Nawazuddin Siddiqui is an Indian film actor who appears in Bollywood movies and his best known for his role in Anurag Kashyap's crime-drama Gangs of Wasseypur II
(2012). His role as Faizal Khan not only got him critical applause but
also won him several awards including the Special Jury Award at the
National Film Awards in 2012. He has also won applause for his
performances in Kahaani (2012), Dekh Indian Circus (2011), and Talaash. In 2016, Nawazuddin received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the movie Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016).
Nawazuddin lives in Mumbai at Yari Road with his wife Anjali Siddiqui, and younger brother Shamas Nawab Siddiqui, who is a director. The couple has a daughter, Shora, and a son, who was born on Nawazuddin's 41st birthday.
Nawazuddin's acting career perfectly epitomizes the 'rags to riches' story. To pursue a career in acting, Siddiqui enrolled at the National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi, and later moved to Mumbai. He made his Bollywood debut with the movie Sarfarosh (1999), which had Aamir Khan and Sonali Bendre in the lead roles. The actor had only a small role in the movie and his performance went unnoticed. He later appeared in the movies Jungle (2000) and Munnabhai MBBS (2003); both these movies saw him playing smaller roles. Siddiqui also tried to get work in television serials but couldn't find any success there as well.
In 2003, Siddiqui appeared in a short film, The Bypass, alongside Irrfan Khan. However, for the major part from 2002 to 2005, Nawazuddin was out of work. Further, with his acting career going nowhere, the struggling actor faced one of his worst years in Mumbai. In 2004 after he couldn't afford to pay rent, he approached an NSD senior for help. The senior offered to help him provided that the latter cooked food for him. The actor agreed to do so and started living in Goregoan, and also conducted acting workshops to make ends meet.
It was his role in Anurag Kashyap's 2007 Black Friday that paved the way for better roles. Soon, Nawazuddin bagged his first lead role as 'Chakku' in the movie, Patang (2012), directed by Prashant Bhargava. The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival, following which the world-renowned critic Roger Ebert praised his natural acting talent. Later, Nawazuddin also featured in the song 'Emotional Atyachar' from the movie Dev.D (2009). While his role in the movie New York (2009) did not go unnoticed, it was his performance in Peepli Live (2010), as a journalist, that gave him wide recognition in the industry.
A couple of years later, Nawazuddin got his breakthrough role with the movie Kahani (2012), directed by Sujoy Ghosh. The movie which had Vidya Balan in the lead role had Nawazuddin portraying the role of an earnest short-tempered Intelligence Bureau officer, which he essayed with utmost conviction. He also starred in the internationally acclaimed movie