As we celebrate the talented actor’s birthday, we have made a list of Nawazuddin Siddiqui characters that left a mark among movie lovers.

Indian cinema, without any doubt, has an array of actors who have portrayed characters that have been able to make an impact among the audiences. Audiences have started loving and admiring more of quality acting, courtesy of all the incredible actors that the industry has produced over the years. And Nawazuddin Siddiqui joins in not by force but by default. Nawaz is one of the few actors who effortlessly grab the audience’s attention and get them hooked to the screen. There is no better Easter egg that knowing that he plays a part in a movie, no matter how small the role is. Some of the most incredible characters of the Indian cinema belong to him. A critics favourite, Nawaz has grown as an actor to the level that the timing of his slightest smirk can leave the audiences applauding. In other words, it’s just impossible for anyone to not appreciate all the Nawazuddin Siddiqui characters that we have seen over the years.

Take a look at some of the most impressive Nawazuddin Siddiqui characters:

Shyam Tekchand, Haraamkhor

The best part about Nawaz is that he doesn’t have to or wish to push a lot of his character’s essence on to the audiences. His gestures and portrayal are enough for the audience to understand the character. Shyam Tekchand from Haraamkhor is just another example of Nawaz’s characters that made us love cinema. He wore the skin of Shyam’s character to perfections and brought to life the imperfections and flaws of a common man.

Dashrath Manjhi, Manjhi – The Mountain Man

The tale of a shandar, zabardast, zindabad man who did the unthinkable and single-handedly carved out a way between a mountain. While the story hit us all, Nawaz’s portrayal of the character just took us by storm and as usual won our hearts.

Raman Raghav, Raman Raghav 2.0

What we expect of Nawaz, he manages to surpass. Raman Raghavan was one such character performance by Nawaz that left us with chills and respect for him as an actor. The scene of him being locked up in a room, shouting at the world outside crying his needs is an art and depiction of excellence as an actor.

Ganesh Gaitonde, Sacred Games

There is only one God, and we would not mind worshipping him. In the most intriguing and engaging way possible, Gaitonde took us through a joy ride unfolding each mystery in the most Nawaz way possible. He may be on the moon, but this character shines like one of the biggest stars in Nawaz’s career.

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Faizal Khan, Gangs of Wasseypur

Even with all the blood and guns in his hands, Faizal managed to capture a special place in our hearts. His local gangster charm captivated us while his revenge became our favourite kind of echo.

Saadat Hasan Manto, Manto

A true representation of his talents, Nawaz proved that he is an actor who can take up any role and give his best to it. Going opposite to his gangster and don characters, Nawaz portrayed the famous writer/poet with finesse in all his shades giving us another favourite character.

Shaikh, The Lunchbox

The positive soul who taught us that simplicity and subtle performance has its own magic. The movie was definitely about the exceptional actor Irrfan Khan, but Nawaz managed to leave his mark with his honest performance adding to the excellence of the movie.

Happy Birthday, Nawazuddin! Thank you for all the amazing characters.