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  1. Nawazuddin Siddiqui was showered with praises by the audience for his incredible performance in Netflix's original series Sacred Games. And now, he will be honoured with the Lesley Ho Asian Film Talent Award at the 30th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) for his stellar performance, on the 23rd of November. Besides accepting the award, he will also be holding an interactive session at the film festival. The actor was also honoured with the Golden Dragon Award at the Cardiff International Film Festival for excellence in cinema in the International market, a while ago. View this post on Instagram Congratulations #DameJudiDench on receiving the Lifetime Achievement award, Thank You Mr. @mick.antoniw the Counsel General of Wales UK & “Cardiff International Film Festival “ for bestowing me with the prestigious Golden Dragon Award. A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Oct 29, 2019 at 2:36am PDT On the work front, Nawazuddin will be next seen in Motichoor Chaknachoor which is set to hit the theatres on 15th November. The film is a wedding comedy, also starring Athiya Shetty in the lead role. The plot revolves around a 36-year old man who is unable to find a suitable wife for himself. View this post on Instagram Happiest Birthday to the Crazy Kudi @athiyashetty May your life be as sweet as Motichoor ððð A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Nov 5, 2019 at 5:07am PST According to PTI, he has also wrapped up shooting for his other upcoming film Bole Chudiyan. “The film challenges the stereotype of a Bollywood hero, who should be tall and handsome. My love for romantic-comedies began very early on. For the first time, I am doing something in this space. It has been a desire to do something like this. I have always felt that I am cut for romantic roles, others may not have felt it,” Siddiqui said. Well, congratulations Nawazuddin for the award, you deserve it. View the full article
  2. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is known to bring his characters alive on the big screen with great conviction, has recently been brutally honest with his responses in one of his interviews. In a very recent interview, he revealed that he has lost all hope in the audience and tries to cater to what they want. Elaborating on the mindset of Indian audiences, he added that they only want a masala film with songs, dance and vulgar humour. He also talked about how the audience doesn't understand certain kinds of movies, citing the example of his film, Photograph. The actor attributed the lack of watching slow-paced, romantic movies and over-the-top movies which are far detached from the reality, for the current mindset of the audiences. Speaking of his upcoming movie, Motichoor Chaknachoor, Nawaz added that the movie is a situational comedy and that the characters are written in such a way that it evokes natural humour. He also highlighted how there were no deliberate attempts to add any punches as the movie takes its inspiration from daily life of common people. Going by trailer, it looks like the film is going to be a fun riot. And you haven't seen it yet, check it out below: Nawazuddin essays the role of a 36-year-old Dubai returned NRI, Pushpinder Tyagi, who, after a lot of struggles, marries a girl named Annie, played by Athiya Shetty. And honestly, the whole idea of two bachelors struggling to find their perfect better halves sounds like quite the recipe for a humorous setting. Helmed by Debamitra Biswal, the film will hit theatres on 15 November. Are you planning to watch this movie? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  3. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is on a roll and is all set to conquer the digital space completely. Nawaz gives life to all his characters on the big screen. He is one stellar actor and his performances are so realistic that you would be completely engrossed in his character. After 'Sacred Games', Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be a part of another Netflix project which is the film adaptation of Manu Joseph's 2010 novel 'Serious Men'. It will be directed by Sudhir Mishra and produced by Bombay Fables and Cineraas Entertainment. Sudhir Mishra has a vision that many haven't achieved yet and it will be interesting to see Nawaz being directed by him. View this post on Instagram The most coveted script “No Land's Man” is finally going to be made into a film. Thank you Mostofa Sarwar Farooki for the opportunity. Looking forward. A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Apr 4, 2019 at 7:10am PDT In a statement, Nawazuddin shared his excitement on working with Netflix again. He said, “I am very excited to be a part of Netflix's Serious Men and work with a creative mind like Sudhir Mishra. This is my second stint with Netflix after Sacred Games and I hope that people give Ayyan Mani (from Serious Men) the same love that they extended to Ganesh Gaitonde (from Sacred Games). For now, I am eagerly awaiting the release of Sacred Games 2 and can't wait to see the audience's reaction.” The film is about a wily slum dweller, who cons the country into believing his dim-witted 10-year-old son is a genius, to realize that the only victim of his dangerous game is his son. It does sound interesting. View this post on Instagram Pichli baar kya bola tha Ganesh bhai ko ? Aukaaat...!!! #GaneshGaitonde2.0 @SacredGames_TV @netflix_in @anuragkashyap72 A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on May 9, 2019 at 10:22pm PDT Nawazuddin Siddiqui was last seen in 'Photograph' opposite Sanya Malhotra. The actor will also be seen in 'Bole Chudiyan'. Nawazuddin is back in the game and how!
  4. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is undoubtedly one of the finest actors in Bollywood right now. The method actor has had quite a ride in 2018 and 2019 (so far). Things have turned out to be remarkable for Nawazuddin recently, who has had some of his most memorable performances hitting the screen. From 'Manto' to 'Thackeray', 'Photograph' and even 'Sacred Games', each of these movies have received great critical acclaim, while 'Thackeray' also turned out to be one of Nawazuddin's career-best performances. © Twitter Now it seems, Nawazuddin's many talents have impressed critically acclaimed director Sudhir Mishra who is soon going to work with the actor on the film adaptation of Manu Joseph's novel 'Serious Men'. What must be even thrilling for Nawazuddin is that Sudhir Mishra can't seem to put a stop to his praises for the 'Photograph' actor. According to a IANS report, Sudhir Mishra said that he has waited long for the collaboration and was in the wait for the perfect role to approach the actor. He even ensured that the script was fool-proof so that Nawaz had no reason to reject it. © Twitter Now that's the sort of place all of us should aspire to reach, when people look forward to collaborate with us and work with us. Don't you agree? Joseph's novel is a humorous yet sharp take on India's social structure which is dominated by the caste system. Talking about the story, Mishra told the news agency, “It is a great story that revolves around the relationship of a father and son from the Dalit community. Though there is a lot of angst in him and most of his decisions are driven by anger... he is a father after all.” © Twitter As for the kind of role Nawaz will be essaying in the film, Mishra said that it would not be a completely black character, but instead veer towards shades of grey. Now, that's interesting and we are definitely interested to get more scoop on this one.
