Nawazuddin Siddiqui has broken many stereotypes and created a niche for himself in the Indian film industry. He has earned international acclaim for his various path-breaking roles in Indie and Bollywood movies alike. Being one of the most successful actors of today, it is to nobody’s surprise his movies are screened at various international film festivals. Let’s look at some of the best movies Nawazuddin Siddiqui has starred in that received international acclaim.
1. Gangs of Wasseypur 1 & 2 (2012)
We’ve all watched the Gangs of Wasseypur duology and appreciated the works of many fine actors which made it one of the best crime-drama movies of all time. Nawazuddin who was a supporting actor in the first movie played the lead in the sequel. Critics were all praises for Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s portrayal of Faizal Khan in both the movies and since then there has been no looking back for the actor. In total, the film managed to bag 13 awards in the national and international circuit.
2. Patang (2012)
The first feature film actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui starred in, Patang was the movie that would set the tone of his career. The film that debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival is the story of a man who comes back to his hometown after several years to attend a kite festival and must now face the very people he had severed ties with years ago.
3. Miss Lovely (2012)
Miss Lovely premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Not as well-known or acclaimed as some of the other titles on this list, this film still managed to strengthen Siddiqui’s footing on the international stage. It is the story of two brothers that produce ‘C’ grade movies during the 1980s Mumbai.
4. Monsoon Shootout
The film is about the choices that we make and the prices that each of those choices carries. It was co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and was released to positive reviews in the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. However, it was in 2017 that the film saw a worldwide release.
5. Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016)
The film premiered at various International Film Festivals in 2016 and was a moderate commercial success upon its release. The film directed by Anurag Kashyap is a neo-noir thriller, a cat and mouse chase between a cop and a serial killer. Can you guess which role Siddiqui has portrayed?
6. The Lunchbox (2013)
The Lunchbox starring two acting powerhouses of Bollywood, Nawazuddin and Irrfan, was a critical as well as a commercial hit. It managed to win numerous national and international awards. Nawazuddin Siddiqui won the Filmfare Award for best supporting actor for The Lunchbox.
7. Lion (2016)
Lion made splashes across the globe for its screenplay and Dev Patel’s acting. Though Siddiqui had a far lesser screen time than other actors, he managed to steal the spotlight nonetheless.
8. Manto (2018)
Starring in the biography of author and writer Saadat Hasan Manto, earned Nawazuddin Siddiqui the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for best performance. The film also received seven nominations at Filmfare Awards.