I am an escapist and can’t face real life, my work keeps me alive: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui has carved a niche for himself in the entertainment industry. The actor has delivered some of the most powerful performances over the years and gained a massive following. Owing to his talent and hard work over the years Siddiqui was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Netflix’s Serious Men at the 49th International Emmys 2021.

Nawazuddin recently shared his journey to Bollywood admitting it’s his work that keeps him alive. Sharing his tough journey, the actor revealed that he had to do odd jobs to make his ends meet. “My work is something that keeps me alive. I am made for this. That’s why I feel I am an escapist and can’t face real life. When I am shooting, I start feeling as if that world is real. In real life, I am a coward. When I am in my character, I can at least speak the truth through him. In real life, I can’t do that because a lot of things can happen,” quoted the actor.

Nawazuddin further added that he was a watchman when he first came to Mumbai and also worked as a chemist when he was in Baroda, Gujarat. “In Delhi, when I was doing theatre, I did odd jobs because of money problems,” Nawaz said. 

The actor comes from a very small village and eventually moved to a big city so the life experience that he got in between is something he often goes back to while playing a character.



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