  5. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has time and again proved that he is a stellar actor. This time, his brother Shamas, who is also his manager, is trying his hand at direction and Nawaz is playing the lead role in his directorial debut, 'Bole Chudiyan'. Mouni Roy has been paired opposite Nawaz in the film. The makers have now released the first looks of the characters. Nawaz will be seen playing the role of Mouni's passionate lover. It's an unusual pairing indeed and it will be interesting to see how they create a spark on the big screen. In one of the posters, Nawaz can be seen standing against the wall and it seems like he is in deep thought, pondering over something, and Mouni is seen peeping from behind a door and has an intense expression on her face. Mouni, in a short span of time, has conquered Bollywood. Nawaz had earlier tweeted that he would be sharing the screen space with her. “I am really excited to work with the very beautiful and talented @roymouni Hope to spread some fragrance of romance on screen #BoleChudiyan@woodpeckermovi1 @ShamasSiddiqui @zaverikiran9 #RajeshBhatia.” The film goes on floors in June. Check out the look posters here: © Woodpecker Movies © Woodpecker Movies In an interview with Bombay Times, Mouni said that she is excited to work with Nawazuddin, adding that he is immensely talented and she feels that doing a film with him would be a great learning process for her. On the other hand, Nawaz had said that Mouni has untapped potential and that she is open to experimenting with her roles, which is why she is a perfect fit for the character. Nawaz will be also seen in 'Sacred Games 2' while Mouni has 'Brahmastra' in her kitty. Are you excited to see the two of them together on the big screen?
  6. He is two decades old in the Hindi film industry, but that has not stopped Ganesh Gaitonde aka Nawazuddin Siddiqui from acknowledging how far he has come since 1999 and the tiny role of an informer he portrayed in Aamir Khan starrer 'Sarfarosh'. View this post on Instagram Thank You for all your Love & Support for #ThackerayTheFilm and Wishing all of you A Very Happy Republic Day. A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Jan 26, 2019 at 1:51am PST 'Humans of Bombay' (HOB) recently caught up with the award-winning actor who has taken the acting industry by storm in the last couple of years. He is the man who spent over a decade slogging his way in the industry, pushing forward merely resting on his passion, hard work and talent, before Faizal Khan and 'Gangs of Wasseypur' changed his life forever, and for good. Born into a family of farm workers, and growing up in a household of lesser means in a small town in Uttar Pradesh, Nawazuddin shared with the HOB team how the acting bug bit him and turned his life upside down, never to be righted again. And boy, are we grateful for that! View this post on Instagram “I grew up in a small town in UP. I come from a family of farm workers; we were 11 people–my parents & my 9 siblings. I was the oldest, so it fell upon me to take care of them. I made them follow a time table & do their homework. If they were mischievous I'd shout at them–of course, I was the naughtiest! In fact during Diwali, my friends & I would steal diyas! Our family would watch Ram Leela together–my first encounter with acting. My friend played Ram & seeing him left me starstruck! I imagined playing the role myself! After college, I worked in Baroda. There, I watched a play for the first time & the thought of being an actor became a dream. So I went where everybody with a dream of acting goes–Bombay. My parents, who were uneducated, supported me. They said I could do anything as long as I worked hard. My first impression of Bombay was how fast it was. It took me a month to get used to the pace of life–I thought I'd never be able to match up! But slowly I joined the rat race. I wasn't well off. I'd borrow money from friends, saying I'd return it in 2 days. Two days later, I'd borrow money from someone else and pay the first person back. I lived in a flat with 4 people–it was about survival. But my family had my back. They told me to not give up! My mom didn't have a mobile, so she'd send me letters & they got me through some really tough times. She'd tell me not to worry & remind me that I was only human & doing my best. So that's what I did. I did odd jobs–as a watchman, or a coriander seller. I went for a 100 auditions & took every role I got, no matter how small. It took 12 years to get a 'breakthrough'. It wasn't easy–the struggle wasn't beautiful, it was just a struggle. But I did it. I went from a tiny role in Munnabhai to winning a Filmfare for Lunchbox. I went from being unrecognised in Sarfarosh to being known as Ganesh Gaitonde across the nation. I went from being a watchman to becoming the 'watch me' man & I'm nowhere near being done, so keep watching–I'm here to stay!” ---- HoB with the makers of #PhotographMovie bring to you the story of Nawazuddin Siddiqui; an ordinary man with an extraordinary journey. A post shared by Humans of Bombay (@officialhumansofbombay) on Mar 14, 2019 at 6:01am PDT Nawazuddin's rise to fame was laden with struggles, but by his own admission, it was his passion for the craft, his madness to make it and the love and support of his family that helped him sustain through all those years of trial, until he earned and owned his first Filmfare award for his performance in 'Lunchbox'. This is Nawazuddin Siddiqui's story: Small Towns & Big Dreams “I grew up in a small town in UP. I come from a family of farm workers; we were 11 people–my parents & my 9 siblings. I was the oldest, so it fell upon me to take care of them. I made them follow a time table & do their homework. If they were mischievous I'd shout at them–of course, I was the naughtiest! In fact during Diwali, my friends & I would steal diyas!” View this post on Instagram Aaj kal ke Manto duniya mein hai kum, Jinki awaaz mein hai uske jitna dum! Agar aap mein hain sach sunne ka dum, toh suniye hamara gaana #Mantoiyat! Join us tomorrow as we go live on Instagram for the song launch @raftaarmusic @mantofilm @zeemusiccompany A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Sep 11, 2018 at 6:33am PDT Tryst With Acting “Our family would watch Ram Leela together–my first encounter with acting. My friend played Ram & seeing him left me starstruck! I imagined playing the role myself! After college, I worked in Baroda. There, I watched a play for the first time & the thought of being an actor became a dream.” Wind Under His Wings “So I went where everybody with a dream of acting goes–Bombay. My parents, who were uneducated, supported me. They said I could do anything as long as I worked hard. My first impression of Bombay was how fast it was. It took me a month to get used to the pace of life–I thought I'd never be able to match up! But slowly I joined the rat race.” View this post on Instagram " BEAT ME " A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Jun 22, 2018 at 6:25am PDT The Fight For Survival “I wasn't well off. I'd borrow money from friends, saying I'd return it in 2 days. Two days later, I'd borrow money from someone else and pay the first person back. I lived in a flat with 4 people–it was about survival. But my family had my back. They told me to not give up! My mom didn't have a mobile, so she'd send me letters & they got me through some really tough times. She'd tell me not to worry & remind me that I was only human & doing my best. So that's what I did.” The Stepping Stones “I did odd jobs–as a watchman, or a coriander seller. I went for a 100 auditions & took every role I got, no matter how small. It took 12 years to get a 'breakthrough'. It wasn't easy–the struggle wasn't beautiful, it was just a struggle.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on May 14, 2018 at 1:32am PDT The Breakthrough “But I did it. I went from a tiny role in Munnabhai to winning a Filmfare for Lunchbox. I went from being unrecognised in Sarfarosh to being known as Ganesh Gaitonde across the nation. I went from being a watchman to becoming the 'watch me' man & I'm nowhere near being done, so keep watching–I'm here to stay!” This man is truly a marvel in front of the camera, with an inspiring backstory and he is indeed here to stay.
