Name: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Birthday: 19th May, 1974
Awards: Won the Best Actor award at the 12th annual New York Film Festival, for his role in the movie “Dekh Indian Circus”.
Biography: As a child, Nawazuddin Siddiqui could mimic an acquaintance whom he had just met a couple of minutes back. He had a keen sense of observation and could easily anticipate how, in a particular scenario, a person would act and react. Early in the 1970s when village carnivals, folk performances and festivals used to be the only source of entertainment in the village, Nawazuddin used to admire the capability of the experienced performers who could assimilate all the village folk together and give them a chance to laugh, cry, dance and sing with them. He always felt that he could perform better than them, and when Television made its entry into the village, the villagers used to flock towards a single TV screen. He too wanted everyone to admire him the same way they used to admire the actors on the Television.His desire for acting was thriving during his graduation period and this thirst for acting landed him at National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi. At the NSD, he became popular as a humor artist. He won several accolades for playing a character called ‘Borkin’ for Ivano, a play written by Chekov.
He faced a lot of struggle and hardships in his initial days in Mumbai that tested his patience and passion for acting. He played his part in short films, television and small roles in some Bollywood movies. He was always on the lookout for the right opportunity to portray his acting skills. He got his first major breakthrough in 2007 with his film Black Friday written and directed by Anurag Kashyap. This was followed by a series of films like New York, Peepli Live, Kahaani, DevD, Paan Singh Tomarand Firaaq where he played small yet substantial roles.Some of his upcoming films are Pattang, Chittagong and Miss Lovely.
He has been delivering power packed performances consistently by playing small roles on the big screen, but he did not get much recognition before his two films were screened at the 65th International Cannes Film Festival, the two films being Anurag Kashyap’s two part ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and Ashim Ahluwalia’s ‘Miss Lovely’.
Nawazuddin now carefully selects his roles for different movies and believes that to succeed in life, one must make the right decisions at the right times and move steadily.