Nawazuddin Siddiqui has come a long way. From playing a teeny-tiny role in Munnabhai MBBS to carrying an entire movie like Freaky Ali on his shoulders, his journey was full of struggles. And today, on his birthday, let’s take a look back at his oh-so-inspiring story!

It all began on 19 May 1974, Nawazazuddin Siddiqui was born in a tiny village called Budhana in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. He had 9 siblings and was born in a farmer family. He was the eldest sibling and had always shown a keen interest in art and theatre.

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Post college, he worked as the chief chemist in SCME Petrochemicals in Baroda for about 3 years.

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After that, he moved to the city of dreams and worked as a watchman. This stint was short-lived as he couldn’t deal with the work and hated standing for long hours.

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He joined National School of Drama where he learnt about theatre. Post graduation, he started for TV and movie roles.

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Sadly enough, he faced a plethora of rejections because of his ‘looks’. He was unable to procure work!

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He got a break in Pepsi’s Sachin Ala Re campaign and played the role of a dhobi for which he was paid 500 Rs. He eventually made his Bollywood debut in Sarfarosh and did some blink-and-you-miss-it roles in Munnabhai and Aaja Nachle.

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After years of struggle, he finally made it big with Gangs of Wasseypur which made him a superstar!

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Nawaz got married to Anjali at a very young age. They lived and struggled together!

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Nawaz admits to being an introvert and says he prefers spending most of his time alone!

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From a farming family to a Bollywood superstar, his story is truly inspiring!

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A very happy birthday Nawaz, keep inspiring us the way you always have!