  7. Nawazuddin Siddiqui--the man who stands as an example of success that comes from unrelenting grit and hard work, also happens to be one of the most sought after actors in the film industry today. Nawazuddin has blessed our screens with some of the most entertaining releases in the last couple of years, right from 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'The Lunchbox', 'Manjhi', 'Mom', 'Manto' and more recently 'Thackeray' which took the entire nation by storm, besides many others. View this post on Instagram Thank You for all your Love & Support for #ThackerayTheFilm and Wishing all of you A Very Happy Republic Day. A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Jan 26, 2019 at 1:51am PST Nawazuddin is at the peak of popularity since the success of 'Thackeray' and just like the industry, his fans too do not seem to be getting enough of the actor. Recently when Nawazuddin made a public appearance, he was mobbed by his eager fans who lost their calm and became violent in their bid to get a closer look at their favourite celeb. The video capturing the incident has since been actively circulated on social media, and we can see fans pulling and tugging at Nawazuddin, regardless of the actor being heavily guarded. However, the guards do step in right on cue and take Nawazuddin to safety. View this post on Instagram Crazy selfie fan #nawazudinsiddiqui #kanpur A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Feb 25, 2019 at 12:46am PST Nawazuddin is currently shooting in Kanpur for his next film titled 'Raat Akeli Hai' wherein he shall be seen essaying the role of a UP cop undertaking a murder investigation. As for Nawazuddin's upcoming release, the actor shall be next seen in a romantic film titled 'Photograph' with Sanya Malhotra as the female lead. View this post on Instagram Super Excited to inform you all that after being officially selected at the prestigious #SundanceFilmFestival2019 my film #photograph will also be screened at the #berlinale2019 Thank You @riteshbatra for doing this wonder & @sanyamalhotra_ for being a wonderful part of this. A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Jan 17, 2019 at 11:13pm PST The trailer of 'Photograph' was recently launched and was extremely well received by the audience. The film's trailer traces the love story of two strangers played by Nawazuddin and Sanya, who meet in Mumbai and figure their way to love along the way. The film releases on 15th March, 2019. Additionally, Nawazuddin has also been shooting for wedding comedy 'Motichoor Chaknachoor' alongside Athiya Shetty in a prominent role. View this post on Instagram We are bringing a special gift for all the lovable kids & their family... MOTICHOOR CHAKNACHOOR - A Romantic Wedding Comedy A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Oct 25, 2018 at 12:48am PDT
  8. 2019 in Bollywood, seems to be the year of love stories which do not follow the clichéd route of a generic, normal routine of boy-meets-girl. The upcoming movie 'Luka Chuppi' explores the complicated concept of a live-in relationship in India, 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' was about queer romance and now, 'Photogragh' is coming our way and it looks like an unusual love story as well. The movie follows the story of a struggling street photographer played by Nawaz who convinces a Gujarati girl called 'Noorie' to pose as his fiancée for his ailing grandmother. He clicks a picture of Noorie which intrigues her and thus, they form a bond which is unusual yet special in its own way. © Amazon studios The trailer doesn't give out much and leaves us intrigued until the end. However, we totally trust the duo to give us a fabulous movie given their track record of stellar acting. Their story will unfold on 15th March 2019.
  9. If you've enjoyed the Netflix original Indian series 'Scared Games', then I am sure you'd be happy to know that the pop-culture induced show will be back again for season 2. The show will definitely be packaged brand new, while the crew has decided to shoot in foreign shores for the second instalment. © Netflix The show will be concluded in Africa and we hear co-star Saif Ali Khan just finished shooting in Mumbai, while Nawazuddin had a long shoot schedule in Africa. We're hearing all sorts of stories about the show and the shoot, but the best one so far is Nawazuddin teasing the fans of 'Sacred Games' claiming the second season of the hit Netflix series will be the 'baap' of season one! “This season will be the baap of the first one. Even if people know Ganesh Gaitonde, they won't know what to expect from him. We shot extensively across Mombasa, Cape Town and Johannesburg,” - Nawaz told a popular entertainment weekly. © Netflix In the series, Nawazuddin plays the character of Ganesh Gaitonde, a gangster who is trying to trace his origins, while Saif, in a parallel plot plays Sartaj Singh, a cop who is trying to save Mumbai from an impending attack. Gaitonde was killed in the first episode of season one and the story is a narration of his past in a flashback. Season two. However, there will be more depth in his character, as the story will unfold his life further, unfolding nuances of his relationship with 'Guruji', played by Pankaj Tipathi, who was shooting in Africa for season two as well. As the show moves ahead with its plot, Vikramaditya Motwane will step down as the co-director for season two and the reigns will be given to Neeraj Ghaywan who directed 'Masaan', with Anurag Kashyap. Nawaz and Anurag have created some good history together and they'll be seen joining forces once again in 'Sacred Games'. “When Anurag is working with me, he is constantly pushing me to break my own boundaries. It comes from familiarity and my ability to go on a roller coaster with him. As an actor, I am someone who enjoys twirling myself up.” Nawaz told a popular entertainment weekly. © Netflix Nawaz didn't realise earlier how phenomenally hit the show was as he wasn't tracking its success on Netflix, where it was originally aired, neither did he know about how many people were watching it, not just in India, but in the western world too. In fact when he was shooting in Rome, he was caught off guard by a few people who recognised him and wanted to click pictures with him. “I realised the impact of the show when I was shooting in Rome, a week after its release. People came up to me to click pictures. My team would show me the memes that were doing the rounds on the Internet.” © Netflix We really hope season two is way more tight and interesting and really does turn out to be the 'baap' of season 1!
