Siddhanth Kapoor: I’m happy playing character roles in films, never aspired to be the hero

Siddhanth Kapoor

Be it in 'Shootout At Wadala', 'Ugly', 'Haseena Parkar', or his yet-to-be-released 'Bombairiya', actor Siddhanth Kapoor says that he isn’t really someone who vies for the lead space in a film. The actor started his journey in Bollywood as an assistant director in films like 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa' and 'Chup Chup Ke', and if there’s one thing that his behind-the-camera experience has taught him, it is that “being a hero in the film is not important, playing a character is.” ‘Working behind the camera helped me gain practical knowledge of filmmaking’ Siddhanth, who was recently in Delhi along with the cast of 'Bombairiya' to attend a film festival, told us how his experience as an assistant director has helped him become a better actor. “Working behind the camera has helped me gain practical knowledge of filmmaking. I always wanted to be an actor, but I believe that to be one, one should also have an understanding of filmmaking. The only way one can get that is by being on the set. My experience as an assistant director not just helped me in getting a thorough understanding of small aspects of filmmaking, but also gave me confidence as an actor to be myself and add my own inputs to the script, whenever necessary,” says Siddhanth.

‘Every second film that is successful today works because of its characters’

The actor has learnt to choose his films on the basis of the characters he gets to play. “I never thought of being a part of a commercial, a masala flick, a lead hero, or anything like that. I believe this is the time for playing characters. Every second film that is successful today works because of its characters. Even actors are now aware of this – be it Ranbir Kapoor in 'Sanju' or Ayushmann Khurrana in 'Andhadhun' – everyone is focussing on interesting characters. I choose my characters and subjects carefully, as I want to do challenging stuff, and not do things that everyone else is doing. I think of cinema in a very different way. I have followed a lot of world cinema and have always wanted to create an impact through the character that I am playing. I am happy with the feedback I have been getting on my work so far,” says the actor.

‘My father has done around 800 films and all forms of characters, there is so much to learn from him’ Siddhanth, who has learned a lot about acting from his father Shakti Kapoor, says, “Both Shraddha and I have learned from him how to be a hard-working actor. My father has done around 800 films and all forms of characters, there is nothing that he hasn’t done. There is still so much to learn from him. I like the way he plays his negative characters. If there is one thing I would like to learn from him is his hard work and dedication towards every character. He used to do three to four films at one time and play different characters. I don’t know how he did it, as we all can only manage to do one or two films at the same time. I have got this liking for playing negative roles from him but I would like to play something like Saif Ali Khan’s role in 'Omkara', or Vivek Oberoi’s role in Company,” adds Siddhanth. ‘Have spent my childhood in Rajendra Nagar and Defence Colony in Delhi’

From going on long drives in Delhi to visiting India Gate and having chuski, Siddhanth has some fond memories of visiting his grandparents’ home in Rajendra Nagar. “Since my father is from Delhi, our vacations during my childhood were spent here. I would often go out with my cousins for a drive around Delhi and we would have chuski at India Gate. Sometimes, we would go out simply to have paan. Driving in Delhi used to be a lot of fun back then,” says Siddhanth, adding that they also had a house in Defence Colony. “I have seen a lot of Delhi, but nothing like Old Delhi. I would love to have an experience of shooting there. I like that place for its old world charm,” he adds.


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