Siddharth Wants To Show His Romantic Side
After his intense performances in “Rang De Basanti” and “Striker”, Siddharth now wants to show his romantic side to the audiences up north.
He says, “Yeah, my next Hindi film will be a romantic film. Audiences in Mumbai haven't seen what I do down south. After seeing my ads for a cellphone company, Hindi filmmakers have woken up to my lighter romantic side.” The maker of Siddharth’s cellphone ads is Chandan Arora, who also made "Striker". Siddharth revealed, "He's a huge fan of my south Indian films."
When asked to comment on his link ups with his co stars, he said, “My mother says if rumours on my love life are to be believed, I'm the biggest Casanova ever. In 10 films I've been linked with 10 heroines. I've even been married to a couple of them and had babies. Either I am 'aashiq mizaaz' or not. I'd rather be because the image is quite helpful. I think I need to take time off to find romance in my life. Right now I see no chance to take time off."
We all knew about his acting skills but little did we know that the actor sings as well. Siddharth says, "I've sung two songs in 'Striker'. I've sung many No.1 singles in my south films.” The multi talented actor has lent his voice in Striker’s “Bombay Bombay” and “Haq Se”, his telugu film Bommarillu’s “Appudo Ipudo” and its Tamil version Santosh Subramanium’s “Adada Adada”. He adds, “As long as people want to hear me sing I will."
The actor has also bought a house in Bandra and may shift his base from Hyderabad to Mumbai to strengthen his position in Bollywood. The actor already has a couple of houses in different cities across the country. He says, "I won't have only one home. I've been living out of suitcases all my life. Now I'll be living out of bigger suitcases called home. I'll have different homes in different cities. But I'll give my best shot to Hindi films."However, I can't move to Mumbai permanently. I'm an actor. I cannot stay in one place. And why should I?"
Siddharth has dreams of becoming a pan-India actor. He says, "I think we keep talking about cross-over cinema in the wrong context. What about our cinema crossing over from one language and region to another? There're fabulous films being made in every part of the country. I've this very cute dream of being a pan-Indian actor. Insha Allah, in 10 years I'll have films in different languages and I'll be appreciated across the country. We need to look at Indian cinema as one entity before we look at global acceptance."
When asked why actors from the south have not been successful in Bollywood, Siddharth said, "There're two ways to answer that. The politically correct is most south Indian actors have a fan base in the south and don't need to start from scratch in Hindi cinema. And if you want a cockier answer as to why south Indian actors are not successful in Hindi, at least some south actors succeeded in Hindi. No Hindi actor has succeeded in the south. We in south get paid as much money as the guys in Bollywood, if not more. If we guys haven't made it here, you guys haven't made it there. "One more thing... I've the power to commission projects down south, not here."
Commenting on his being considered a new comer with his first Hindi movie, he said, "When they gave me the best debut award for 'Rang De Basanti', I returned it with a very nasty scowl. Not fair. You can't call me a debutant just because I'm working in a different language. You can't give Amitabh Bachchan the best debutant award if he does a film in Bhojpuri.”
About his image within the industry he says, "Either I'm called honest or arrogant. I'm okay with both images. My friends and family always clip my wings. People like Karan Johar rag me about being bratty and unapproachable. But I'm not unapproachable to those I want to be close to.”