From working as a security guard in Delhi to a junior artist who would try and hide his face as an extra, he was faced with deprivation but persevered because of his passion.
In an industry obsessed with glamour and glitz, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has slowly and steadily created a niche for himself. From playing two minute roles in his initial years in the film industry, to now lead characters in films, Siddiqui, with his talent, has compelled filmmakers to have an uncanny hero in their films.
He doesn't want to be inaccessible. But there are certain things an actor must do, he says. “An actor must remain exclusive,” is Siddiqui’s conclusion from his recently-discovered stardom. Now, though, Siddiqui enjoys a kind of exposure that is perhaps unthinkable for someone with his beginnings. He has graced the pages of fashion magazines, dressed in ornate suits, and looking every bit an aristocrat. His rise in Bollywood has challenged longstanding notions of who can be an actor.
Take a look at some of his best roles so far.