Birthdate: 17th of April, 1979
1) Siddharth had been an active member in his college’s famous theatre group called ‘The Players’. Apart from this, he had been the president of the debating society of his college, as a result of which he had attended several World Deba)ting Championships.
2) In the year 1999, he won the CNBC Manager of the year award thanks to his exceptional speaking skills.
3) In 2012, Siddharth established a production house by the name of ‘Etaki Entertainment’. The production house’s first venture was the bilingual flick called ‘KadhalilSodhappuvadhuYeppadi’ (in Tamil) (or ‘Love Failure’ in Telegu).
Biography: Siddharth, the South Indian actor, producer and playback singer was born on the 17th of April, 1979 in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India. He pursued his education from the prestigious DAV Boys’ Senior Secondary School situated in Chennai, as well as from the Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in Delhi. He completed his B.Com graduation degree from the renowned Kirori Mal College of New Delhi. In the year 2001, Siddharth completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research located in the metropolitan city of Mumbai.
He began his career in the industry as an assistant director to Mani Ratnam in his 2002 Tamil drama film ‘KannathilMuthamittal’, starring P. S. Keerthana, Madhavan, Simran, Prakash Raj, Nandita Das, J. D. Chakrvarthy and Pasupathy. The script writer of this particular film, Sujhata insisted Siddharth to audition for S. Shankar’s 2003 Tamil flick called ‘Boys’ which would be featuring 5 newcomers. Soon enough after auditioning Shankar gave him a role in this film. The Tamil version of this movie did moderately well at the theatres. It was the Telegu dubbed version of this film that brought Siddharth into the limelight. Next up in 2004, Siddharth made his appearance in another Mani Ratnam flick called ‘AayuthaEzhuthu’, following which he shifted his focus to Telegu film projects. His very first Telegu film was the film called ‘NuvvostananteNenoddantana’ (2005), directed by Prabhu Deva. This was Prabhu Deva’s very first film as a director and this film received positive reviews and was quite successful at the theatres.Siddharth won the prestigious Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telegu) for his performance in this film. Following ‘NuvvostananteNenoddantana’, Siddharth entered the domain of writing and singing as well. In the 2006 Siva Kumar directed Telegu film titled ‘ChukkalloChandrudu’, he wrote the film’s screenplay and he also sang as a playback singer in this film.
His first debut Bollywood flick was the Amir Khan starrer, ‘Rang De Basanti’ (2006) directed by RakeyshOmprakashMehra. He received the prestigious Star Screen Debut Award for his portrayal of the character of Karan Singhania in this film. That year his last release was the Bhaskar directed Telegu romantic comedy ‘Bommarillu’, starring Siddharth Narayan himself along with Genelia D’Souza, Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao and Jayasudha. Next up, he joined hands with Indian director Vishal Bhardwaj as well as with Guillermo Navarro, the Oscar award winning cinematographer, in a short movie called ‘Blood Brothers’. ‘Blood Brothers’ was first shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in the year 2007. This film was premiered as a part of Mira Nair’s AIDS Jaago project.
In 2007 he appeared in ‘Aata’ directed by V. N. Aditya and after this he took a 20 month break from acting. He made a comeback in the year 2009 with the Telegu flick titled ‘KonchemIshtamKonchemKashtam’ directed by Kishore Kumar Pardasani. Here he appeared opposite actress Tamannah and his performance was well received with positive reviews from the critics and the audience. Next up he starred in AnandRanga’s first film ‘Oy!’, starring Siddharth, Shamili, Ali and Sunil.Inspite of receiving mixed reviews, this film was a big success at the box office.
‘Striker’ (2010) directed by Chandan Arora was Siddharth’s second venture in Bollywood which depicted a carom player’s life. ‘Striker’ was the first film in India to be released jointly at the theatres as well as on Youtube on the very same day.That year he also released ‘Baava’, directed by Rambabu and starring Siddharth along with Praneetha, Brahmanandam and Nazar.
In the year 2011, he appeared in the Prakash Kovelmundi directed fantasy epic, titled ‘Anaganaga O Dheerudu’. This film which was produced by K. Raghavendra Rao had Siddharth, ShrutiHaasan, Harshita and Lakshmi Manchu in the star cast. Next up, same year he appeared in Jayendra’s romantic drama called ‘180’ which was simultaneously shot in both Telegu and Tamil languages. ‘Oh My Friend’ directed by VenuSriram was Siddharth’sthird and last film to be released in 2011. This film received mixed reviews but in spite of that it went on to get a positive response from the audience.
The following year in 2012, Siddharth starred in ‘KadhalilSodhappuvadhuYeppadi’ (in Tamil) (or ‘Love Failure’ in Telegu), directed by Balaji Mohan and starring Siddharth and Amala Paul in the lead roles.
Some of his filmography includes ‘Boys’, NuvvostananteNenoddantana’, ‘AayuthaEzhuthu’, ‘ChukkalloChandrudu’, ‘Bommarillu’, ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Aata’, ‘KonchemIshtamKonchemKashtam’, ‘Oy!’, ‘Striker’, ‘Baava’, ‘180’, ‘Anaganaga O Dheerudu’, ‘Nootrenbadhu’, ‘KadhalilSodhappuvadhuYeppadi’, ‘Oh My Friend’, ‘Midnight’s Chicken’, ‘Love Failure’, ‘Jabardasth’, Udhayam NH4’, ‘ChashmeBaddoor’, ‘Baadshah’, ‘TheeyaVelaiSeiyyanumKumaru’ and ‘KaaviyaThalaivan’.
In the year 2012, Siddharth had produced two films namely ‘KadhalilSodhappuvadhuYeppadi’ and ‘Love Failure’.
As a playback singer he worked in films like ‘ChukkalloChandrudu’, ‘Bommarillu’, ‘Aata’, ‘Santosh Subramaniam’, ‘Oy!’, ‘Striker’, ‘Baava’, ‘Oh My Friend’, ‘KadhalilSodhapuvadhuEppadi’ and ‘Love Failure’.