Early Life

I grew up as an insightful child amidst a huge joint family of farmers with my nine siblings, seven brothers and two sisters in Budhana, a small town of Muzzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh. During my growing years, back in 1970s, there was no television. The only source of entertainment used to be the village carnivals and folk performances. I remember as a child, I was so deeply enchanted with the sheer energies of those performers that I always wanted to be like one of them. All the while my graduation in science from Gurukul Kangri University in Haridwar, I wanted to do something else, I wanted to explore myself. I joined The National School of Drama (NSD). After my Graduation, I headed towards the aim in my life; I had come to Mumbai (then BOMBAY) and experienced the longest and toughest struggle of my Life. My aim was only to try and find myself through the characters, through the films and through the theatres, I have been part of.


I am grateful to all the films that I had been a part of, for making me a person that I am today. Every character I have played, big or small has served as an important milestone for me to learn and grow.

Year Film Role Notes
2016 Raman Raghav 2.0 Raman Raghav Releasing on June 24, 2016
Raees ACP Ghulam Patel Filming
2015 Badlapur Liak Post-Production
2014 Miyan Kal Aana Producer Post-production
Ghoomketu Ghoomketu Post-production
Kick Shiv Gajra
2013 Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa Anwar Post-Production
Manjhi - The Mountain Man Dashrath Manjhi Post-Production
The Lunchbox Shaikh Screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Monsoon Shootout Shiva Screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Liar's Dice Nawazuddin Sundance Film Festival
Bombay Talkies Purandar Screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
2012 Miss Lovely Sonu Duggal Screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
Patang Chakku Screened at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival
Talaash Taimur Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Gangs of Wasseypur II Faizal Khan Lions Gold Awards 2012 - Lions Favorite Actor
Gangs of Wasseypur I Faizal Khan Lions Gold Awards 2012 - Lions Favorite Actor
Kahaani IB Officer A.Khan
2011 Dekh Indian Circus Jethu National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film)
2010 Peepli Live Rakesh Kapoor
2009 New York Zilgai
Firaaq Hanif
2003 Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Pickpocketer


Your Appreciation. Your Awards.

Year Award Film Category
2014 Chicago South Asian Film Festival - Outstanding Achievement Award
2013 Asia Pacfic Screen Award The Lunchbox Best Supporting Actor
2013 Filmfare Awards The Lunchbox Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2013 Renault Star Guild Awards The Lunchbox Best Actor In A Supporting Role
2012 Lions Gold Awards 2012 Gangs of Wasseypur Lions Favourite Actor
2012 GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012 For work done in 2012 Breakthrough Talent
2012 New York Indian Film Festival Dekh Indian Circus Award for Best Actor
2012 Asian Film Awards Talaash: The Answer Lies Within Best Supporting Actor
2012 Stardust Awards Gangs of Wasseypur Best Supporting Actor
2012 Screen Awards Talaash: The Answer Lies Within Best Supporting Actor
2012 Zee Cine Awards Talaash: The Answer Lies Within Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male
2012 National Film Awards Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur,Dekh Indian Circus Special Jury Award

International Appreciation of the Films

Award Film Category
Cannes Film Festival 2016 Raman Raghav 2.0 Screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival 2015 Miyan Kal Aana (Mister Come Tomorrow) Producer
Cannes Film Festival 2013 Bombay Talkies Special Screening
Monsoon Shootout Midnight Screenings
The Lunchbox International Critics’ Week- Won- Grand Raid’ Or - Viewers’ Choice Award
Cannes Film Festival 2012 Gangs of Wasseypur 2 Directors’ Fortnight
Gangs of Wasseypur Directors’ Fortnight
Miss Lovely Un Certain Regards
Sundance Film Festival The LunchBox Spotlight Section
Gangs of Wasseypur Spotlight Section
Peepli Live World Cinema Dramatic Competition
Liars’ Dice World Cinema Dramatic Competition
Berlin Film Festival Patang World Premier
Peepli Live Special Screening
London Film Festival The Lunchbox Nominated for Best Film Category
Gangs of Wasseypur, Bombay Talkies Closing Film
Monsoon Shootout Opening Film
Tribeca Film Festival Patang In Competition
83rd Academy Awards (Oscar) Peepli Live Nominated Academy Award for Best Foreign Film Category
Toronto International Film Festival The Lunchbox -
Gangs of Wasseypur -
Busan International Film Festival Dekh Indian Circus Audience Choice Award