Nawazuddin Siddiqui (born 19 May 1974) is an Indian film actor who has appeared in some of Bollywood's major films including, Black Friday (2004), New York (2009), Peepli Live (2010), Kahani (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 (2012), Manjhi (2013) and Talaash (2012). After a period of unnoticed performances in his early career, he appeared in four major films of 2012 – Kahaani (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 (2012) and Talaash (2012), all of which earned him wide critical reception and many Awards including Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male both for his role as Taimur in Talaash: The Answer Lies Within as well as Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gangs of Wasseypur.
Siddiqui became a household name in 2012, when his acting career reached a high point, "Gangs of Wasseypur 2 " was the most Important film for Nawazuddin, which gave him a stardom and respect among fellow film artists.His first lead role in a feature film was in Prashant Bhargava's Patang, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, for which Nawazuddin's performance has been praised by world renowned film critic Roger Ebert (awarding the film 4/4 stars), a role which 'transformed his acting style'. He has collaborated with the critically acclaimed director Anurag Kashyap on multiple occasions.
He was awarded the Special Jury Award at the 60th National Film Awards 2012, for his work in films, Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus and Talaash.