Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will come out with a memoir this October, which will be a story of his struggle, of hope, of relentless persistence and the desire to dream.
“An Ordinary Life: A Memoir”, which chronicles the life of Nawaz whose meteoric rise in the Hindi film industry as a critically acclaimed actor is what dreams are made of, will hit the stands on October 27.
The memoir has been co-authored by journalist and writer Rituparna Chatterjee, read a statement.
As a young man from small-town Budhana in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, he moved to Delhi to try his luck at theatre. And the rest is history.
A versatile performer with a strong grounding in theatre, he surprises audiences with every role he plays – from Officer Khan in Kahaani, Faizal Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur and Shaikh in The Lunchbox to Liak in Badlapur, Chand Nawab in Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Dasrath Manjhi in Manjhi, the publishers said.
“However, the journey to fame and fortune was far from easy for the actor who went from being a manager at a petrochemical factory in Haridwar to a watchman in Delhi. This memoir is a celebration of his life,” Penguin India said.
“The book chronicles my life till now. My father was a farmer and I left my village to pursue my dream of acting. I get asked about my background, family and my struggle a lot. To answer these questions, we began writing the book a while ago and now we’re planning to publish it in two months,” Nawazuddin said in the statement.
“My village folks and my family have contributed to my journey make for a portion in the book. My theatre and training days are also part of the autobiography,” he added.
An alumnus of the National School of Drama, Nawazuddin has proven his mettle with his acting prowess in films like Black Friday, Peepli Live, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Manjhi – The Mountain Man and Haraamkhor.
Nawazuddin continues, “The contribution of my parents and my village in helping me become what I am today has been immense, and makes for a major chunk of the book. Also, my theater days have been beautifully chronicled. I think there’s a lot of masala in there for people to read.”