Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the epitome of an atypical Hindi film hero. And he is well aware of it. “I’m from a family that is not even remotely related to Bollywood — my physical appearance isn’t the kind you’d expect to see in a Hindi film. But I knew I was an actor,” says Nawaz, with a humility that is rare.With the same honesty, 41-year-old Nawazuddin confesses that despite being hailed as a dependable actor, he is still insecure.
“Industry format mein hi insecurity hai... Formula hi insecurity wala hai... When I was trying to make my way in, about 70% films had the same plot — a hero, a heroine and a villain. There was hardly anything for anyone else. So, I was insecure about getting work. But I was clear ki kaam chhota ya bada ho... bas mile aur main acha kar sakoon. Now, the insecurity is different now,” says the NSD graduate, who hails from a family of farmers from Budhana village, UP.
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The actor values critical and commercial acclaim, but that hasn’t changed him. "Jitna socha tha usse zyada mila. All I wanted was to get work — screen-time of the role didn’t matter to me. I’m an actor and I wanted to work — be it in, films, theatre or TV," says Nawaz, whose first role was a small one in Aamir Khan-starrer, Sarfarosh (1999).