Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Father Asked Him To Not Come Home Due To His Embarrassed Roles

Ankita Chetana |Apr 10, 2020

The actor once spilled the beans that his father felt disappointed at his blink-and-miss roles when he just stepped into Bollywood for some years.

From a farmer who struggled with his dream to a much sought after actor in B-town, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has inspired us with a story of feathering his own nest. He spent 12 years of acting with talent and determination to get to lead role and now he can show pride to his father.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin Siddiqui used to be discriminated by his father

In the first years of his acting career, the actor bagged all the roles coming his way, even a tiny one. He played blink-and-miss roles in some films including the 1999 film Sarfarosh as a terror, the 2003 film Munna Bhai MBBS as a pickpocketer, Black Friday in 2007, and the same year's film Ek Chalis Ki Last Local.

During an interview with Cinestaan, Nawazuddin unveiled how his father was disappointed at his acting choice. He shared:

"My father used to get upset when I did small roles. He used to say 'why do you do these small roles where you get bashed up. Please don't come here, it's embarrassing for the family. Neighbors say that your son is getting hammered'. He felt I was beaten for real, but he was fine upon learning that it's only drama. He asked me to stop doing such roles."

When the actor received a lead role in the film Gangs of Wasseypur directed by Anurag Kashyap, he came to ask his father if why he didn't watch his film. On the other hand, his father didn't disapprove of Nawazuddin's acting option anymore.

In his initial period in Mumbai, the actor had to borrow money to make ends meet. Nawazuddin told:

"I would borrow money from my friends, saying I'd return them in 2 days. Two days later I would borrow money from someone else and pay the first person back. I lived in a flat with four other people - it was about survival. I worked odd jobs - sometimes as a watchman, sometimes selling coriander. I even held acting workshops! I must have gone for a 100 auditions and took up every single role that came my way, no matter how small it was. It took 12 years before I got a 'breakthrough'. It wasn't easy - the struggle was not beautiful, it was just that; a struggle."

He further shared that he once stole diyas from his village with his friends in Diwali. The actor is the eldest of his family's nine siblings.


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