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In pictures: Bollywood stars and their tales of struggle

Did you know Nawazuddin Siddiqui didn't have money to pay rent in Mumbai? Behind most successful people, there are inspirational stories of overcoming hardships. On his 42nd birthday, we bring you some from the world of Bollywood

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    Nawazuddin Siddiqui was born in a small town in Muzaffarnagar. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Following this, he worked as a chemist in Vadodara for a year, before leaving for Delhi in search for a new job. Once in Delhi, he secured admission at National School of Drama. After graduating from NSD, he moved to Mumbai. In 2004, which was one of the worst years of his struggle, he couldn't pay any rent. He asked an NSD senior if he could stay with him. The senior allowed him to share his apartment in Goregaon if he was willing to cook meals for him. Nawazuddin made his Bollywood debut in 1999, with a small role in Aamir Khan starrer, 'Sarfarosh'. He hung out at film studios and shootings but only got stereotypical roles. He shared screen along with Sunil Dutt and Sanjay Dutt in 'Munnabhai MBBS' in the opening scenes where he tries to pick the pocket of Sunil Dutt. Between 2002–05, he was largely out of work, and lived in a flat he shared with four other people, and survived by conducting occasional acting workshops. His appearance in Anurag Kashyap's 'Black Friday' (2007) paved way for other powerful roles

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