  10. Social media is abuzz with praises and is absolutely bowled over with the performance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in 'Thackeray', which is a biopic of Bal Thackeray. One of the dialogues from the movie, 'Ek sangathan ki shuruwat karni hogi' has been converted into a meme and is now going viral. We have to say, it is hilarious and fits perfectly in these situations. Every Indian uncle, while making a Family Whatsapp Group. #Thackeray pic.twitter.com/VIzBQmKYw8 — Bade Chote (@badechote) December 26, 2018 New year party plan karney keliye...#Thackeray pic.twitter.com/rAmAAhcpsI — BRAHMA (@BrahmaUbaach) December 26, 2018 That's all of us and our circle of friends. #ThackerayTrailer #Thackeray When my friend got beaten up by his crush's dad pic.twitter.com/wfx6EKU87V — Sarcastic Tweets (@Sarcastic_DNA) December 26, 2018 PUBG has ruined all of us I guess. Me after downloading pubg. pic.twitter.com/ruB8zoOcu8 — Mask Ishan (@Mr_LoLwa) December 26, 2018 The trailer has left fans extremely excited over Nawaz's insane acting and Amrita Rao will be seen after a long hiatus as well.
  11. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is basically a gift to Bollywood and mankind in general, as the mad genius in him chases perfection like no one else. His next movie is a biopic of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray and as usual, the actor has nailed the role with perfection. Watch the trailer to believe it for yourself. Nawaz strikes an uncanny resemblance to Bal Thackeray in the trailer and looks fabulously convincing. The movie will trace the life story of Thackeray and present the insider story of how he became a massive political figure, who represented the people of Maharashtra with sheer determination. The actor himself has called it the 'toughest role' of his career Few more hours of wait for the trailer of the toughest role I have done ever #Thackeray pic.twitter.com/iTqe4tewx0 — Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) December 26, 2018 As expected, the social media has already gone crazy with love and admiration pouring in for the actor's brilliant performance. GOOSEBUMPS! This would definitely be one of the movies of the year 2019. #Thackeray https://t.co/AOPmJ5LIHp — fUnkydORy (@tHefUnkYdORy) December 26, 2018 Witness the real story of Balasaheb Thackeray's courage, wisdom & indomitable truth. The tiger who was known for fearing none! #Thackeray trailer out NOW! @Nawazuddin_S As Thackrey Is Simply Outstanding Goosebumps Unlimited Those Who Worship Balasaheb https://t.co/xu2B2kAhTr — Bhushan Khiladi (@Bhushanadhau1) December 26, 2018 #Thackeray This trailer is giving me goosebumps! As a 4 yr old kid, I remember watching In Mumbai news & listening to his stories... Can't wait to watch the movie.... pic.twitter.com/8YSbf9x6qk — Vinesh Prabhu (@vinshyprabhu) December 26, 2018 The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has openly objected to three dialogues in the movie which is scripted by senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut but nothing has been confirmed yet. The movie also stars Amrita Rao and will hit theatres on 25th January 2019.
  12. Having graced the silver screen with his par excellence acting skills and essaying strong, meaningful roles in films and web series, this year has been a momentous one for Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The man charmed his way into the hearts of his audience with his stellar deliveries on-screen, and there is much more - bigger and better things - in store for him in the upcoming new year. After his entertaining performance as Gaitonde in 'Sacred Games' and solid portrayal of writer-poet Saadat Hasan Manto in Nandita Das' latest creation, Nawazuddin is yet again getting ready to star in a biopic. © Instagram Releasing early next year, Nawazuddin is set to play the role of founder and former Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, in his upcoming movie 'Thackeray' directed by Abhijit Panse and written by Shiv Sena politician Sanjay Raut. While we have already watched and admired the actor's superior acting in the movie's teaser which was released last month, it is however this active snippet circulating on social media that's gaining a lot of attention. In a latest clip from the movie, Nawazuddin is seen making his way to his car in all his political glory. However, it is the uncanny resemblance of the actor to Bal Thackeray that's got the viewers lose their shit. Take a look at the clip here: View this post on Instagram A glimpse into #Thackeray starring @nawazuddin._siddiqui #Bollywood #ZoomTV #Nawaz #NawazuddinSiddiqui #Video #Biopic #Film A post shared by Zoom TV (@zoomtv) on Dec 16, 2018 at 10:26pm PST Wrapped in saffron and adorned by iconic Bal Thackeray paraphernalia, the resemblance between the two men is indeed massive. The movie promises an insight into the life and rise of one of Maharashtra's greatest political leader, and it is safe to say that Nawazuddin seem pretty close to doing justice to the magnanimous personality.
  13. I know it is 2018 and we're kind of late to crack jokes about crossovers bigger than 'Avengers: Infinity War', but I promise this is the last one...or maybe second last. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a man of unmatched talents and one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood, and his latest series 'Sacred Games' is proof of the same. Thanks to Nawazuddin, Ganesh Gaitonde has become an iconic character and his dialogue "Kabhi kabhi lagta hai apun hi bhagwan hai" is now an OG meme fodder. Netflix Well, we guess Bunty will be extremely proud now that his boss Gaitonde has won an award for his brilliant performance. On Thursday, Nawazuddin was honoured with the Best Actor award for 'Sacred Games' and actress Rasika Duggal gave him the award. Viacom 18 Motion Pictures While his fans were busy rejoicing and congratulating him for this win, it was Nawazuddin's tweet that turned this award night into a major crossover between 'Manto' and 'Sacred Games'. He wrote, "Manto ki biwi se award milne ke baad, ab lagta hai apun hi Manto hai." Manto à¤à¥ बà¥à¤µà¥ सॠà¤à¤µà¤¾à¤°à¥à¤¡ मिलनॠà¤à¥ बाद 'à¤à¤¬ लà¤à¤¤à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤ªà¥à¤¨ हॠManto हà¥' #GaneshGaitonde #Manto #iReelAwards @RasikaDugal pic.twitter.com/Y06FupXcIn — Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) September 7, 2018 Confused? Well, actress Rasika Duggal plays Nawaz's on-screen wife in his upcoming movie 'Manto', which is based on the life on author-writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Directed by Nandita Das, 'Manto' is releasing on September 21 and also stars Tahir Raj Bhasin, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Ranvir Shorey.
