Business magnate Vijay Mallya maybe his dad, but Sid is attempting to make a career in completely different field — acting. As he reportedly signs two big-ticket projects that he “can’t talk about as yet”, Mallya junior — who turns 27 on Wednesday — opens up about friends in India, his dad and how he “would not be able to relate to the role (as a Bollywood hero)”.
* Do you think you can be a hero in a Bollywood film?
I wouldn’t be able to do justice to it. It wouldn’t be fair to ask Indian audience to go and watch me because I won’t be able to give them what they want. I don’t think I would be able to relate (to the role).
* If you had stuck to business, do you think you would have been as good as your father?
My dad always said that he outdid his father and his hope is that I outdo him — whatever the field.
* Were you ever interested in business?
I did give it a go and, honestly, I didn’t enjoy it. I moved on. As Steve Jobs (the late founder of Apple) said, ‘If you don’t love what you do, you’re not going to go the extra mile.’
* But you have been trained to do business, right?
I studied business at Queen Mary, University of London. I also worked in the UK for a year, and the guy who headed my division had a degree in classics. That’s when I thought studying business is a waste of time. I regret it.
* Do you think the time is right for Indians to try their luck in Hollywood after Freida Pinto and Kunal Nayyar’s success?
Kunal plays a stereotypical Indian (in The Big Bang Theory), which I refuse to do. American audiences may like that, but it’s not what I want to do. Also, I don’t look like a stereotypical Indian.
* Do you have friends in Bollywood? Do you take their advice?
Not really. There are a few people whom I am friendly with. But none of them are like best friends whom I can call for advice.