Nawazuddin Siddiqui turns 41 on Thursday. The Bollywood actor reached Mumbai late on Wednesday after making his third appearance at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, for his upcoming film, Raman Raghav 2.0. The Anurag Kashyap film marks his eighth film at Cannes in the last four years. While the film received mixed reviews, Nawaz is getting all the applause for his portrayal of a psychopath killer in the movie.
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The Lunchbox, Gangs of Wasseypur, Miss Lovely and Liar’s Dice are some of his earlier films to go to the Cannes. While seven films featured him as an actor, his debut production Miyan Kal Aana -- directed by brother Shamas Siddiqui -- was also screened at the festival.
Nawazuddin, who came to the limelight with Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, had done 26 films before we even knew his name! Nawaz may today prove that there is hope for Bollywood aspirants from small towns and villages but his success is not overnight. It took grit, determination and years of blink-and-you-miss-it roles for him to reach here.
As he celebrates his birthday on Thursday, we take a look at five such roles.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s first onscreen appearance was in Aamir Khan’s Sarfarosh in 1999. He played a local criminal who is arrested and interrogated after a raid at Victoria House in the film.
His next film was in the same year, another great piece of cinema starring Manoj Bajpayee. Nawazuddin was seen as a waiter in the movie.
Munnabhai MBBS (2003)
Nawazuddin played a petty criminal who pickpockets Sunil Dutt’s wallet (Sanjay Dutt’s dad in the film as well) in the Rajkumar Hirani hit.
Black Friday (2004)
Asgar Mukadam, one of the men involved in the blast, was none other than actor Nawaziuddin Siddiqui! Kay kay’s interrogation with Nawazuddin is an amazing scene you’ve got to watch.
Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)
A local goon who flaunts flashy shades in the desert. Trust Nawazuddin to play the character with perfection.
And here are five films that offered him roles lengthy enough to explore his skills.
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
Anurag Kashyap created the grand canvas that Nawazuddin’s acting prowess needed. After his portrayal of Faizal Khan, Manoj Bajpayee’s son in the movie, life was never the same for Nawazuddin.
The IB officer who could almost see behind Vidya Balan’s lies could only have been A Khan, played by Nawazuddin.
Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
The finnese with which Nawazuddin essayed the role of Gopi, the gang member of Irrfan Khan who betrays him is simply mesmerizing. One of the most trusted man in the gang, he ends up compromising everyone’s lives.
Nawazuddin played the main antagonist in Salman Khan-starrer Kick. Shiv Gajra’s evil laugh is simply unforgettable.
A criminal who robs banks and kills people but also turns around to give a guilt trip to his opponent. Sriram Raghavan’s Badlapur could not have been the same experience were it not for Nawazuddin.
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