On His Birthday: Looking At Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Best Performances

As the Bollywood actor turns 46, we look back at his glorious film career.

On His Birthday: Looking At Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Best Performances
On His Birthday: Looking At Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Best Performances

If there is one thing that the Bollywood fraternity is regularly criticized about, it is the nepotism that exists in the industry. ‘Outsiders’ have to struggle twice more than a star kid to make their place in the industry. And Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the outsider who did just that.

Starting his Bollywood career with a small role in his debut movie Sarfarosh in 1999, Siddiqui's acting prowess was only widely recognized in 2010 movie Peepli Live.

Since then the Asia Pacific Screen Awards winning actor has gained accolades for his dynamic acting skills and starred alongside Bollywood superstars, such as, Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan, to name a few.

As the star turns 46 today, May 19, we look back at some of his most mesmerizing performances:

Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

Portraying the role of Faizal Khan, Siddiqui won much recognition for this role as he brought to light the coal mafia in a small town in India through fictional characters on the silver screen.

Badlapur (2015)

Starring alongside Indian actor Varun Dhawan, Siddiqui held his own in this 2015 critically acclaimed movie as the bank robber whose life takes an unexpected turn as he kills the wife and son of a layman by mistake.

Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016)

Siddiqui has proven his nuanced acting skills by doing roles that even superstars shy away from and his role in 2016 movie Raman Raghav 2.0 is proof.

The movie, which was internationally released as Psycho Raman, saw the star essay the role of a serial killer.

Manto (2018)

This 2018 biographical movie saw Siddiqui play the character of the Urdu author Saadat Hasan Manto.

The movie and the actor’s portrayal of the Indo-Pak author did not only get recognition across India but Pakistan too. It was also premiered in the Cannes Film Festival that year.