Friday, 16 August 2013

Star Portrait-Siddharth

Siddharth Suryanarayanan is well known as Siddharth is an actor, playback singer and screenplay writer. After his business management studies, Siddharth chose to work in film making and worked as assistant director before making debut in the Tamil movie Boys. In the subsequent years, he worked in many Telugu, Hindi and Tamil movie. Siddharth was born as on April 17, 1979 in Chennai.

He studied at DAV Boy's Senior Secondary School, Chennai and Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Delhi. He got his B. Com (Honors) degree from Kirori Mal College, New Delhi. Siddharth was popularly known as "Sidy" in school and college, and was part of the reputed theatre group of the college The Players. He was also president of the college's debating society and attended the World Debating Championships and stood 2nd in Asia. He completed his MBA in 2001 from S.P Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai.

He was exceptionally bright in his speaking skills, which ultimately led him to win CNBC Manager of the year award in 1999. He was married to his childhood Sweetheart Meghna on the 3rd of November 2003. He divorced her in 2006. He has had relationship with Soha Ali Khan, Shruti Hassan and Samantha.

Film career:

Siddharth has stated that direction was his "ultimate dream". After finishing his education Siddharth

landed the role of assistant director for Mani Ratnam's “Kannathil Muthamittal”. The script writer of

that film, Sujatha was insistent that Siddharth auditioned for S. Shankar's Boys which would feature

five debutant actors. After consulting with Mani Ratnam, he met Shankar auditioned and got the role of Munna in the film “Boys”. The film was a moderate success in Tamil but the dubbed version in Telugu gave Siddharth an opening in the Telugu film industry. Siddharth then appeared in another

Tamil film, Mani Ratnam's “Aayutha Ezhuthu” in 2004, after which he would shift focus and

concentrate on Telugu-language projects.

His first direct Telugu project, “Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana” released in early 2005. The comedy-drama film, marking the directorial debut of choreographer-turned-actor Prabhu Deva, became a commercial blockbuster as well as a critical success with Siddharth winning his first Filmfare Best Actor Award. He subsequently, also ventured into the writing forum as well as the singing forum as he wrote the screenplay for his next Telugu film “Chukkallo Chandrudu” in 2006 directed by Siva Kumar and sang as a playback singer.

He next debuted in Bollywood as part of the critically acclaimed blockbuster “Rang De Basanti” which also starred Aamir Khan. Siddharth received the Star Screen Debut Award for his role as Karan “Singhania” in the film. Siddharth's final release of 2006 was “Bommarillu”, which received critical acclaim and garnered box office success. He worked with director Vishal Bhardwaj and Oscar winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro on a short film titled “Blood Brothers” which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival as part of Mira Nair's AIDS Jaago project Siddharth. After the above average grossing "Aata" in 2008.

Siddharth took a sabbatical and did not have a release for 20 months. In 2009” Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam” directed by debutant Dolly Kishore opposite Tamanna received good response from the critics and the audiences.He also made a guest appearance in the 2008 movie “Yuvatha”.  Siddharth played the lead role in debutant director Anand Ranga's “Oy!”, which achieved box office success despite mixed reviews. His first release of 2010 was “Striker”, his second Bollywood venture that portrayed the life of a carom player. It became the first Indian film to be released in theatres and on YouTube on the same day.

 His other release that year was the Telugu film “Baava”, His first release of 2011, Prakash Kovelmundi's fantasy epic “Anaganaga O Dheerudu” was produced by veteran K. Raghavendra Rao.

He was next seen in the Tamil-Telugu bilingual “180” by Jayendra, which performed poorly at the box office. His third release of the year was “Oh My Friend”, directed by debutant Venu Sriram, which opened to mixed reviews but went on to garner positive response. In 2012, Siddharth first starred in the bilingual romantic comedy “Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi” in Tamil and as “Love Failure” in  Telugu based on the same-titled short film by Balaji Mohan, which fetched critical acclaim. He has signed up a Tamil film to be directed by an associate director of Vetrimaaran.

 Siddharth started his production house ‘Etaki Entertainment’ in 2012. His first production venture

was the bilingual project, “Love Failure” in Telugu and as “Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi” in


 As Assistant Director:

2002-Kannathil Muthamittal-Tamil

 As Story & Screen play Writer:

2006-Chukkallo Chandrudu-Telugu

 As Playback Singer:

 2006- Chukkallo Chandrudu -Telugu- Everybody,- Edhalo Epudo

 2006 -Bommarillu -Telugu -Appudo Ippudo

 2007- Aata -Telugu- Ninu Choostunte

 2008 -Santosh Subramaniam- Tamil -Adada Adada (Remake of his song Appudo Ippudo)

 2009 -Oy! -Telugu -Oy Oy

 2010-Baava-Telugu- Baava Baava

 As Album Producer:


 Awards and Honours

 In 2003 he won ITFA Best New Actor Award for “Boys”

 In 2005 he won Film fare Best Telugu Actor Award for “Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana”

 In 2006 he won Star Screen Best Male Debut for “Rang De Basanti”

 In 2006 he was nominated for Film fare Best Supporting Actor Award for “Rang De Basanti”

 In 2006 he was nominated for Film fare Best Telugu Actor Award for “Bommarillu”

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