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Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Initially accepted small roles for survival

Panaji, Nov 22, 2022- While recalling the journey of becoming actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Tuesday said that initially, he accepted small roles for survival as he had no other alternative.

He was speaking on the topic – ‘Journey as an Actor’ in International Film Festival of India, underway in Goa.

“I was offered small roles which I accepted for survival then. I had no other alternative. But I never got disappointed. It is the difficult time that makes you strong,” he said.

He said “if you have to begin from zero, you have to first unlearn what you have learnt”.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has appeared in some of Bollywood’s major films such as ‘Black Friday’, ‘New York’, ‘Peepli Live’, ‘Kahani’, and ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, spoke about struggles and challenges.

Nawazuddin said that after graduating from a college, he worked as a chemist in a petrochemical company for a short while. However, to fulfil the dream of becoming an actor, he got associated with theatre.

Eventually, he got admitted to the National School of Drama (NSD) in Delhi.

Responding to a question on how ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ turned out to be a turning point in his acting career, he said that the movie made him believe in himself.

“I was confident that my struggles will get over after this and people will appreciate this movie,” he said.

Nawazuddin also shared his experience of working in web-series on Netflix and other OTT platforms.

He said that initially he was hesitant to work in series on OTT platforms as he had no idea about them.

However, Anurag Kashyap convinced him for working on these platform. It is to be noted that Sacred Games web-series turned out to be a big hit on Netflix.

Nawazuddin also shared his words of wisdom on playing versatile roles in biopic ‘Manto’, where he played role of prominent Urdu author Saadat Hasan Manto, and ‘Thackeray’, in which he played the role of Bal Thackeray.

“Acting is my hobby and I don’t get tired of it. Acting is my everything, its my life. Even one life is not enough to satiate my thirst for acting,” he said, adding it motivates him.  (Agency)

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