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Nawazuddin Siddiqui: My father never felt I could make it big


On Father’s Day, the versatile actor remembers his father Nawabuddin Siddiqui.

Mayur Lookhar

An artiste’s struggle is not just his. Family plays an important role. For most middle-class and lower middle-class families, acting is not a wise career option.  

Many aspiring actors have had to nix their dream for the sake of their families. Nawazuddin Siddiqui had to struggle a lot to come up in his career. His father late Nawabuddin Siddiqui didn’t let poverty come in the way of his son’s dreams. While he approved of his son’s dream, Siddiqui senior was not confident that Nawazuddin could make it big.

“My father never had any hopes from me. He never thought that I’d be successful or end up working in films. He passed away three years ago. Till his final years, he never felt that I could make it big. He felt I was shy, I couldn't communicate in front of everyone. Truth be told, I was an introvert," said Nawazuddin.

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If not you’re not blessed by good looks and don’t have a 'godfather' in Bollywood, then its doubly hard to get a foothold in the industry. The initial years were full of struggle.

Siddiqui has often spoken how he remained jobless for 12 years. Starting off from street plays to theatre, Nawazuddin also had to bide his time to shine in Hindi cinema. Often he played small blink-and-miss-roles, like in Black Friday (2007), Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007) to name a few.  His father was never a fan of these bit roles.

"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. Finally, when I got Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) where I've bashed a whole lot of people in the film, I went to my father and told him, 'why don’t you watch my film now?'”

While his father was never fully supportive of Nawazuddin's career choice, the actor knew how to take his dad into confidence.

“My father was a poor farmer. He couldn’t support me financially but he never interfered in what I did. He wasn’t educated so I could win over my father by telling him that I do this (acting) and that it could get money for the family. Probably, if he was educated then he would have asked me to become a doctor, engineer or take up a basic job,” Nawazuddin explained.

Nawabuddin is no more, but up in heaven he can be proud of the height that his son is reaching now. Nawazuddin will next be seen in Mom that hits the theatres on 7 July.