NL Interview: Siddharth on Rang De Basanti, activism, and how he chooses his films

NL Interview: Siddharth on Rang De Basanti, activism, and how he chooses his films

Newslaundry hosts the actor for NL Recess.

ByNL Team
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Siddharth is an actor, playback singer, and screenplay writer. He works predominantly in the Tamil cinema, but also in Telugu, Malayalam, and Bollywood films. He’s also an outspoken critic of the incumbent political establishment.

In this conversation with Abhinandan Sekhri, he talks about his career in the film industry, what motivated him to be an actor, writer, and director. He always remembers all those who helped him along his career, he says. “Success has many fathers and it's very easy to forget who did what during the making of Rang De Basanti and I'm really glad that I have approached my career and my work in a way that I remember every day as if it was yesterday and I learned so much on that film,” he adds.

Siddharth discusses his films Kaaviya Thalaivan and Striker which he says he liked doing the most because they were made with integrity, passion and honesty.

He says when he reads movie scripts he keeps in mind the viewpoint of the audience and then makes a decision. He says, “I am being selfish to learn something new from the material or the process of the film.” He also explains how successful films have taught him much less than the failures.

Text by Stuti Bafna.

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