Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the most versatile actors win Bollywood today. The actor started his Bollywood career in the year 1999, with a small role in the Aamir Khan starrer Sarfarosh, till then he has been successfully making his mark in the entertainment industry.
Moreover, less is known about the struggling days of Nawaz as anyone would like to know if he would also share his tough and troubled times as an actor and how he was depressed and used to struggle for getting a proper meal, and felt like he was about to die. Speaking to Hindustan Times, the actor said, “I always had a hardworking and fighting spirit. I don’t think that I am bigger than them. I had the same intentions as theirs. I didn’t dream of becoming a star. The only motive was to earn for having proper food. It continued for 10 years. I use to work and went to my friend’s place for supper. There were difficult times but we were happy even then. But I also felt depression during those times due to lack of work. Depression and frustration start when you dream big.”
The actor further said that there were multiple times when he would not eat for hours due to the stress. “Since I wasn’t getting a proper diet, I went weak, started to loose hair, and even get tired after paddling 2 kilometers. I started to feel like am going to be dead. Since I remain outside to have a closer look at the surroundings, unsure about how many days left of my life.”
“Success doesn’t guarantee happiness. If your a pessimist then a whole world cannot make you happy”, the actor concluded.
The debate on depression has reinvigorated after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was reportedly suffering from depression. The 34-year-old actor was found dead at his sixth-floor apartment in Bandra (West). While the police have confirmed that after the suicide, no ‘note’ was found from his residence.
SSR’s colleagues and friends from the film and television industry have been expressing their shock and sorrow over his death on social media. Right from television to Bollywood celebrities, everyone condoled his demise. On June 15, Kriti Sanon, Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Vivek Oberoi, and Varun Sharma paid their respects at his last rites that were held at Vile Parle’s Pawan Hans crematorium. Before Nawazuddin, Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s sister had shared a heart-wrenching social media post that shared her plight of fighting depression.
Actor Ronit Roy also spoke in an interview about how he was depressed and took to alcohol to fight his inner panic. The actor, right with his debut in 1992, Jaan Tere Naam, delivered a silver jubilee film at the box-office, and despite that, he barely had any work. He poured his heart out on what possibly went wrong post the staggering success of his first film.
Veteran actress Deepti Naval also looked back on her struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts in the early 1990s. She took her social media handle to share the story of her struggle through a lyrical lines she penned for paying a tribute to Sushant.