Nawazuddin Siddiqui, an Actor with 8 Films that Made it to Cannes

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, an artist who has set standards for real acting

Bollywood is known for its tendency to idolize beauty standards for all essentially through the kind of actors they choose for their films. And for the longest time, it had actors who can catch eyeballs through their looks. But in contemporary times, a paradigm shift can surely be seen in how it is switching to pick realistic characters and a huge credit for the same goes to none other than Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a National School of Drama graduate. Siddiqui made his feature film debut opposite director Prashant Bhargava in the Patang and is internationally acclaimed for his roles in Black Friday (2007), the Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), and Raman Raghav 2.0, all of which he co-wrote with director Anurag Kashyap.

And the best part of his career has been that he is the only actor in the world to have 8 films as an official selection for the Cannes Film Festival, one of the most reputed film festivals in the world. So, let’s look at his 8 films that have made it to Cannes.

Gangs of Wasseypur

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Well, this film has a special place in every cinephile’s heart and surely one of the best performances of Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Faizal Khan, the son of Sardar Khan is an epic character the world can never forget.


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A co-star to another legendary actor, Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the role of Shaikh, a junior to Irrfan Khan. As the film flows, he is the one who shines as a character leading the lead of the film, Irrfan Khan.

Miss Lovely

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One of the lesser-known works of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Miss Lovely is a drama film by Ashim Ahluwalia and set in the criminal depths of Mumbai’s C-grade industry.

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Monsoon Shootout

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This film is one of the most anticipating performances of Nawaz. It is not the first time when he happens to be a criminal but the story of this film makes him so special as a criminal as it shows four ways of how a crime can be treated and a criminal will behave. And Nawazuddin Siddiqui is that Criminal.

Raman Raghvan 2.0

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Another film where Nawazuddin Siddiqui has given an astounding performance with the character of a psychotic criminal is in the film Raman Raghvan 2.0. The film was directed by Anurag Kashyap.


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This role is perhaps the one that redefines Nawazuddin Siddiqui and adds more layers to his versatility. A film by Nandita Das, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing Saadat Hasan Manto.

Miyan Kal Aana (2015)

This is a short film produced by Nawazuddin Siddiqui directed by Nawab Siddiqui. In the film, he has also played a small role of the protagonist’s brother as well.

Bombay Talkies

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An anthology by multiple directors, Bombay Talkies made it to Cannes. Nawazuddin Siddiqui was the part directed by Dibaker Banarjee, which was inspired by the very famous story of Satyajit Ray, Patol Babu.

So, this was the trivia to Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s films that made it to Cannes and many more are yet to come. With this, we would like to wish the actor, a safe and happy birthday.

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Ishika Aggarwal

Can write, shoot, listen, talk and procrastinate. A feminist at heart, Ishika is an avid writer and multimedia person who loves talking about women, realism, and society. When not working she is either seen watching films or making one.
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