Who’s Siddharth, a superb Tamil actor or an argument king?

In 2022, everyone seems to be asking who is that this motor-mouthed, self-opinionated  Tamil actor,whose cocky tweet responding to badminton champ  Saina  Nehwal has landed him in a soup?

In  2006 everybody was asking, who’s that darkish brooding man in ‘Rang De Basanti’? Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra selected him to play the confused capitalist Karan Singhania due to his susceptible boyish appears to be like.

However again then, Siddharth had no intentions of shifting luggage and baggage to Mumbai to pursue a profession.

“Has Rang De Basanti been well-received?” he had requested me curiously, from down South. “I’m glad. All of us labored arduous on it, however specifically Rakeysh Mehra and Aamir Khan. I used to be with the challenge for simply six months. However they nurtured it collectively for 3 years.”

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Siddharth was sensible sufficient to grasp there wasn’t a clamour by filmmakers ready for him in Bollywood.

“However after all, I’m open to good gives. The one downside,” he revealed shyly after the discharge of ‘Rang De Basanti’, “is that I’m very choosy. In 5 years I’ve executed solely 5 movies. I like to decide on my roles rigorously. There’s no level in doing work that makes you sad. On the finish of the day, you’ve to look your self within the eye.”

Such …err… cocky conviction for an actor who, at that time of time, had been within the Tamil blockbuster ‘Boys’ (2003), and the Telugu hit, ‘Nuvvostanante Nenodannatana’ (2004). Siddharth was apparently being provided a charge near Rs 2 crore! However he wasn’t speaking about his worth, not to mention doing the avalanche of movies being provided to him.

In an interview he did with me in  2017, Siddharth declared, “It takes time to make movies that fulfill me on the stage I’m in. I’d relatively keep residence or do one thing else than go to work on one thing I don’t get pleasure from. Not getting higher work isn’t an excuse I can use any longer. I’ve labored on making issues occur that wouldn’t have occurred in any other case.” 

What prompted him to tackle ‘Rang De Basanti’- his first Hindi movie? “Curiously, I used to be truly steering away from industries aside from Telugu when Mehra’s workplace referred to as. I used to be very non-committal. They despatched me a sure script, and that’s when issues actually took off. The second I learn it, I knew this was not a movie to reject. In two days, I used to be part of ‘Rang De Basanti’. I used to be moved by the script, and felt Mehra was undoubtedly on to one thing.”

Wasn’t he   deterred by the truth that it was an ensemble piece, and the truth that Aamir would get centrestage?  “I can not probably clarify how thrilling it’s to listen to the phrase ensemble piece with respect to Indian cinema. Probably the most thrilling side of RDB on the script stage was this very ambitiously equanimous therapy of all of the protagonists. The explanation I believed it may very well be pulled off was that Aamir was part of it. Additionally, there is no such thing as a centrestage in RDB. It’s an enormous stage, and all of us get to run round, simply doing our personal factor! It at all times damage me when folks mentioned unfair, accusatory issues about Aamir and his perspective in direction of his coactors’ roles. RDB ought to go a good distance in rubbishing these foolish allegations. A person like Aamir actually doesn’t deserve them.”

What was the expertise of working with Rakeysh? Sid(as he’s referred to as by his mates) had replied,  “Mehra is on the reducing fringe of two crucial horizons. The primary is within the realm of heartfelt Indian storytelling. Mehra is Indian, interval. His meals, his humour, his nostalgia, all swim in hardcore India juice. That’s why the buddies in RDB leap out from the display screen and chunk you. They exist, throughout this large nation. The second space Mehra astonishes you in is his craft. He’s by far probably the most bold technical filmmaker in Indian cinema. In impact, he combines state-of-the-art movie wizardry with lorry artwork (Horn please, okay!). As Mehra would put it, ‘stuff like that’ .”

 At one time Siddharth was generally known as the Aamir of the South. Why such meagre quantity of labor? He had a solution for that too. “I’m a little bit of a paranoid actor. I began off as an assistant director to Mani Ratnam. The course was passionately my final dream. After I all of a sudden turned a display screen actor, I took a actuality verify, and promised myself to solely decide to work that fully excited me. It isn’t actually my fault that such tasks have been only a few in quantity additionally, I’m constructing a CV of significant standing. Mani Ratnam, Shankar, Prabhudeva, Rakeysh Mehra…these guys make going to work a lot enjoyable.I’m a Tamil. My faculty schooling was unfold over Delhi and Chennai. I did my B.Com (Hons) from KMC in Delhi Univ. I bought my MBA from the S.P. Jain Institute of Administration in Mumbai. Then got here the assistant director stint with Mani Ratnam for a few years. Appearing occurred by probability, and the remainder is a blur.”

