Nawazuddin Siddiqui was born on 19 May 1974 in Budhana, a small town in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh. He is the eldest of his eight siblings. There was no movie theatre in Budhana. To see a film Nawaz and his siblings had to travel to the nearest town, which was 45 kilometers away.
He got married to Anjali Siddiqui who stayed in his native village while he struggled to get acting jobs. They both stay together now and have a lovely daughter and son.
After his graduation, he worked as a chemist in a petrochemical company for a short while. Then, he moved to Delhi to work as a watchman.
He joined a theatre group and started watching plays, while working as a watchman at an office.
Siddiqui made his Bollywood debut in 1999, with a small role in Aamir Khan starrer, Sarfarosh.
He then appeared in several small roles in various movies like Ram Gopal Varma's Shool (1999), Jungle (2000), Rajkumar Hirani's Munnabhai MBBS (2003).
The actor was noticed for the first time in Kabir Khan’s New York where he played a Muslim man wrongly accused of terror activities. His on-camera monologue expressing his character’s torture and humiliation was so real because Nawaz was re-living his own 11-year struggle in Bollywood.
While kissing his co-star Niharika Singh in Miss Lovely Nawaz confessed he had never kissed a woman before, not even his wife. Nawaz also confessed that he enjoyed his belated first kiss.
Those close to Nawazuddin claim that he is a man of few words. He has not many friends. And he can sit without speaking for hours. He hates being recognized and mobbed and runs away when praised and complimented.
Nawazuddin’s dream role is that of Salim in Mughal-e-Azam.