Today, he is a household name in the film world and every film-maker wants to work with him. He is popular for adding a personal touch to every character that he picks, making it hard for the audience to not notice his roles.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui hails from a small district called Budhana located in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. His dream of becoming an actor stemmed from a play that he once came across in Delhi. There was no looking back for him after that, although he faced several obstacles along the way.
There is a lot to learn from a self-made man whose sheer determination and persistence along with his potential made him successful.
Here are the 15 Inspiring Quotes by Nawazuddin Siddiqui that reflect his journey in Bollywood-
- Believe in Yourself
“All my friends and relatives said ‘How will he become a hero’ when I set out and when I go back now they say ‘he has done it. I made it possible.”
- Don’t Judge the Book by its Cover
“20 years ago I went to an office. The Assistant Director had asked, “You are not looking like an actor, how will you become an actor?”
- Hard work is the Key
“Behind every easy role, there is a lot of hard work that goes in.”
- Give your Best
“My job is to work hard and be honest with my character, and that’s in my control. I can only try to give my best performance.”
- Learn from your Experiences
“My experience has offered me the sensibility that encourages me to try newer characters.”
- Things do not always work out
“So many times I felt I was wasting my time because things were just not working out.”
- Creativity is not an easy task
“It is easy to do the job, but creativity is difficult.”
- People are Stories
“I love observing people. Each face tells so many stories. It lets me understand emotions, and that helps me apply my skills as an actor.”
- Money is not Everything
“I want to become the highest-paid actor. Not because I want money, but because I know I will be paid for my acting, for my ability to entertain.”
- Life is not always fair
“My problem is that just because somebody comes from a film family he gets paid in crores. He may be a good actor but that is unfair. Let him prove his ability first, right?”
- Be different
“I’m not like formula film actors, who no matter what the name/character will have the same performance, same body language.”
- Character is important for acting
“I’m okay playing a dancer or a Rockstar but it should be a character-driven role. I’m not up for illogical stuff.”
- Being an actor is not an easy job
“It’s very difficult switching over from one character to another.”
- Don’t be afraid of struggles
“When I had no money, I would find out which friend had work at that time and would go and stay with him for a week. All of us theatre guys did that.”
- Determination is important
“There was electricity in our village only for 2-3 hours a day, so all my life, I studied under a lamp.”
From Manto to Gangs of Wasseypur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has come a long way. He is one of the few actors whose 8 films have been screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Apart from that, he also featured in two series Sacred Games and McMafia- both of which were nominated for the prestigious Emmy Awards.
He has also bagged two Filmfare Awards, a National Film Award, and an IIFA Award. All of these honors and accolades are an open testament to his potential as an actor which earned him popularity, praise, and limelight in B-town. Which of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s films did you like the most?