Last year, film-maker Karan Johar was so impressed by TV actor Sidharth Shukla, who was a participant on the reality show he was judging, that he signed the TV star for a three-film deal. Sidharth tells us about his “surreal” Bollywood debut in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya (HSKD), and his popularity due to TV.
Were you already looking at films when you got the break?
Of course. It was on my mind even when I took up TV. Acting doesn’t come naturally to me, as I come from a family of bankers. I didn’t have a guide or friend in the industry when I started acting. I did modelling, after which acting happened. On TV, I got a chance to work, learn and make money and get a fan following at the same time. Films are the next step for me.
Do you think your looks got you the film role?
I wouldn’t know… (pauses), maybe. I am sure somewhere I fit the role, which is why I was cast. The idea of me starring in a Karan Johar film is surreal. He saw me on the show and was impressed. Also, I think it was more about being at the right place at the right time.
Apparently, more fans came to the shoots to watch you than the lead actor, Varun Dhawan. Is that true?
I don’t think so. Everyone has their own fan following. People were screaming Varun’s, Alia’s (Bhatt) and my name, and it is always good to be appreciated. The reach of TV is tremendous, so when people realised I was shooting, they turned up to watch.
Apparently, your next film with Karan will have you as the solo lead.
When the time is right, you will know about it.
Sidharth Shukla with his choreographer Sonia on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.