I don’t need a godfather: Siddhanth Kapoor

  • Minakshi Saini Kathait, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 08, 2013 18:31 IST

He hit headlines in 2008, but for the wrong reasons, as he was held at a rave party in Mumbai. Now, actor Shakti Kapoor’s son, Siddhanth, is back in news for his debut release, Shootout At Wadala. The star kid reveals his journey from being a disc jockey to an assistant director with filmmaker Priyadarshan to finally making his debut with the May release. After much speculation that Salman Khan would be launching him, Siddhanth clarifies that he was never supposed to.

Age: 29
Education: Bachelors in Business
Interests: Music, food, travelling
Currently: Shooting for my second film Ugly, directed by Anurag Kashyap

Rapid Fire

Your favourite actor and actress: Aamir Khan and Vidya Balan.
Your favourite hindi and english film: Andaz Apna Apna, Snatch, and Shawshank Redemption.
Favourite food: Chinese
Favourite holiday destination: London
Car that you drive: BMW
Are you in a relationship: Yes

First Salman Khan and then Sanjay Dutt were planning to launch you, but things did not work out. Why?
Well Salman Bhai was never launching me. Sanju sir and Ashtavinayak were doing Satte pe Satta, but the project didn’t take off. So, Shootout at Wadala (SAW) is my first film.

Is Shootout At Wadala the perfect launch vehicle, keeping in mind the multi-star cast. Is there a fear of getting overshadowed?
I saw myself playing almost all the bad guys from Shootout At Lokhandwala, when I heard Sanjay Gupta sir is doing Shootout at Wadala. I rushed to his house and told him I want to be a part of it. He took me on board after meeting me a few times. Of course, it’s a great first film to be in, with such a huge cast. The whole set up is outstanding.

Did your father Shakti Kapoor’s alleged tiff with Salman created differences between you and the Dabangg star? Would you have preferred having Salman as your godfather in the industry?
My relations with Salman Bhai and his family are very good. I have immense respect for everybody in their family. I don’t need a godfather.

When did you decide to be an actor and jump into Bollywood?
It was always on my mind, coming from such a ‘filmy’ background. As time passed, I assisted Priyadarshan sir for 2 years, went to Lee Strasberg and the New York Film Academy, had all the experiences and realised that I’m born to act.

Good looks or talent, what works better in Bollywood?

Did you accompany you father to shoots or used his contacts to get here?
I did accompany him for shoots, but I got my first two films myself, not through anybody.

Did the police detain you at a rave party, which was busted at Juhu in 2008?
Yes, I was at that party, but wasn’t detained by the police, as my tests were negative.

As you are debuting with a negative role, do we see you becoming the quintessential bad boy of Bollywood?
I would do any role that excites me, with shades of grey, black, blue, white, orange, any. I wouldn’t try and fit into roles which aren’t meant for me.

How did you deal with your father Shakti Kapoor’s casting couch controversy?
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Meet the family
His father, Shakti Kapoor, has been active in the film industry for over three decades. Shakti, 54, is known for playing villainous roles in early stages of his career and later even tried his hand at comedy. Shakti married veteran actor Padmini Kolhapure’s elder sister Shivangi. The couple has two children, son Siddhanth who seeks advice from younger sister Shraddha who too joined Bollywood in 2010 with Teen Patti, starring Amitabh Bachchan.

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