Today’s post is all about this greatest talent in Indian Cinema, Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The post talks about the struggles, hits and controversies that revolved around the actor’s life.
P.S. His recent role as Ganesh Gaitonde in Netflix original Sacred Games provoked me to do the research 😉
- Early life
Nawazzudin Siddiqui was born on 19 May, 1974 in Budhana, Uttar Pradesh. Born to a farmer, Siddiqui is the eldest of nine siblings.
In his website, Siddiqui wrote “Back in 1970s, the only source of entertainment used to be the village carnivals and folk performances. I remember as a child, I was so deeply enchanted with the sheer energies of those performers that I always wanted to be like one of them.”
After completing his graduation in Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Haridwar, Siddiqui worked as a chemist in Vadodara for an year. He moved to Delhi in search for a new job, where the commitment to acting started and he acted in more than 10 plays with a group of friends to fulfill one of the criteria for admission to National School of Drama (NSD). After graduating from NSD, he moved to Mumbai in 1996.
The actor struggled, specially between the years 2002-2005, when he shared the apartment with four other people. He did not have enough money to pay the rent, so a senior from NSD agreed to share the apartment only when Siddiqui was willing to cook meals for him.
4. Bollywood debut
The actor made his bollywood debut with about a 40 second role in Sarfarosh which went unnoticed. Then came the cameos in the movies like Dev D, New York. It was his remarkable acting in Gangs of Wasseypur, that furthered the fame and the actor was acknowledged and praised for his roles in movies like Kahaani, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Haraamkhor. He won Filmare award for best supporting actor in 2013 for his movie Lunchbox.
Lately, the actor is gaining limelight for his rave performance in Netflix original Sacred Games..his role as Ganesh Gaitonde is praised so much that many call him as mainstay of the web series.
5. Personal Life
Nawazzudin Siddiqui lives in Mumbai with his younger brother, Shamas Nawaz Siddiqui who is a director. The actor is married to Anjali and they have a daughter and a son.
Siddiqui had to withdraw his memoir, “an ordinary life” within a week of its release due to the controversies around his affair with Miss Lovely co-star Niharika Singh and Sunita Rajwar.
Looking forward to more of his work, signing off!!