He is not one of conventional Bollywood actors who would run around the trees and sing songs but Nawazuddin Siddiqui has broken the stereotype and carved a niche for his own in a big way.
If you look at him in real, you would easily pass him by thinking he is a regular man, but he is a powerhouse of talent. You can easily see that in his choice of films be it 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'The Lunchbox', 'Talaash' among others.
His amazing acting talent has made his looks secondary. People now know him by his talent and call his looks 'unconventional'. He has created a space of his own which no one can encroach, which proves he has a long way to go.
He has managed to garner a huge fan following not only on Indian but also on international platform. He performs so realistically that it doesn't seem like he is acting.
Nawazuddin's story is very inspiring. He comes from a small village, where he spent his childhood far away from the glitz and glamour of the showbiz world.
He worked as a chemist only to realize that destiny had some other plans for him. He got himself enrolled in National School of Drama, Delhi to pursue an acting course.
In Bollywood, he got his first break through Anurag Kashyap with a blink-and-miss role in 'Black Friday' but like it is said - talent never goes unnoticed.
Ever since 'Gangs of Wasseypur' and 'Miss Lovely' was screened on Cannes International Film Festival, Nawazuddin's popularity reached another level. However, before that nobody really cared who he was.
Many fashion designers refused to give him their clothes for Cannes International Film Festival as a result he had to get his suit stitched himself. And now the same designers are happily approaching him and styling him themselves.
Nawazuddin also made it to the cover of popular international magazine GQ. Filmmakers are now thronging his doorstep with offers to cast him in their films.