 Didn’t  scarce work scare  him? “Surprisingly, scarce work is a very welcome proposition. No work is likely to be actually horrifying. I haven’t been there but. I need to be pleased with my movies. It’s a lot better to indicate your children 10 good movies, than to make excuses to them about why you made 20 dangerous ones. Once more, good and dangerous doesn’t mirror business success. I decide movies on how they justify my conviction in them. It’s massively gratifying after they do.”

Nevertheless  the  tall talks didn’t translate into  nice  gives  of alternatives in  Hindi cinema. Siddharth  dismissed Bollywood as unwelcoming.  “I’ve by no means put sufficient strain on myself in Hindi cinema for it to be a disappointment. It’s a handy scenario the place I get to return check a unique viewers with one thing fascinating each few years. There is no such thing as a expectation of my stardom in Hindi cinema. That could be a mixture of my outcomes there as an actor and the business’s nature of being unique and never significantly welcoming as a everlasting office.”

He  additionally expressed displeasure with the  sort of cinema which was changing into profitable in India. “Cinema shouldn’t be the issue. It’s the folks and the system that runs it that’s making it tough for movies to cross over and change into pan-Indian winners. There may be myopia, a cultural bias stemming from ignorance, and a lazy method to classifying every thing in particular templates that’s stopping filmmakers from simply making movies that every one audiences prefer to see. The most important hits in Indian cinema usually are not even remotely the perfect movies being made. That ought to make it clear who’s deciding what’s being seen. As an unbiased producer and an actor who believes in scripts over stardom, Baahubali has no affect on our lifestyle. It might have an effect on big-studio footage that get fuelled by its victory. It is a crucial movie, and must be revered for its success. It’s a fantastic achievement, however I don’t suppose it adjustments the dynamics too elaborately.

 About his   quite a few link-ups  within the  South and in  Mumbai Siddharth  had  quipped, “My mom says if rumours on my love life are to be believed, I am the most important Casanova ever. In 10 movies I have been linked with 10 heroines. I’ve even been married to a few them and had infants.Both I’m ‘aashiq mizaaz’ or not. I would relatively be as a result of the picture is sort of useful. I believe I have to take day off to seek out romance in my life. Proper now I see no probability to take day off.”

Other than performing, Siddharth is  a  singer as effectively. “I’ve sung two songs in Striker(his second  Hindi movie which   bombed)  .I’ve sung many No.1 singles in my south movies. So long as folks need to hear me sing I’ll.”

After  Rang De  Basanti  Siddharth purchased a house in Bandra in Mumbai. He supposed to shift base from Hyderabad to Mumbai for the following one 12 months to consolidate his place in Hindi cinema.”I will not have just one residence. I have been residing out of suitcases all my life. Now I will be residing out of larger suitcases referred to as residence. I will have completely different properties in numerous cities. However I will give my greatest shot to Hindi movies.Nevertheless, I can not transfer to Mumbai completely. I am an actor. I can not keep in a single place. And why ought to I?”

Siddharth dreamt of changing into a pan-India actor.”I believe we preserve speaking about cross-over cinema within the mistaken context. What about our cinema crossing over from one language and area to a different? There’re fabulous movies being made in each a part of the nation.I’ve this very cute dream of being a pan-Indian actor. Insha Allah, in 10 years I will have movies in numerous languages and I will be appreciated throughout the nation. We have to take a look at Indian cinema as one entity earlier than we take a look at world acceptance.”

Requested why actors from the south haven’t been profitable in Mumbai, Siddharth mentioned: “They’re two methods to reply that. The politically right is most south Indian actors have a fan base within the south and need not begin from scratch in Hindi cinema. After they gave me the perfect debut award for ‘Rang De Basanti’, I returned it with a really nasty scowl. Not honest. You may’t name me a debutant simply because I am working in a unique language. You may’t give Amitabh Bachchan the perfect debutant award if he does a movie in Bhojpuri. And in order for you a cockier reply as to why south Indian actors usually are not profitable in Hindi, not less than some south actors succeeded in Hindi. No Hindi actor has succeeded within the south. We within the south receives a commission as a lot cash as the fellows in Bollywood, if no more. If we guys have not made it right here, you guys have not made it there. Another factor… I’ve the ability to fee tasks down south, not right here. Both I am referred to as trustworthy or boastful. I am okay with each photos. My family and friends at all times clip my wings. Individuals like Karan Johar rag me about being bratty and unapproachable. However I am not unapproachable to these I need to be near.”

And now, so a few years later Siddharth has nearly no movies readily available (his final Telugu launch ‘Maha Samudram’ was a  flop) and is busy constructing a picture on social media as an anti-rightwinger.Better of luck with that. However keep in mind,an actor is just good at what he was born to do:  act.

(Disclaimer: The views of the author don’t symbolize the views of WION or ZMCL. Nor does WION or ZMCL endorse the views of the author.)

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