Nawazuddin Siddiqui is undoubtedly the greatest talent in Indian Cinema who was hidden from us for 11 long years. He did junior artist roles in big movies like Sarfarosh, Munnabhai MBBS, Shool, Black Friday and New York. He entered the big leagues in Gangs of Wasseypur and later proved his mettle in both small and big blockbuster films. After his recent release, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, his own stardom has rivaled that of Salman Khan.
Here are 13 interesting facts about our favorite powerhouse actor:
1. He hails from small town of Budhana:
He was born in Budhana, Muzaffarnagar, U.P. His father was a farmer and he has nine siblings.
2. He married Anjali at a very young age:
He got married to Anjali Siddiqui who stayed in his native village while he struggled to get acting jobs. They both stay together now and have a lovely daughter and son.
3. He had no theater in his hometown:
The nearest theater was 45 kilometers away!
4. He worked as a watchman and a chemist:
After his graduation, he worked as a chemist in a petrochemical company for a short while. Then, he moved to Delhi to work as a watchman.
5. He joined a theater group while working as a watchman:
He didn’t let his passion for acting die during working as a watchman and joined a theater group in Delhi.
6. He saw only 5 films before coming to Mumbai:
Nawaz usually practiced imaginary scenes in front of the mirror because he barely saw any movies.
7. His acting idol is Ashish Vidyarthi:
As a talented, unconventional hero, his idol is also just as unconventional in the hugely underrated powerhouse performer Ashish Vidyarthi.
8. He wears the same suit at Cannes:
In an interview, he claimed that he owns just the one suit and keeps repeating it at Cannes Film Festival since no one realized it’s the same one.
9. His scene in New York made everyone on set including Irrfan khan cry:
During a scene in the movie New York, where he played a wrongly accused and tortured man recalling his torture, his gut-wrenching performance was the talk of the set. When acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan saw the scene after hearing so much, he couldn’t help being overwhelmed with emotion.
10. His first kiss was on-screen:
Nawaz confessed that he never kissed his wife and his first kiss was with his Ms. Lovely co-star Niharika Singh.
11. He was smartly dressed in suits for the first time in Kahaani:
S. Sujoy Ghosh had enough conviction in Nawaz as an actor that he put him in suave suits for Kahaani which he carried off brilliantly.
12. He is an introvert and loner:
His friends claim that he is usually silent and doesn’t talk much and generally sits silently.
13.His dream role is that of Salim:
Nawaz’s dream role is that of Salim in Mughal-e-Azam. We think he can pull off any role including this one.
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