1 . Tehmur’ in Talaash
Even though Aamir Khan is part of Talaash movie Nawazuddin Siddiqui came into the spotlight by playing a superb side role.
2- ‘Layak’ in Badlapur
In Badlapur Nawazuddin Siddiqui has played the role of a bank robber in such a brilliant way that it shifts your attention on him from anyone else in the movie.
3- ‘Gopi’ in Paan Singh Tomar
In Paan Singh Tomar movie Nawazuddin played the role of fellow baggi with Irrfan Khan. What more could we ask for? Two legends together
4- ‘Sonu’ in Miss Lovely
Miss Lovely showed the working of Indian Porn Industry. Nawazuddin Siddqui played Sonu, a self destructive youth in this film. The film took him to Cannes Film Festival.
5- ‘Shaikh’ in The Lunchbox
Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays Irrfan Khan’s lazy colleague but the relation nurtures with time turns into friendship. Another exemplary performance.
6- ‘Rakesh’ in Peepli Live
Another incomparable performance by Nawazuddin Siddiqui was in Peepli Live. This was one of his finest performances in a lead role.
7-‘ Purandar’ in Bombay Talkies
One of the most hatke role of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s career was in Dibakar Banerji’s short film in ‘Bombay Talkies’.
8- ‘Hanif’ in Firaaq
In this movie Nawazuddin Siddiqui portrayed the role of a middle class Muslim man seeking revenge for his destroyed house. This was one of his most emotional role.
9- ‘Faizal Khan’ in Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 & 2
After Gangs of Wasseypur people started talking about Nawazuddin Siddiqui. This film had take him to the centrestage and gave India its first lanky, lungi clad, chappal wearing lead hero who limped around in his terrace escaping the bullets of the villian’s henchmen.
10-‘ A. Khan’ in Kahaani
Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Kahaani’ is remembered mostly for Vidya Balan’s performance but people also rave about Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s sharp performance as the investigating officer who is rude and uptight.