Hyderabad: Outspoken and rebellious he may seem off screen, actor Siddharth would let his Twitter handle do all the talking. Whether it is taking politicians head-on with his tweet, or commenting about his past relationships (cheaters never prosper), Siddharth would sum up everything with a single one-liner — “I have been the same rebel since childhood.”
The actor is in Hyderabad to promote his much-awaited film ‘Maha Samudram’ which he calls a “blockbuster”.
“Whenever I introduce myself to the press in Mumbai, I would say I am a Telugu star. And this would pinch my family and fans back home in Chennai. And they protest. The Telugu film industry here has given me the best phase of film career since ‘Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana’, ‘Bommarillu’, ‘Aata’ ‘Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam’ followed by many other flicks. I have been longing to make a comeback in Telugu. I know how special it is for my fans and to me,” he says.
Siddharth is all praise for director Ajay Bhupathi. “The movie shows how creative a filmmaker Ajay is and as an individual and his approach to the making. ‘RX 100’ is a very extraordinary film and technically brilliant. He didn’t sound like a rookie filmmaker when he narrated the script of ‘Maha Samudram’. His imaginative thinking can be attributed to those filmmakers like Subhash Ghai who delivered classics in the 80s and 90s,” he says.
Siddharth is careful about giving away any spoilers about the story. “It’s a love story. You will see my ‘nata vishwaroopam’ against the adjectives that my fans tag me after all these years,” he laughs.
He is pragmatic about being away from the Telugu silver screen for eight years. “I went into an exploration of sorts. In the gap, I have been doing films in Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil. I’ve planned what to do for the next 20 years. I think I attained some maturity. Of course, I had a hit in every language I worked in. I missed Telugu audiences. This industry has made me a star,” adding that he is a lifetime member of the Movie Artistes Association (MAA).
When asked to comment on the ongoing MAA elections, Siddharth said he wouldn’t comment on it because he doesn’t support either of contestants in fray. “I follow everything, whether it is mainstream politics or MAA elections. As a member of MAA, I will be here to vote on the polling day.” Asked about his possible reunion onscreen with actor Genelia D’Souza and filmmaker Bhasker, the actor said he is here to restart everything, however, Covid-19 played spoilsport.