The 47 year old actor has given some remarkable performances and is the only actor who has eight of his films officially selected and screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
He had acted in at least 10 plays with his friends in Dehradun to meet the criteria of getting admission to the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi. In an interview he revealed that he went on work in theatre for at least 4 years in New Delhi after getting training from NSD. He said he eventually realized he will not be able to make a living from theatre since there were no financial earnings working in Hindi theatre. He decided to go Mumbai thinking he was struggling either way then maybe he could make something of it in Mumbai. He said even though he came to Mumbai he did not dream work in the films and only hoped he would get something on TV.
When the interviewer asked when did he realize he was skilled at acting in theatre or television or movie in his career. Nawaz said he never realized he had that kind of talent. However, he recalled his times in the theatre and said they used to appreciate him. He revealed he did several comedy plays and he did it for so long that it was an easy task for him.
He said he never thought of himself as any special actor and felt he was just as good as his fellow actors.