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Nawazuddin Siddiqui on his struggles: I went from being a watchman to becoming the ‘watch me’ man


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Everyone in Bollywood is not born with a silver spoon. There are many celebs who have struggled a lot in the early phase of their careers and with their hard work and dedication, they are successful actors today. The perfect example of this is none other than Nawazuddin Siddiqui who has done many jobs that we can’t even think of doing. From selling coriander to being a watchman, he has done all kinds of jobs for survival. His inspiring story is published on the social media page ‘Humans of Bombay’.

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His post starts with, “I grew up in a small town in UP. I come from a family of farm workers; we were 11 people–my parents & my 9 siblings. I was the oldest, so it fell upon me to take care of them.”

While describing his journey in Mumbai, he said, “I did odd jobs–as a watchman, or a coriander seller. I went for a 100 auditions & took every role I got, no matter how small. It took 12 years to get a ‘breakthrough’.”

Ending the post, he wrote, “I went from being a watchman to becoming the ‘watch me’ man & I’m nowhere near being done, so keep watching–I’m here to stay!”

Here’s his full post.

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“I grew up in a small town in UP. I come from a family of farm workers; we were 11 people–my parents & my 9 siblings. I was the oldest, so it fell upon me to take care of them. I made them follow a time table & do their homework. If they were mischievous I’d shout at them–of course, I was the naughtiest! In fact during Diwali, my friends & I would steal diyas! Our family would watch Ram Leela together–my first encounter with acting. My friend played Ram & seeing him left me starstruck! I imagined playing the role myself! After college, I worked in Baroda. There, I watched a play for the first time & the thought of being an actor became a dream. So I went where everybody with a dream of acting goes–Bombay. My parents, who were uneducated, supported me. They said I could do anything as long as I worked hard. My first impression of Bombay was how fast it was. It took me a month to get used to the pace of life–I thought I’d never be able to match up! But slowly I joined the rat race. I wasn’t well off. I’d borrow money from friends, saying I’d return it in 2 days. Two days later, I’d borrow money from someone else and pay the first person back. I lived in a flat with 4 people–it was about survival. But my family had my back. They told me to not give up! My mom didn’t have a mobile, so she’d send me letters & they got me through some really tough times. She’d tell me not to worry & remind me that I was only human & doing my best. So that’s what I did. I did odd jobs–as a watchman, or a coriander seller. I went for a 100 auditions & took every role I got, no matter how small. It took 12 years to get a ‘breakthrough’. It wasn’t easy–the struggle wasn’t beautiful, it was just a struggle. But I did it. I went from a tiny role in Munnabhai to winning a Filmfare for Lunchbox. I went from being unrecognised in Sarfarosh to being known as Ganesh Gaitonde across the nation. I went from being a watchman to becoming the ‘watch me’ man & I’m nowhere near being done, so keep watching–I’m here to stay!” —- HoB with the makers of #PhotographMovie bring to you the story of Nawazuddin Siddiqui; an ordinary man with an extraordinary journey.

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From starting his career as a junior artist to brushing shoulders with the top stars, Nawaz has achieved lots of fame and accolades for his path-breaking roles. Today, he is one of the finest actors we have in Bollywood with movies like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Haraamkhor’, ‘Manjhi: The Mountain Man’ and ‘Manto’ among others.

Isn’t his story inspiring? Do let us know your views.

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