Nawazuddin worked as a chemist before making it big: 31 Bollywood stars and their tales of struggle

May 19, 2018, 17:30 IST
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui was born in a small town in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. After graduation, Siddiqui worked as a chemist in Vadodara for a year, before leaving for Delhi in search of a new job. He was drawn to acting and secured admission at the National School of Drama (NSD) in Delhi. After graduating from NSD, he moved to Mumbai to pursue his acting career. Though he bagged a small role in Aamir Khan starrer 'Sarfarosh' in 1999, he never set foot into Bollywood until 2007. Between 2002-05, he was largely out of work, and lived in a flat he shared with four others and survived by conducting occasional acting workshops. He hung out at film studios and shootings but only got stereotypical roles. In 2004, which was one of the worst years of his struggle, he couldn't pay rent and 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. His big breakthrough came with Anurag Kashyap's 'Black Friday' (2007), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. In 2009, his role of a journalist in Anusha Rizvi's Peepli Live (2010)got him wide recognition as an actor and he never looked back

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui had revealed earlier that before courting success in Bollywood he had no money or a place to stay when he arrived in Mumbai. Behind most successful people, there are inspirational stories of how these rich and famous ones have overcome hardships. On Nawaz's birthday, we bring you his inspiring story and other celebs from the world of Bollywood

 

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