It is said that, who started work from the very low point, the day will come when they will cross everyone and reach at the top. For this reason Nawazuddin Siddiqui, a day was there when no one was aware about this actor but now a days he is a megastar of big ticket Bollywood films and getting back to back movie offers. He has written his autobiography “An Ordinary Life”, in collaboration with journalist Rituparna Chatterjee.
An Ordinary Life says everything about India’s most exciting and acclaimed actors, from his childhood in Budhana, in Uttar Pradesh, to his training at the National School of Drama, Delhi; from working as a chemist’s assistant at his uncle’s shop, to being a security guard in Delhi, to the many years of struggle in Mumbai, spent in despair and desperation, as he tried to get roles in an industry that had little room for a dark-skinned, small-built man from the heartland.
In his book he has also written about the popular Odia actor Manoj Mishra. Manoj has also tried his luck in the Bollywood industry and at that time Mr. Mishra was senior to Nawazuddin.
He has written, when I was struggling to get an entry ticket to Bollywood that time I was very weak and was not getting food to eat. It was another of those afternoon in Mumbai that I spent roaming under the scorching sun. This time I was waiting below the building where my senior Manoj Mishra resided. He was working in tv, so would probably have some money. I was hoping he could give me an udhari of Rs100 or so. That time he was having only Rs100 and gave me Rs50. He had work but had not been paid. Just like I had not been paid for school inspite of multiple trips to the production offices, begging them for what was my due right (Finally they offered me a meal instead of my payment, which my starving belly had greatfully accepted. ). Manoj also advised kindly, to go back my home town. After sometime I fainted and Manoj sprinkled the water and gave me to drink. After that I walked to get my work.
On the work front, Nawazuddin Siddiqui appeared in Munna Michael along with Tiger Shroff. Another one is Babumoshai Bandookbaaz and after that, he would also be seen in Nandita Das directorial, Manto.