Nawazuddin Siddiqui On Feeling Insecure Due To Dark Complexion: 'Used To Apply A Lot Of Creams...'

Nawazuddin Siddiqui recalled his initial days in Bollywood and revealed how he used to be insecure about his dark complexion.


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Nawazuddin Siddiqui On Feeling Insecure Due To Dark Complexion: 'Used To Apply A Lot Of Creams...'

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the most talented actors in Bollywood. An alumni of the prestigious National School Of Drama, he made his debut in the year 1999, when he bagged a small role in Aamir Khan’s film, Sarfarosh. However, his breakthrough performance came about with films like Kahaani, Gangs Of Wasseypur, Dev D, Maanjhi-The Mountain Man, Raman Raghav 2.0 among so many others.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui recalls being insecure about his dark complexion during the early days of career

In a recent interaction with Bollywood Bubble, Nawazuddin Siddiqui shared how for a significant time in his career, he didn’t consider himself a good-looking actor, leading him to feel insecure and underconfident. Adding how he too was convinced to become a prey of fairness creams as the solution, Nawaz mentioned:

“I was insecure in my early days because of the colour of my skin. I used to apply a lot of creams but nothing changed. Later, I realised it is what it is. I believed for a long time that I am not a good looking guy. But when I went out then I realised that I am okay, my face is fine. It is very important to be confident about the way you look. The insecurity that comes in usually comes in from other people.”

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Nawazuddin reveals his take on being considered an unconventional actor from the rest

In the same interview, Nawazuddin Siddiqui spoke about being considered an unconventional actor amongst his other contemporaries. In retrospect, he added that it took him a few years to establish himself as an actor in the first place, and highlighted how it has been the people themselves who have set such a distinguishing factor. In his words:

“It took me 10-12 years to prove that I am an actor. But that distinction [of conventional vs unconventional looks] will always stay because people have a certain perception and image in their mind. But that is the struggle and it will always be there.”


When Nawaz recalled being rejected by a girl from his village, due to his television additcion

In an earlier candid interaction with Brut India, Nawazuddin Siddiqui had recalled an anecdote from his humble beginnings in a small town in Uttar Pradesh and added how once a girl from his village rejected him because he was a television addict and had no time to talk to her. In the end, Nawaz recalled challenging the girl that he would succeed one day and appear on the television itself.

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When Nawazuddin spoke up about the initial struggles in his career

In an earlier interview with Bollywood Bubble, Nawazuddin Siddiqui had opened up about the initial days of his career and highlighted the various struggles he went through. Revealing how difficult it was for him to convince his family about having a career in films, he mentioned:

“Of Course bahut difficult tha pehele toh shuruvat toh humari gharse hogayi thi, jab mene bola ki mein actor banna chahata hu toh ghar se bolna shuru kardiya ki bhai apni shakal toh dekhle.”


What do you think about Nawazuddin’s revelations?

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