“Your destiny is destined by your action.” –Divya Gupta
Those who think success depends upon your destiny might be unaware from the above line. Living a better and luxurious life is a dream of every person, but not everybody is ready to pay for it. Till now, We’ve talked about many successful businessmen, who have started with nothing but by their skills achieved success. But today we will tell you the story of a famous Bollywood actor: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, whose journey started as a watchman but his “never give up” attitude made him a remarkable actor of Bollywood.
Belonging from a small village Budhana, of Muzzafarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh, Nawaz wasn’t had much scope for education. But somehow he along with his siblings (7 brothers with 2 sisters), managed to complete their education and moved out from that place as their village is known for only three 3G’s: Gehu (Wheat), Ganna (Sugarcane) and Guns. It was a lawless land where murder is an everyday thing and police also didn’t interfere with it. This fear of gun made his family move out for a better livelihood.
After moving out to a city, Nawazuddin Siddiqui completed his graduation from Haridwar & started working as a chief chemist in Baroda to support his family. But his dreams were much bigger than his family could afford. He didn’t want to settle for less. Nawazuddin’s interest was in theatre, so he moved to Delhi & joined some theatre group. Since there is no money in theatre, so he opted for a Watchman job at the same time to continue his dreams. After that he enrolled himself in National School Of Drama there, to furnish his drama skills. He passed out from there in 1996 and worked in Delhi for four years, before moving to Mumbai.
Just like many other, his journey to become an actor in Mumbai was not at all easy. His friend used to criticise him for saying “Kya Hero Banega”. Mumbai drained him financially. He walked from studio to studio whole day in a hope to get a good break. He asked his NSD senior for accommodation, for which he agreed but Nawazuddin had to cook twice a day for it. For 4-5 years, he worked for small roles & crowd scenes. He got a small role in Sarfarosh Movie, which made him slightly more famous but got him no substantial recognition & poverty continues.
First proper role he got in Bollywood was in Anurag Kashyap’s movie: The Black Friday (2007). After that, he played a major role in Patang movie which made it to the Berlin International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. However, the real recognition he got was from the movie Peepli Live, where he played a journalist role. The year 2012 was a turning point for him as he got recognition for his work in Gangs Of Wasseypur. He worked so well in that movie that whole Bollywood recognised his potential & appreciate him for it. Nawazuddin Siddiqui didn’t look back after that break & one after other great movies like Talaash, Badlapur, Lunchbox, Kick, Raees, Bajrangi Bhaijaan & the Oscar-nominated “Lion”.
At many points of his journey, Nawazuddin Siddiqui felt to give up on everything and move back to his parents. But then he thought, what would he do there and what would he say to all of them who will say “Bada gaya tha Hero banne, Wapis aa gaya”. He wasn’t ready to give up on his dreams & with his work, he answered all those who used to criticise him for his looks & Skills.