Nawazuddin Siddiqui is an Indian actor who was raised in the small village of Budhana in the state of Uttar Pradesh. He earned a science degree from a nearby institution and spent some time working as a chemist for a petrochemical company. He was employed as a watchman at an office when he relocated to Delhi. Later, after graduating from The National School of Drama, he joined Sakshi Theatre Group and performed alongside Manoj Bajpai and Saurabh Shukla.

Nawazuddin traveled to Mumbai to try his luck and made his maiden Bollywood appearance in the movie Sarfarosh after having a difficult time finding work. Despite giving a strong performance on his debut, he got only a few jobs after that. He battled greatly with his acting profession for two to three years when he was unemployed. Black Friday by Anurag Kashyap from 2007 was a step in the right direction. The Berlin Film Festival premiere of Prashant Bhargava’s PATANG, which won Roger Ebert’s plaudits, featured Nawazuddin in his first leading role film.

After portraying a journalist in Aamir Khan Production’s Peepli Live, he was given the title of the actor (2010). He acquired even more prominence in the Bollywood industry thanks to the Gangs of Wasseypur. Nawazuddin’s career-defining movie was this one. He is well-known for his performances in the films Manto (2018) and The Lunchbox (2013), which earned him the Best Actor Asian Pacific Screen Award in 2018. The only actor from India to have eight films nominated and screened at the renowned Cannes Film Festival is Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The Lesley Ho Asian Film Talent Award was given to him for his work on the Sacred Games series at the Singapore International Film Festival.

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