Did you love ‘Faisal’ of Gangs of Wasseypur 1 & 2? And you also can’t get enough of ‘Laik’ from Badlapur? In all likelihood, you are infected by the Nawazuddin Siddiqui bug. The supremely talented actor is making waves in the industry since being noticed in a string of crucial roles in 2012. Now, filmmakers are writing stories with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in their mind, and that’s nothing sort of a quantum leap for the man who has very humble background and did not really have a dream debut in Bollywood.
Here, we list out 14 real-life FACTS that will make you adore Nawazuddin Siddiqui a little more. Way to go ‘Electric Piya’:
1. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is from Budhana, a small town of Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh from a Muslim family, where his father is a farmer. Siddiqui grew up with his nine siblings, seven brothers and two sisters.
2. In Nawaz’s native village, there was no movie theatre. To see a film Nawaz and his siblings had to travel to the nearest town, which was, wait for it.. 45 kilometers away!
3. As a child, Nawaz would stand in front of the mirror and enact scenes that played in his head. In his entire growing-up years, Nawaz saw no more than 5 films. No impact of World Cinema here!
4. After graduating in science from Gurukul Kangri University in Haridwar, Uttarakand, Nawaz worked as a chemist in a petrochemical company for a short while. Later, he moved to Delhi, where he worked as a watchman!
5. After one year there, he joined a theatre group and started watching plays, while working as a watchman at an office.
6. Nawazuddin was married at a very young age. His wife lived in his native village while he struggled to become an actor in Mumbai. Now, she stays with Nawaz along with their only daughter.
7. While kissing his co-star Niharika Singh in Miss Lovely, Nawaz confessed he had never kissed a woman before, not even his wife! Nawaz also confessed that he enjoyed his belated first kiss. What the!!
8. Nawazuddin was initially offered only ruffians, henchmen, gangster and low-life roles. Remember that pickpocket who has thrashed on the railway station in Munnabhai MBBS, only to be saved by Sunil Dutt? And also, a bit role in 1999 Aamir Khan-starrer Sarfarosh?
9. The actor was perhaps noticed for the first time in Kabir Khan’s New York where he played a Muslim man wrongly accused of terror activities. His on-camera monologue expressing his character’s torture and humiliation was so real because Nawaz was re-living his own 11-year struggle in Bollywood.
10. In Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani, he was smartly dressed in suits for the first time! Nawaz couldn’t believe he could carry it off.
11. Those close to Nawazuddin claim that he is a man of few words. He has not many friends. And he can sit without speaking for hours. He hates being recognized and mobbed and runs away when praised and complimented!
12. Nawaz’s favorite actor and role-model is….no, not Naseeruddin Shah or Amitabh Bachchan. It’s Ashish Vidyarthi!
13. His dream role: Prince Salim in Mughal-e-Azam. “I know I can pull it off,” says Nawaz confidently.
14. Nawazuddin plans to take a longish sabbatical from acting soon, so he can re-charge his batteries. Now, that’s NOT a good news!