Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a perfect example of a rags-to-riches story as he rose from being a struggling farmer to a much in demand actor with several critically acclaimed performances to boast about. There was a time when Nawazuddin Siddiqui was nothing less than an embarrassment for his family, with his father suggesting him not to return home.
Nawazuddin did every tiny role that came his way
Nawazuddin did every tiny role that came his way and was seen in blink-and-miss roles like that of a pickpocketer in Munnabhai MBBS(2003), a terror suspect in Sarfarosh (1999) and many others. Sharing his late father’s disappointment with his choice of work, the actor had told Cinestaan in an interview, “My father used to get upset when I did small roles. He used to say, ‘why do you do these small roles where you get bashed up. Please don’t come here, it’s embarrassing for the family. He asked me to stop doing such roles.”
I worked odd jobs – sometimes as a watchman, sometimes selling coriander: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin had once shared how he would borrow money to make ends meet during his initial days in Mumbai. He had told said in a post on Humans of Bombay Instagram account, “I would borrow money from my friends, saying I’d return them in 2 days. Two days later I would borrow money from someone else and pay the first person back. I lived in a flat with four other people – it was about survival. I worked odd jobs – sometimes as a watchman, sometimes selling coriander.”