Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the few actors who broke stereotypes in Bollywood and proved that true skills in your will always prevail over anything else. Siddiqui’s struggle to prominence in the industry is no secret. From a street rat who got caught pickpocketing Sunil Dutt in Munnabhai MBBS to a powerful police officer in Raees, is no easy nor common a feat. With a powerful screen presence as his, he now even earns praise for 5-minute roles of the likes of one in Dev Patel’s Lion. So on his 43rd birthday as an ode to his achievements, we list down 5 of his remarkable roles in the Indian film industry.
In this movie, he has portrayed a deputy-in-charge of Intelligence Bureau (IB), A. Khan. The character is very aggressive, commanding, arrogant and rude. Despite his stature, he has shown aggression, arrogance through his voice, energy, acting and dialogue delivery, which results in an overall staggering performance.
Manjhi: The Mountain Man
A romantic love story where Siddiqui plays the role of a man who dug a mountain using only a hammer and a chisel to carve a road through a treacherous mountain for twenty-two years because her better half slipped on it and died. Dashrath Manjhi’s life got recognition via Nawazuddin’s top notch performance.
Gangs of Wasseypur
A story of vengeance by a coal mafia Faisal Khan, justified by Siddiqui. Faisal is interested in guns and everything crass. How he romantically talks to his wife played by Huma Qureshi makes for a role which keeps you hooked. How he beheaded his friend and killed his enemies after making them half bald is not something you see a puny actor pull off in Bollywood too often, and one that’s pulled off such swagger.
In one of his best performances till date, Nawazuddin proves that a good role needn’t be sensational. His annoying, comic smile and persistence, mirroring a simple man called Shaikh, who’s looking to replace a retiring Mr Fernandes endears himself dearly over the span of the movie and bows out an adorable character which you’ll not wanna let go of.
One of Siddiqui’s best comic roles which exhibit his prowess in acting throughout the years and his versatility in his trade. Chand Nawab endeared himself to the worldwide audience on the release of Bajrangi Bhaijaan with his hilarious portrayal of a Pakistani news reporter and his assistance to Bajrangi in reuniting Munni with her parents.