Nawazuddin Siddiqui was born in May 19, 1974 in Budhana Village of Muzaffarnagar, UP, in a Zamindari Muslim family. He was the eldest son among his 8 siblings. After several under ranked performances in early professional life, he finally honored with Special Jury Award at National Film Awards 2012. He graduated with B.Sc. in Chemistry at Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar. After graduation, he worked in Vadodara as a chemist for a year before moving to Delhi for a new job. After watching a play, he was quickly drawn in acting. He acted in 10 plays with some friends to get entry at National School of Drama, New Delhi.