For a struggling actor who was told that his ‘unglamorous’ looks would impede his Bollywood dreams, the prophecy has come a cropper. Today Nawazuddin Siddiqui has nine films lined up in the lead role, with Gangs of Wasseypur II being the first among these.
Nawazuddin was able to carve a niche in Bollywood, only after years of struggle. He left his job as an officer in a petrochemical factory in Vadodara and joined the National School of Drama. Yet he had to be content with small roles in television and films.
The big break for this Dehradun lad, came in Black Friday (2007). His role of a scribe in Peepli Live (2010) also garnered good response. But the turning point in his career was his role as an IB officer in Kahaani (2012).
“The character of Faisal Khan has given me a new identity of a sometimes cool yet angry young man”, says Nawazuddin. The film released on Wednesday (August 8), instead of Friday, to give the film some time to run before the release of Salman Khan starrer— Ek tha Tiger, on August 15.
“Doing a film for Anurag Kashyap is an out of this world experience in itself. I have known him for the past 14-15 years and his presence on the sets has been a catalyst for my acting,” he says.
The versatile actor adds that though he loves off beat films, he has no qualms about doing masala films. “I would do any genre of film as long as it poses a challenge to me and does not make me think that it was not worthwhile,” he says.