  14. vAfter the insane success of 'Avengers: Infinity War', Joe Russo is back in action with one of the superheroes from the Marvel Universe, Thor aka Chris Hemsworth. For those who don't know, here's a quick recap, this lethal Joe Russo-Chris Hemsworth duo is currently working on an India based Netflix movie called 'Dhaka'. © Insatgram Reportedly, Chris will play a man who is on a mission to rescue a kidnapped Indian boy in Dhaka. Talking about Netflix, looks like Radhika Apte isn't their only favourite child, they love Nawazzuddin too and that's why they offered him a role in this movie with Chris. According to reports, Nawazuddin Siddiqui aka our beloved Ganesh Gaitonde from 'Sacred Games' has been offered a role in the movie that is set in India and will be shot here as well. But Nawazuddin had to turn it down because he is currently occupied with a lot of projects and wants to finish them first before taking up any new film. © Twitter Nawazuddin is currently working on his next film 'Manto', where he will be protraying the celebrated author-writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Apart from 'Manto', Nawaz is also reportedly working in a Tamil movie alongside Rajinikanth. © Netflix Nawazuddin is on cloud nine after the unparalleled success of 'Sacred Games' and he deserves every bit of the appreciation he is getting from across the world. There couldn't have been a better actor to play Gaitonde than Nawaz and we have no qualms in saying that "Kabhi Kabhi Lagta Hai Gaitonde Hi Bhagwan Hai". Source: Mid-Day
  15. Bollywood makes two kinds of movies—one that's your typical masala movie, and other that changes the way we look at and understand cinema. Director Nandita Das is one of those few directors who picks up subjects that no one would and turn it into gold. Yeah, she is immensely talented and one powerhouse of a talent. Even when she was an actor, Das picked movies that mattered and had content that described cinema in a meaningful manner. And now when she has worn a director's hat, things haven't really changed much. Content comes first and her latest film 'Manto' is one such example. We bet you have already watched the hard-hitting trailer of the movie. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as writer Saadat Hasan Manto is incredible, to say the least. From looks, posture, aura to body language and attitude, Nawaz's resemblance to the Indo-Pakistani Urdu author is uncanny. “Sawal yeh hai, jo cheez jaisi hai usse waise hi pesh kyu na kiya jaye?” the dialogue still echoes and if it wasn't for Nawaz, the trailer wouldn't have had the same effect on us. Well, at times we do know the person but the actors bring those people back to life, introducing us to them like never before. The movie takes us through the most difficult four years of Manto's life after India-Pakistan partition. The trailer digs deep into the famous author's philosophy, his perspective of looking at life and his representation of women in the stories he wrote. We witness his struggle to support his family without compromising on his philosophies and rebelliously questioning the society and its outlook. © Viacom18 Motion Pictures The filmmaker brings an extraordinary story and looks like the cast understands its importance and the essence of what value this story holds. And you would be surprised to know that Nawaz charged Re 1 for the film and Rishi Kapoor didn't even charge a penny for it. "This is the character that an actor would give an arm and leg for. But to not charge even a nominal fee is very gracious of Nawaz. Rishi Kapoor and Gurdas Maan said yes in our first meeting. I also reached out to many whom I knew well and have used up all my goodwill to get a stellar cast that truly does justice to the characters in the film," Nandita said in a statement to IANS. © Viacom18 Motion Pictures And getting Javed Akhtar was nothing less than a great addition, "I thought it would be quite interesting to have a progressive writer of today defending 'Manto'. You will see him in a new avatar. So not like Javed saab." "Trust me, there is more to life than money! The compensation comes in the form of experience and the joy of working on interesting projects. I, too, have done many such projects and have never looked for 'monetary compensation'," added Nandita. © Twitter When we hear such stories, we wish there were more actors like these who could understand the prominence and gravity of cinema. We aren't saying commercial success doesn't matter, but from time to time actors can surely give content more importance than money. Wouldn't you agree?
  16. Nawazuddin Siddiqui's 'Manto' trailer just dropped and it is brilliant AF. Based on the life of the famous author Saadat Hasan Manto, this movie is a highly anticipated one. Directed by Nandita Das, the movie has already been creating waves at the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. © Viacom18 Motion Pictures It was 10 years ago when Nandita made her directorial debut with 'Firaaq' featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead and now, they are all set to entertain us again with a movie that will leave you stunned. It goes without saying that whatever Nawazuddin touches, turns into gold. The man is ingenious, gifted and the trailer of 'Manto' proves just that. © Viacom18 Motion Pictures The clip takes us back to the post-independence era and begins with Manto (Nawaz) standing in a courtroom. He is unapologetic, rebellious and simply questions that why can't he present the truth the way it is? He states how every story of his shows what the society is really like. “Sawal yeh hai, jo cheez jaisi hai usse waise hi pesh kyu na kiya jaye?” says Manto at the beginning of the trailer, raising a very simple yet a very valid question. © Viacom18 Motion Pictures The case filed against him is based on his popular story- 'Thanda Ghosht' in Lahore after he moved to Pakistan. The film takes us through his journey where we witness the most difficult four years of Manto's life during the India-Pakistan partition. The trailer digs deep into the famous author's philosophy, his perspective to look at life and his representation of women in the stories he wrote. © Viacom18 Motion Pictures If you have read Manto's stories or have heard about him, then you might know that the writer was often charged with obscenity, because he often wrote the harsh truth and was unapologetic about it. The pathos of his views and thoughts are portrayed in the most wonderful manner by both Nandita and Nawaz. By looking at the trailer itself, we bet there is no one else in the industry that could have done justice with 'Manto' like Nawaz it. © Viacom18 Motion Pictures Check out the trailer: The film also stars Rasika Dugal and Tahir Bhasin. We will also see Javed Akhtar, Rishi Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Paresh Rawal, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Rajashri Deshpande making appearances. The movie hits the screens on September 21.
