When Nawazuddin Siddiqui's father asked him not to return home
Mumbai : There was a time when Nawazuddin Siddiqui was nothing less than an embarrassment for his family, with his father suggesting him not to return home.
In his earlier phase of career, he featured in blink and miss roles like a pickpocketer in Munnabhai MBBS(2003), a terror suspect in Sarfarosh (1999) and many others like Black Friday (2007) and Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007).
Sharing his story with an entertainment portal, he said, "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. Neighbours 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."
And finally after his luck shined and he got a lead role in Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur, he went up to his father and asked him to watch the movie. Surprisingly, his father did not disapprove the proposal.
Nawazuddin had once shared how he would borrow money to make ends meet during his initial days in Mumbai. He had told said in a post on Humans of Bombay Instagram account, “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.”