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Life Of Nawazuddin Siddiqui: From A Watchman To A Superstar

This current era of Bollywood is dominated by sons and daughters of the 'stars of the previous era'. These contemporary stars have been carrying the name of their predecessors and becoming famous in no time; whereas on the other hand, Bollywood also constitutes some actors which turned from 'rags to riches'.

Well, I'm not opposing or favoring any respective parties. But, as Freaky Ali is going to hit the cinema soon, let's hit a limelight on the lead actor of the movie, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui belongs to the latter category of Bollywood actors. From a watchman to one of the renowned Bollywood actors, I present to you his crusade of life.

Read on to find out how our very own 'Faisal' became one of the legit stars of Bollywood.

Life Of Nawazuddin Siddiqui: From A Watchman To A Superstar

Life Of Nawazuddin Siddiqui: From A Watchman To A Superstar

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui belonged to a family of farmers.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui belonged to a family of farmers.

He was born in a small town called Budhana in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh.

He worked as a chemist and always dreamed of becoming an actor. 

He worked as a chemist and always dreamed of becoming an actor. 

He moved to Delhi and worked as a watchman. Moreover, he joined theater and used to watch plays.

He joined the National School of Drama in New Delhi. 

He joined the National School of Drama in New Delhi. 

After graduating from NSD, he moved to Mumbai. He was so broke, that he shared an apartment with an NSD senior and cooked meals for him to earn a living.

Siddiqui made his first appearance in Sarfarosh (1999)...

Siddiqui made his first appearance in Sarfarosh (1999)...

...Shool (1999). After that, he worked in a movie Jungle (2000). He continued working in stereotypical roles.

After a long haul, being broke and out of work...

After a long haul, being broke and out of work...

...he lived in a flat shared with four other people and survived by conducting occasional acting workshops.

Next, he appeared in Munna Bhai MBBS (2003) in the opening scene where he tries to pick a pocket of Sunil Dutt...

Next, he appeared in Munna Bhai MBBS (2003) in the opening scene where he tries to pick a pocket of Sunil Dutt...

...and a bandit in 'The Bypass' (2003). Because of his 'gangsta' look, he was assigned these stereotypical roles.

His appearance is Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday (2004) paved his way for more powerful roles. 

His appearance is Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday (2004) paved his way for more powerful roles. 

His first lead appearance in the movie Patang (2011), was premiered at Berlin International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. His role was praised by one of the renowned film critic, Roger Ebert.

He also appeared in a cameo role in Dev D (2009) in the song 'Emotional Atyachar' as Patna Ke Presley.

He also appeared in a cameo role in Dev D (2009) in the song ‘Emotional Atyachar’ as Patna Ke Presley.

After portraying a role of a reporter in Peepli (Live) (2010)...

After portraying a role of a reporter in Peepli (Live) (2010)...

Siddiqui got the recognition he really deserved. Then, he appeared in Kahaani (2012), where he played a role of a short-tempered and archetype intelligence officer.

Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) gave rise to our very own 'Faisal' (pronounced as Phaisal), which was exceptionally good

Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) gave rise to our very own ‘Faisal’ (pronounced as Phaisal), which was exceptionally good

When Faisal won the hearts of the audience, he came back with phenomenal movies like...

When Faisal won the hearts of the audience, he came back with phenomenal movies like...

...Miss Lovely (2012), Talaash (2012), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), Manjhi- The Mountain Man (2015) and many more. He has also acted in a Gujarati film called Haraamkhor (2015) and won an award for 'The Best Actor' at the New York Fim Festival.

And he's back again with his unbeatable performance.

And he’s back again with his unbeatable performance.

Say hello to 'Freaky Ali'. Releasing in cinemas near you on September 9, 2016.

Watch the trailer here.

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