  17. When it comes to looking for an inspirational story in Bollywood, Nawazuddin Siddiqui's name tops the list. From doing small roles to staking his claim in tinsel town with 'Gangs Of Wasseypur', he is one of the most acclaimed actors today. © Twitter While his movies are indeed worth watching, his latest role as Ganesh Gaitonde in 'Sacred Games' along with Saif Ali Khan is the most trending topic in entertainment right now. Well, his dialogue, 'Kabhi kabhi lagta hai apun hi bhagwan hai,' makes complete sense when we look at his achievements. © Nawazuddin siddqui But reaching this glorious moment in his career wasn't easy. It all started with working at a pharmacy and then farming. Turns out, he has done a lot more than one can even think of. And now, when he is flying high in his career, the man has not forgotten his roots and still enjoys farming, as it is a stress buster for him. © Twitter His brother Shamas Siddiqui recently told IANS that Nawaz is actually all set to buy a land soon to connect with his roots once again. He also plans to educate farmers and tell them about the latest technologies, so that they can be well equipped. © Twitter “Last year, we had implemented new irrigation techniques in Budhana, which helped the farmers there tremendously. Similarly, Nawaz bhai and I want to create awareness here too. Once people will see him implementing new techniques, it will create curiosity, and in the process, we will be able to help them in developing their output,” Shamas Siddiqui said. © Twitter As per reports, the actor will buy land in Kasara, Maharashtra and will soon start farming himself. Now isn't this cool? Full respect to this man for wanting to stay true to his roots and not forgetting his humble beginnings.
  18. Kabir Khan's ambitious project '83' has taken off with Ranveer Singh in the lead. The movie is set in the backdrop of the historic 1983 cricket world cup and Ranveer will play the character of the legendary cricketer, Kapil Dev. 35 years ago...They made India proud ð®ð³ 35 years on...I hope we can make Them proud ðð½ @kabirkhankk #83 ðð A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jun 25, 2018 at 10:41am PDT ð A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jun 15, 2018 at 10:52am PDT As per the recent reports in Mumbai Mirror, stellar actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to join the star cast of the movie and will play the role of Ranveer's coach. © Twitter In a previous interview, director Kabir Khan shared his thoughts on making this sports biopic. 'I had no idea then that from that day on cricket in India would change forever. As a filmmaker, the journey to that win, filled with the raw energy and sheer passion of a young Indian team, is probably one of the most exciting stories I have worked on." The film is currently in the initial stages of filming and is probably going to be slated for an August 2019 release. This will be Nawazuddin's second movie with the talented director as they have previously worked on 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' together. With two amazing actors helming the ambitious project, this movie is bound to be a success.
  19. Ever since we got the glimpse of Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Saadat Hasan Manto, we have been excited about the teaser. If there is one thing that Nawaz has shown us over time is the fact that he can do anything and everything. He is extraordinary and leaves no stone unturned when it comes to portraying a character. And that's exactly what he did in the teaser of 'Manto' that was released on 13th May at Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Nandita Das, the film is based on author Saadat Hasan Manto. It was 10 years ago when Nandita made her directorial debut with 'Firaaq' featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead and now they are all set to entertain us again with a movie that will leave you stunned. © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures The teaser transports us to the post-Independence era when we were still struggling with poverty and corruption. Nawaz plays a fearless and rebellious writer, who is unstoppable and speaks his mind out loudly. Soon we also see a court case being filed against Manto for his popular story- Thanda Ghosht in Lahore after he moved to Pakistan. We also see debates taking place between him and his wife Safia (Rasika Duggal). © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures The clip highlights show how Manto is unstoppable and unapologetic about what he narrates in his stories. The film traces the most difficult four years of Manto's life during the India-Pakistan partition. The pathos of his views and thoughts have been presented in the most impactful manner by Nandita and Nawaz both. There is a line in the teaser that sums up everything about life, “aakhir mein afsaane hi reh jaate hain aur unke kirdaar.” © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Taking to his Twitter, Nawazuddin shared the teaser and tweeted, “First day in #FestivalDeCannes with the much awaited #MantoTeaser #CannesWithManto.” First day in #FestivalDeCannes with the much awaited #MantoTeaser #CannesWithManto https://t.co/mwbdJUB7Nv — Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) May 12, 2018 In the movie, Abid Ali Abid will be seen donning the role of lyricist Javed Akhtar, Chandan Roy Sanyal as Manto's close friend Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, and Rishi Kapoor as a film producer. You also have Ila Arun as Jaddanbai, Rajashri Deshpande as Ismat Chughtai and Tillotama Shome as a prostitute. Check out the teaser now:
  20. Netflix India's much awaited series, 'Sacred Games' has created all kind of buzz on the internet. While we have binge-watched so many Netflix shows, it is a sheer visual treat to see our own actors come together for a fabulous 'desi' crime show. Before we talk about how it goes down, let's have a look at the teaser: Even if you're a god, betrayal is the only truth. Presenting Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan and Radhika Apte in the Netflix original series, Sacred Games. Premieres 6th July 2018.@SacredGames_TV pic.twitter.com/BEHMrLypZk — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) May 4, 2018 Okay, first things first. We love the star cast, everyone seems to be fitting in their role perfectly. Nawazuddin is the self-proclaimed gangster god, Saif Ali Khan is a Sikh police officer, and there is the added brilliance of Radhika Apte. The series is based on the famous book by the same name written by Vikram Chandra. If you love overdosing on crime dramas, then 'Sacred Games' fits the bill for you. The show airs on July 6th and will be an eight episode long series. People are loving the whole 'Narcos' feel to it. Gives me Narcos chills — Shiva Saran (@YusCube) May 4, 2018 Eagerly waiting for this one.. Next super hit netflix original — Shaswata Kapat (@Kapatshaswata98) May 4, 2018 The show is directed by Anurag Kashyap, so the expectations are obviously high. We are now waiting for the trailer to launch.
