He struggled to make a name for himself for 16 years. And even though he essayed a significant role in the Vidya Balan-starrer Kahaani, success and recognition came to actor Nawazuddin Siddique only with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s two part Gangs of Wasseypur, this year.
The actor says he had lost all hope before these films happened. “I had stopped believing that I’ll be able to do something or be known for anything. I stopped going back to my village (Budhana in district Muzaffarnagar of Uttar Pradesh) because I wouldn’t have been able to answer their questions. Everyone, but my mother, lost hope in me. I’m now relieved her faith in me didn’t go waste,” the 40-year-old told us on his recent visit to the Capital.
“Anurag encouraged me to fight in real life. Now, with the reaction I’ve received, I’m getting back my enthusiasm. Everyone is happy at home. I just want to keep acting,” added Siddique, who is married and has a daughter back home. Not many know that he worked as a chemist and a watchman before diving into acting and now stays with his brother in Mumbai.
Life has taken a giant leap for the actor after GOW Part II that saw him in the main lead. “35 scripts came to me after that. But I won’t do meaningless films,said Siddique, who will be next seen in Aatma opposite Bipasha Basu, Dabba with Irrfan, a Vasan Bala film and another one titled Haramkhor.
Nawazuddin speaks-"On new-found fame I regret it took so long to be noticed despite struggling since the last 16 years. I stopped believing that I’ll ever be able to do something or ever be known for anything."
On film offers-"I got a lot of offers after Gangs of Wasseypur... 35 scripts came to me. But I won’t do unnecessary and meaningless films. I’ll do meaningful cinema.