Hailing from a small town of Budhana UP, Siddiqui was a boy with dreams his family couldn’t afford. After graduation, he started working as a chemist but it was just as his heart always longed to become an actor. He soon moved to Delhi and attended National School of Drama and worked nights as watchman as he was short on money to survive.
Moving to Mumbai was a dream come true but not completely. Walking from set to set and studio to studio, Nawazuddin managed to land only petty roles. He did many films before his talent was recognized in Peepli Live where he played a journalist. During the struggling days, Siddiqui felt like running back to his hometown but the fear of his friends laughing at him made him try harder to show how success comes by never giving up.