  21. Nandita Das's biographical drama 'Manto' has been creating a major buzz ever since we got to see its first look. The stark resemblance between Nawazuddin Siddiqui and 'Manto' in the stills that were released some time ago was incredible. And now the movie has been selected in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. This specific category features 20 films that deliver unique stories in non-traditional ways. (c) Twitter The announcement was made by the festival director Thierry Fremaux today in Paris with other movies that have been selected as well. Sharing the news, Nawazuddin tweeted, “And it is possible that Saadat Hasan dies, but MANTO remains alive”. Glad to inform that 'MANTO' is selected for competition at #Cannes2018 in #UnCertainRegard section. Congratulations @nanditadas and Team #Manto” “And it is possible that Saadat Hasan dies, but MANTO remains alive”. Glad to inform that 'MANTO' is selected for competition at #Cannes2018 in #UnCertainRegard section. Congratulations @nanditadas and Team #Manto pic.twitter.com/LBKcSVb1vb — Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) April 12, 2018 Director Nandita Das also posted on Twitter, “We are in Cannes!! #Manto is selected in the official section- Un Certain Regards. Exciting moment for the entire crew & cast. @Viacom18Movies @HP @ajlucio5 @vikbatra @mantagoyal @Nawazuddin_S @RasikaDugal @chintskap @SirPareshRawal @tahirbhasinfc @Javedakhtarjadu @gurdasmaan” We are in Cannes!! #Manto is selected in the official section- Un Certain Regards. Exciting moment for the entire crew & cast. @Viacom18Movies @HP @ajlucio5 @vikbatra @mantagoyal @Nawazuddin_S @RasikaDugal @chintskap @SirPareshRawal @tahirbhasinfc @Javedakhtarjadu @gurdasmaan https://t.co/Rfva438Kpc — Nandita Das (@nanditadas) April 12, 2018 Thanking everyone for their love and support, Nandita also shared a post on Facebook. Manto will compete with other movies like Bi Gan's Long Day's Journey into Night, Andréa Bescond and Eric Metayer's Little Tickles, French-Morrocan director Meyem Benm'Barek's Sofia, and Ali Abbasi's Border, among others. Nawaz who is an extremely talented and critically acclaimed actor will be seen donning the hat of author Saadat Hasan Manto in Mumbai and Pakistan after the partition. To give us a small glimpse of what Siddiqui is doing, she also directed a short film :In Defence of Freedom' as a prelude to 'Manto', which is a must watch. The entries in this section are also valid for the FIPRESCI Prize, which gives it a wider opening and reach. Manto also features Paresh Rawal, Rishi Kapoor, Rasika Dugal and Tahir Raj Bhasin. One can bet that Siddiqui will impress the viewers with his impeccable acting. (c) Twitter Apart from Manto, Nawaz will soon be seen in another biopic playing Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.
  22. As soon as Netflix announced that it will be making its way to India, fans of the online streaming service were ready with their credit cards. But when it finally was available, it caused widespread disappointment across the country as the content available was different and way too less as compared to other countries. So in a way to compensate for the same, Netflix decided to go ahead and make content with Indian actors and storylines that would be relatable to the Indian audience. Its upcoming show 'Sacred Games' is an attempt at the same and its first look sure looks promising. © Netflix The first thing that got us intrigued is the fact that it is based on the critically-acclaimed best-selling novel of the same name by author Vikram Chandra and is being directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. © Goodreads Our hopes were already at an all-time high and then we got to hear the next best news which is the cast of the show: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Radhika Apte. And today, the Twitter account of Netflix India provided us with the first look at them. The deadliest games are the ones we've been fooled into playing. Here's the first look of #SacredGames pic.twitter.com/F1gBkaVGSf — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) February 23, 2018 Radhika's serious and solemn expression and Nawaz's unsettling smile sure look intriguing. © Twitter (Netflix India) © Twitter (Netflix India) But its Saif's character that has all our attention. © Twitter (Netflix India) It's clear that Saif is playing the role of a Sikh police offer and his blood splattered face is just what was needed to get the audience hooked. Good job Netflix! The series would revolve around Inspector Sartaj Singh (Evidently Saif) and Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India. Sartaj's life is going downhill for a variety of reasons when an anonymous tip promises him an opportunity to capture Ganesh. But of course, it isn't going to be as easy as it seems. While the two indulge in a classic hide-and-seek game, it becomes clear that both of them are a part of something which is way larger than it appears to be. A story full of violence, betrayal, corruption, and politics awaits us. On being asked about the release date by a user, Netflix just tweeted that they will keep us posted. Soon, Aditya. We'll keep you posted. — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) February 23, 2018 Well we are already hooked and can't wait to watch what Netflix has got in store for its Indian audience.
  23. Mumbai was his city and Mumbaikars loved him. He was called the Tiger, and when he stood in the crowd, all people could shout was 'Balasaheb Thackeray zindabad'. If you have lived in Mumbai when Shiv Sena Supremo was alive, we don't need to tell you who he was. The man earned his name and despite not owning a political title or running for Chief Minister, he was no less than one. It all starts with the aerial view of Shivaji Park ground where you can see thousands of people gathered. The camera zooms from the back towards a man wearing his trademark shawl, folding his hands in front of his followers. And you just know that he is Shiva Sena's founder Bal Thackeray. But a closer glance and you realise the man on the screen is none other than Nawazuddin Siddiqui. © Thackeray The Film It's the uncanny resemblance between the two that takes you back and leaves you stunned. The teaser of much-awaited Bal Thackeray biopic, titled 'Thackeray', is out and we just can't get over it. Nawazuddin took to Twitter sharing the first look and wrote, “an honour and pride to portray the Real King of the Country on Screen (sic).” It's an honour and pride to portray the Real King of the Country on Screen. Here comes the TEASER of #Thackeray Hearty Thanx to Shri @uddhavthackeray Sir, Shri @rautsanjay61, Shri @SrBachchan Sir and Abhijit Pansehttps://t.co/cYHRUkdJEu — Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) December 21, 2017 The black and white video keeps you hooked from the start of the frame, you just can't over the hysterical crowd chanting Balsaheb's name and when the camera pans on Thackeray turning into a colour frame, all you feel is goosebumps. © Thackeray The Film Written and produced by Rajya Sabha MP and Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut, the teaser was launched by Amitabh Bachchan, who has himself portrayed Bal in 'Sarkar', and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. Playing Bal Thackeray ain't no game. There are emotions and sentiments connected to this man's story and we can't help but agree that no one could have done it better than Nawaz.
