Someone has rightly said, “A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” People who have been struggling since years might have started to believe that these quotes look good only in books and they completely suck in real life as they hold no relevance. Well, if you hold such thoughts, you are wrong. Because for those who have patience and faith, these quotes do have some relevance.
Becoming a Bollywood celebrity is an easy thing to dream of, but actually becoming one requires a lot more patience, determination and hard work. One such determination was shown by Nawazuddin Siddiqui whose story will inspire you to the core.
Born to a family of farmers in a small village named Budhana near Muzzafarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, Nawazzudin dared to dream a lot more bigger than his family could afford. He was raised along with his 6 brothers and 2 sisters. The lower middle class status of his family deprived him of a better education.
In an interview, he once told that his village knew only 3 things- Wheat, Sugarcane and Guns. The unsafe atmosphere of the village made them to move out to live a safer life.
After doing his Bsc in Chemistry from Gurukul Kangri Vishvidyalya, Haridwar, he started working as a chemist at a petrochemical company in Vadodara. Unsatisfied with the job, he moved to Delhi in search of a better opportunity. However, he was unable to find a good job, which forced him to work as a watchman at various places.
In the mean time, he started visiting theatres and also participated in plays. After realizing his talent and potential, he decided to join National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi. After graduating from NSD in 1996, he moved to Mumbai to try his luck in Bollywood. At that time, he did not have a roof under his head because he didn’t have enough savings to pay rent. Therefore, he approached one of his NSD seniors if he could stay at his place in Goregaon. His senior agreed on the condition that Nawazzudin will have to cook his meals twice a day.
He used to walk from studio to studio to give auditions for petty roles. But he was just another face in the crowd who dreamt of becoming a star.
Nawazuddin describes himself ‘Kaala-Kaluta’ who doesn’t have a good physique and looks required to become an actor. He does not have six packs upon which the girls can fall for, or a fair and handsome face on which the girls would crush.
After a non-stop struggle, Nawazzudin got a break in Aamir Khan’s Sarfarosh in 1999. He played just a 30 second role of a terrorist in his debut movie.
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However, he was still a victim of poverty who struggled to get roles even for Rs 1,000. He searched for small roles in movies, short films and TV serials too.
Later, in 2007, he got a big break in Anurag Kashyap’s movie- ‘Black Friday‘. After that he got his first major lead role in ‘Patang‘ wher he played as a wedding singer. The movie made it Berlin International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival where he was recognised as a talented actor.
Year 2012 was a turning point of his life. He got major role ‘Kahaani’. And his outstanding performance in ‘Gangs of Wasseypur‘ brought him into limelight. His movies did extremely well on box office. And then he never looked back. Talaash, Badlapur, Kick, Raees, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Lunchbox and many others– People started to love his performance on screen.
He feels satisfied now. All his hard work paid off. In an Interview with DNA India, he told that his friends and family did not believe in him . He said, “It’s a sense of satisfaction because I proved all of them wrong. All of them said ‘kya hero banega (how will he become a hero)’ when I set out. When I go back now they say ‘isne toh karke dikhaya (he has done it)’. I made it possible.”
People believe that money and fame makes you forget your roots and moral duties. But Nawazzudin has broken this notion too. He is trying hard to raise his kids by nurturing them with moral duties towards society, thus making them humble and sensitive human beings. Recently his kids were seen cleaning up the Versova Beach of Mumbai. The kids are among 2000 volunteers of the Versova Beach Cleaning Programme in which they have cleaned 160 tonnes of garbage and planted 500 trees.
Life was not a bed of roses for him; but a scary bush of cactus. It took him 12 long years to achieve his dreams. The only thing that distinguishes him from rest of us is the fact that he never gave up on his dreams. He says, “So many times I felt I was wasting my time because things were just not working out. But I couldn’t even go back. What would I do there? Spent all my life acting and I don’t know any other work. Also, I was afraid my friends would tease me. Arrey hero banne gaya tha, wapas laut aaya (he had gone to become an actor and has returned with nothing).”
He was recently trending on several social media sites, after he disclosed his DNA results. It was his sincere attempt to give an important message to people at large.
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