Nawazuddin Siddiqui is an Indian film actor who has appeared in some of Bollywood's major films including, Black Friday (2004), New York (2009), Peepli Live (2010), Kahaani (2012), Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012), Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 (2012), Manjhi (2013) and Talaash (2012). After a period of unnoticed performances in his early career, he appeared in four major films of 2012 – Kahaani (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 (2012) and Talaash (2012), all of which earned him wide critical reception and many Awards including Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male both for his role as Taimur in Talaash as well as Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gangs Of Wasseypur.
Siddiqui became a household name in 2012, when his acting career reached a high point, Gangs of Wasseypur 2 was the most important film for Nawazuddin, which gave him stardom and respect among fellow film artists. His first lead role in a feature film was in Prashant Bhargava's Patang, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, for which Nawazuddin's performance has been praised by world renowned film critic Roger Ebert (awarding the film 4/4 stars), a role which 'transformed his acting style'. He has collaborated with the critically acclaimed director Anurag Kashyap on multiple occasions.
He was awarded the Special Jury Award at the 60th National Film Awards 2012, for his work in films, Kahaani, Gangs Of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus and Talaash. 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 amongst nine siblings, seven brothers and two sisters.
After graduating in science from Gurkul Kangri University in Haridwar, Uttarakand, he worked as a chemist in a petrochemical company for a short while. But boredom set in soon, and he moved to Delhi, where he worked as a watchman. Here in the next one and a half-year period, he started watching plays, while working as a watchman at an office.
He graduated from the National School Of Drama (NSD), New Delhi in 1996 for his theatre academics. After graduating from NSD, he shifted to Mumbai. Nawazuddin made his Bollywood debut in 1999, with a small role in Aamir Khan starrer, Sarfarosh. After moving to Mumbai he tried to get work in television serials, but did not achieve much success. He did a short film The Bypass in 2003, where he appeared with actor Irrfan Khan. Beyond that, between 2002–05, he was largely out of work, and lived in a flat he shared with four other people, and survived by conducting occasional acting workshops. His appearance in Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday (2004) paved way for other powerful roles. In 2009, he appeared in a cameo role in the hit song 'Emotional Atyachar' in the movie Dev D in his moniker as Rangila along with his duo Rasila (known together as Patna ke Presley). Nawazuddin was noticed in the film 'New York'. However it was his role of a journalist in Peepli Live (2010), that first got him recognition as an actor. This was followed by a role as police informer Gopi in the biopic, Paan Singh Tomar directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia also in the same year.
He became a household name post Kahaani (2012), where he played the archetypal short-tempered intelligence officer Khan. Anurag Kashyap's gangster epic Gangs of Wasseypur followed which furthered his fame. He played his first primary role as Sonu Duggal in Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, a role Nawazuddin describes as his "most real performance so far". Nawazuddin then followed this up with the sequel to Gangs of Wasseypur. In 2013, he played the lead role in the horror flick Aatma. He has appeared in the 2012 release, Talaash. His film Patang, which was recently released in the U.S. and Canada, is garnering much attention for Nawazuddin with rave reviews from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Roger Ebert.