  24. Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui perhaps didn?t anticipate the strong backlash he would receive once snippets from his book went public. The actor recently had excerpts from his memoir ?An ordinary life? published in a daily. Little did he know, that following the content being public he would be embroiled in a legal battle for defaming women he had brief affairs with. It came to the extent where he had to pull back his book and apologise on Twitter. Nawazuddin had revealed snippets of his affair with his ?Miss Lovely? co-star and another former girlfriend Niharika Singh, after which a Delhi-based lawyer filed a complaint against him with National Commission for women. Niharika had accused Nawazuddin for exploiting and disrespecting women in order to sell the book. The actress said she came to know later about Nawazuddin?s wife back in his village. Niharika said she didn?t have any knowledge of the content and she didn?t give her consent for the memoir. Sunita Rajwar, another woman mentioned in the book, said that the book is about manipulation of events, calling it ?extraordinary lies?.
  25. When we talk of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, we talk about how brilliant an actor he is. We talk about how he comes from a humble background and once worked as a watchman while struggling as an actor. What we don't know is how he faced an acute sense of rejection at every step and the ordeal became so insufferable that he began to believe death was close. Nawazuddin's life is as dramatic and inspirational as a cinematic story rolling on a 70mm screen. A simple village boy whose mother had to pawn her jewellery to make him go to college, arrives in Mumbai to make it big and he does. It makes you feel good about life and gives you hope. But it's not as simple as that. When you go through the story holding his hand and see every struggle, you realise success is not a reward, it's what keeps you alive. © BCCL In his memoir 'An Ordinary Life', Nawazuddin pens down his story (along with co-author Rituparna Chatterjee) and it's a tale of sweat, blood and tears. A quiet village in Budhana, Uttar Pradesh, a family of 9 children and a meager income – it was as ordinary a life in rural India as can be. In a place where making ends meet is an everyday priority and where discrimination is inherited, dreams often go only as far as getting a college degree and a job. But Nawazuddin, even though deeply grounded in his reality, never shied away from ambition. © Facebook/Nawazuddin Siddiqui One particular incident proved life-changing for him. When he was merely 12, he took up a summer job as an assistent in a chemist shop. His heart was not in the job and he was subject to a lot of humiliation from his boss. That day the 12-year-old boy learnt a lesson that would stay with him forever. “I realized that I might not be good at doing this particular thing, but this was not the only thing in the world,” he writes in his biography. © Facebook/Nawazuddin Siddiqui There are certain moments in life when we realise we are not going to give up. This was one of them for Nawazuddin. But tinsel town is capable of breaking the strongest of spirits. Years later, he was to experience the hardest phase of his life. As a struggling actor in Mumbai, Nawazuddin had reached the farthest point of his endurance. No work, no money, no love. Having spent years mastering acting at Bhartendu Natya Academy and National School of Drama, he found himself begging for work. The fact that he was dark and skinny ensured he got roles that stereotyped him into being a nobody. “I was getting rejected from all corners. Women rejected me. Bare necessities like food rejected me. Between 2005 and 2007, I was secretly homeless. I would sleep at one friend's house, have breakfast at another friend's, lunch at yet another friend's house.” © Anurag Kashyap Films Nawaz was at a point where he had no money for food and went days without eating. When they ask you how badly you want something, it is this. Nawaz had the option of giving up, of returning home or finding a 9-to-6 job and live a life of no ambition. He was at a point where he was so wasted he was sure he was going to die. Famished to the point that his bones stuck out from his flesh, Nawaz was consumed by a belief that death was round the corner. This is how it'd end, he thought. This is how the curtain would fall on his story. “I was so weak that I fainted out of hunger on the streets […] I felt that I would die soon. […] So I stayed out of the house all the time. I watched every little mundane detail with great interest so that I would have no regrets left that I had not seen stuff. Streetlights, buildings, buses and all kinds of banalities.” © Facebook/Nawazuddin Siddiqui In the book, he talks about how he would drop by at his friends' houses unannounced at lunch time, hoping people would offer him food. Penniless, homeless, jobless, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was waiting for a miracle. He reveals he did not have enough money to afford an auto to his friend's place at Yari Road and he'd walk the stretch in the muggy Mumbai afternoons just to get a morsel of food. Back in his hometown, his wealthy Zamindar grandfather, in his heyday and much before Nawaz was born, would donate land the size of Yari Road on a whim. The contrast of what could have been and what was his life was huge. And yet, he did not return home. When you want success as badly as your dear life, you can be sure you'd succeed. He stayed in the city that showed him the worst phase of his life, and he kept moving. His was the story of thousands of aspiring actors who come to Mumbai every year, only to have their back broken with the industry's relentless impenetrable exterior. Some gave up and returned, some gave in and compromised, some persisted and got spent. Nawazuddin Siddiqui went on. © Anurag Kashyap Films With constant rejection, both from his profession and from women around him, Nawazuddin decided to focus on his work. Success finally came but Nawaz had seen enough of life to be swayed by it. Despite the huge amount of critical acclaim of his work, he remains humble and is quick to admit to his fallacies. Talking about the role that he catapulted him to fame, that of Faisal Khan in 'Gangs of Wasseypur', he reveals he had almost messed it up. “Many think that I delivered an astounding performance in 'Gangs of Wasseypur'. But the truth is that I had almost ruined the character of Faisal Khan—by trying too hard, way too hard to exude power, because, well, isn't a gangster supposed to be powerful? Should he not display power to invoke fear wherever he goes? 'No way, Nawaz!' Anurag quipped. 'Just calm down. You are a gangster. They are already afraid of you, dude. You don't need to do anything.'” Nawazuddin Siddiqui's success was not accidental, it was a long hard journey to brilliance. One that took sweat, blood and tears. His very humble background helped him stay in touch with reality and portray roles with a realism that comes from living them firsthand. In the end, life has come full circle and his talent has found due credit.
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