachle, Black Friday, New York, Peepli Live. He broke out with his solid stellar performance with Gangs of Wasseypur 1 and 2. Since then, there is no looking back for the actor.

A still from ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’

Despite all hurdles, he decided to stick around and take chances to create his magic on screen and woo the audience.

When Gangs of Wasseypur released, people went crazy at his performance. With the second installment of the movie, it was like a cultural reset. The audience went spellbound after watching him with his phenomenal appearances.

The actor also led many amazing projects like, Manto, Raman Raghav 2.0, Haraamkhor, Badlapur, Photograph and Manjhi. He was also recognised hugely through his performances in Mom and Bajraangi Bhaijaan.

At the peak of his Bollywood career, Nawazuddin also achieved a great opportunity working on an OTT platform. He played Ganesh Gaitonde in Sacred Games. This was the biggest Indian web series and also a cultural phenomenon pushing all boundaries of smart storytelling and thrilling visuals. His lead portrayal was highly appealing with mouthed explicit and bizarre one-liners.

His still from ‘Sacred Games’

He also starred in ‘Serious Men’. Nawaz had earlier shared on facing caste-based discrimination. He channeled raw angst in the film. In a society, where ‘caste’ is a huge matter of fact, Nawaz picked all these challenging scripts and also built his relationship with OTT whether Sacred Games or Serious Men


His still from ‘Serious Men’

In 2021, almost all A-Bollywood actors have migrated to the OTT space. Nawazuddin has inspired so many actors to keep fighting for their passion. He created his own space and paved the way for others too!  Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be soon seen in G5’s OTT platform release, ‘Ghoomarketu’. He also has his exciting projects on the frontlines. The projects includes Bole Chudiyan, Jogira Sara Ra Ra, Sangeen and No Land’s Man.

On his special day of life, let’s discover some of the unknown facts about the actor!

In the movie, Gangs of Wasseypur, his scene with actress Huma Qureshi got very popular with the word ‘permission’. The scene was based on actual interaction with a girl.

In Manjhi, all the shots in the film that featured him holding an axe was an actual axe and not a prop.

He had fallen ill and had to be hospitalized while shooting for Raman Raghav 2.0.  Reports say he was semi-conscious and kept reciting the dialogues of the film.

Nawaz is also a honorary member of the Jury at the 60th National Film awards in 2012, for his contribution to films.

For his movie, Manto in 2018, reports say that the actor didn’t charge any fee for his work.

Talented actors like Raskia Dugal, Kubbra Sait, Tara Saluja and also many others poured in their wishes for the actor on his 47th birthday today.

Wishing a very happy birthday to the versatile Gaitonde, Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Bollywood is proud to have such a gem creating magic on screens!

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