Siddharth: Flying high

After making his Kollywood debut with Shankar’s Boys (2003), followed by ace Mani Ratnam’s Aayudha Ezhuthu (2004), youth icon Siddharth went missing for a considerable gap from Kollywood. Instead, he concentrated more on Telugu and Hindi films and won rave reviews for his top performances in Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (remade in Tamil as Unnakkum Ennakkum Something Something), Rang De Basanti and Bommarillu.

Now, after a long gap, the actor is making a comeback in Kollywood with two films. Tamil audiences will see him first in the (yet-to-be-titled) Disney fantasy flick releasing in Jan 2011. Then we have 180, which is scheduled for a summer release.

“I think I’ll make it to the Guinness World Records for launching the most number of new directors. Veteran ad-maker Jayendra is my eighth debutant film director,” Siddharth said, referring to director Jayendra of 180 fame (Putham Pudhu Kaalai in Tamil).

While 180 is set for a summer 2011 release, Bava is expected to hit the marquee in September 2010. “In Bava I’m playing this village guy Palleturi Bava for the first time in my career. I’ve got this urban, candy floss, chocolate boy image, but for this film I learned the West Godavari (sing-song) accent so that the character sounds authentic.” Siddharth added.

Siddharth is also thrilled about the big-budget extravaganza Once Upon a Teardrop with Walt Disney, co-starring Shruti Haasan and Lakshmi Manchu. “I’ve been working on this film for almost a year and this is my first action film,” he said.

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