By Shama Bhagat
Being on the sets of Shah Rukh Khan
“Success has not been easy. I was a bad student when I came to Mumbai. I had auditioned for a film with Anubhav Sinha and abruptly shifted to Mumbai. Fortunately, we were paid for our stay and food. We were being trained for the film and unfortunately it did not work out. Anubhav Sinha informed us that someone else would be directing the film. I opted out and was jobless for some time. I didn’t want to go back to Delhi and model there as I was done with it. I didn’t want to become a model here too. I started speaking to my friends who were ADs. The best option was to turn an AD myself. I survived on photo-shoots and commercials. My family also helped me which gave me confidence. I started assisting on various shoots. In the meantime, Anubhav Sinha started RA.One . I used to take care of backdrops and give claps. Being an AD is a high-end service. It was my training ground,” Siddharth says candidly.
“I learnt quite a few things from him (Shah Rukh). He used to talk to me since I was from Delhi. What I learnt from Shah Rukh was to make use of the props on the sets. He improvises a lot and is a spontaneous and alert actor. He always acts in a certain way because he instinctively knows how the scene will appear on screen.”
Why Siddharth couldn’t woo a girl in his college days
“Every girl is different and there are different ways to woo them. I once tried wooing a girl with roses during Valentines Day. I didn’t know which color to choose and I bought white ones thinking they were fresh. But the girl threw them back at me saying it was the wrong colour,” reveals Siddharth with his trademark smirk.
“In college, we’d try to find out the names of all the girls and then go up to them and greet them and if they smiled we considered that she was charmed.”
“It is different now, working with Phantom Productions. I am on the sets on time and putting in more efforts. Since Vinil Mathew was new he did a lot of rehearsals and workshop with us. Whereas Karan has already done so many films and he is confident of his work. He knows exactly what he wants on the sets. Just as Mohit Suri whose film I am doing next. He has a great deal of experience but we improvised a lot on the sets. I hope I get appreciation as I am keen to prove my capabilities,” he adds.
Why Alia and Parineeti are like chalk and cheese
Drawing comparisons between the two he says, “Alia is very comfortable and funny. She had very little to do in Student of The Year. She will prove herself in Highway and I am sure she is going to spring a few surprises on you. Parineeti has high energy levels and it’s good to match up with. I think Parineeti’s laughter is the most infectious one as she laughs from her heart. Whenever she laughs, it has to be a thunderous one making us all laugh. We enjoyed her company especially when we were all travelling by car. She thinks I am a serious person which I am not. We were comfortable with each other as we both are Punjabi’s and great foodies.”
“In Hasee Toh Phasee I have a different look. I have used hair extensions for my role. In The Villain I will be playing a character with dark shades. It’s an intense love story and emotional driven film with lots of action. It’s dramatic too. I have coloured my hair and sport a beard. I am putting on weight too to look older.”
Why Ranbir Kapoor is his only competition
When quizzed about it Siddharth clarifies, “I was given a list of name amongst whom I had to name a competitor. Varun, Arjun and me started off on the same platform so there is no one else but Ranbir Kappor.”
“We are so busy that we do not get time to develop our relationship. But when we are alone and have some time to yourself it makes you realize how important relationships are. It may not necessarily be a romantic relationship but someone whom you can spend time with. I had my share of relationships in school and college. My earlier relationship was a long distance one so it didn’t work out. Now I have no time for love.”
“She has to have a sense of humor and be able to discuss on various topics. I don’t know if I will find all those qualities.”
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