Actors From Small Towns Who Made It Big In Bollywood Just Like Nawazuddin

Hailing from a small village in U.P., Ghoomketu aka Nawazuddin has some big dreams. In real life too, there are Bollywood actors like him.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in and as Ghoomketu, wants to make it big in Bollywood

Nawazuddin Siddiqui - Kangana Ranaut - Irrfan Khan - Ghoomketu
Nawazuddin Siddiqui - Kangana Ranaut - Irrfan Khan - Ghoomketu

India’s largest OTT platform, ZEE5 is all set to release its biggest direct-to-digital blockbuster original film, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in and as Ghoomketu, on May 22, 2020. The Pushpendra Nath Misra directorial, comedy-drama film, features veterans like Raghubir Yadav as Dadda, Anurag Kashyap as Inspector Badlani, Ila Arun as Santo bua, Swanand Kirkire as Guddan chacha, Brijendra Kala as Chief Editor Joshi, Ragini Khanna as Janki Devi and others. The story revolves around Ghoomketu, who runs away from his village, Mahona (Uttar Pradesh) to Mumbai with a dream to become a Bollywood writer. 

Resembling his character, Nawzauddin and many other actors, hailing from small towns fulfilled their dream and made it big in Bollywood. Have a look at some of the game-changers here:

1. Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui - Ghoomketu

In 1974, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was born to a zamindari Muslim family in Budhana, a small town (tehsil) in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh. He is the eldest of eight siblings. With the dream of becoming an actor, the Genuis actor went to the National School of Drama (NSD). After graduating, he moved to Mumbai in 1999. Making his debut in the Aamir Khan film Sarfarosh, the National Film Award-winning actor, has starred in over 60 films and web series. He has also won 10 International Awards for his incredible craft.

2. Kangana Ranaut

Kangana in Judgementall Hai Kya still
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Shot to fame with her debut film Gangster, actress Kangana Ranaut grew up in a joint Rajput family in Bhambla (now Surajpur), a small town in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. She rebelled against her family who wanted her to become a doctor. Instead, she relocated to Mumbai to pursue a career in films and enrolled herself for an acting course in Asha Chandra’s drama school. She is the recipient of National Film Awards for Fashion (2008), Queen (2014), Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015). In 2020, Kangana is awarded the Padma Shri (fourth highest civilian award) by the Government of India, for her contribution to performing arts.

3. Irrfan Khan

A tribute to Irrfan Khan
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Spending his childhood in Tonk and then Jaipur, the late, Irrfan Khan was born in a Muslim family, of Pathan ancestry in Rajasthan. In 1984, he joined the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi, to study acting. Soon after his graduation, he was offered a role in Mira Nair’s critically acclaimed Salaam Bombay (1988). However, his scenes were cut and he went on to act in television shows like Chandrakanta, Bharat Ek Khoj, Banegi Apni Baat, etc. His notable works are Madaari, Karwaan, Angrezi Medium and others. Sadly, the Hindi film industry lost its finest and versatile gem on April 29, 2020.

4. Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Priyanka Chopra Jonas
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Born to doctors (physicians) in the Indian Army, Priyanka Chopra Jonas hails from Jamshedpur in Bihar (present-day Jharkhand). She was crowned Miss World 2000, after her mother entered her into the Femina Miss India contest. In 2003, she made her Bollywood film debut, opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta in The Hero: Love Story of a Spy. Her notable works are Barfi! (2012) and Mary Kom (2014). She has won a National Film Award for Fashion (2008) and a Filmfare Award for Aitraaz (2004). She was honoured with the Padma Shri (fourth highest civilian award) in 2016, for her contribution to arts by the Government of India.

5. Pankaj Tripathi

Pankaj Tripathi - Irrfan Khan - Ghoomketu

Veteran actor and theatre thespian Pankaj Tripathi moved to Mumbai in 2004, after National School of Drama (NSD). He belongs to Belsand, Barauli Bihar, a village in Gopalganj district, Bihar. He is the youngest of four children, and worked as a farmer, until he was in the 11th standard at school. In 2012, he made his breakthrough with Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur. His notable works are The Tashkent Files (2019), Nil Battey Sannata (2016). He has won the Zee Cine Award for Best Dialogue in Stree (2019) and a Special Mention at the National Film Awards for Newton (2017).

6. Manoj Bajpayee

Manoj Bajpayee - Ghoomketu

In a small village called Belwa, near the town of Narkatiaganj in West Champaran (Bihar), critically acclaimed actor, Manoj Bajpayee was born in 1969. He is the second child among five other siblings, and is named after yesteryear actor Manoj Kumar. At 17, he moved to Delhi and applied at the National School of Drama (NSD), but got rejected three times. When he applied for the fourth time, he was offered a teaching position instead. In 1998, he shot to fame with his unconventional role of Bhiku Mhatre, in the film Satya, for which he won the National Film Award. Having done over 70 films in Bollywood since 1994, Manoj’s notable works are Aligarh (2016), Naam Shabana (2017) and others.

Stay tuned for Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s dark comedy film Ghoomketu’s world digital premiere on May 22, 2020, only on ZEE5.

Till then, you can watch a glimpse of the actor’s unconventional performance in Babumoshai Bandookbaaz here:

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