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‘I’d refuse Delhi 6, again for Striker'

Actor Siddharth, who has already worked with Mani Ratnam, Shankar and Prabhudeva disappeared from the scenes of Hindi cinema. Read on as he comes out of hibernation to discuss his new game plan.

entertainment Updated: Feb 03, 2010 19:19 IST
Hiren Kotwani

Where did you disappear after

Rang De Basanti

?


I’ve been around. There were lots of offers but I turned them all down. A film like

Rang De Basanti

happens once in a lifetime and the expectations it raised made it imperative that I follow up with the right film. After four years, I’m returning with

Striker

, a solo-hero film. That will showcase my potential as an actor.



Still, a four-year break when you could have consolidated your position in Hindi cinema?

I had commitments in Hyderabad where I had to consolidate my position as a Telugu star. Now that I have found my niche there, I’m eager to return to Hindi films. (Smiles) And I promise I won’t disappear again, not even for four months.



You better not…Out of sight is out of mind here?

I don’t believe that. Even today, you only have to mention

Rang De Basanti

and Siddharth pops into your mind instantly.


In the last nine years I’ve done only 10 movies of which just one flopped. I have a good track record even though I’ve never done more than one film a year. But one

Rang De

is not enough to make me a big star here. I need a good second film to establish myself.


I’ve put a lot into

Striker

. It’s an author-backed role that spans 20 years in a man’s life. I’ve even produced and sung two songs.


But director Chandan Arora is hardly a big name. I’d seen Chandan’s second film,

Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh

, and knew he would make a fabulous film when I read this script. For me,

Striker

is like Rahul Rawail’s

Arjun

was for Sunny Deol. I’ve given four years of my life to it.



Buzz is that you used to interfere in the making and even sat in on the editing.


I’ve worked with filmmakers like Mani Ratnam, Shankar and Prabhudeva. I’ve launched five directors. I’ve never had any problem with anyone. Chandan and I got along fine. And just for the record, I’ve never entered to an editing room. I don’t like to see my movie in bits and pieces.



After

Striker

what?


I’m looking at scripts, I should be able to give the nod to a film or two in a month’s time. There won’t be a four-year gap this time. I’m here to stay.



You were approached for

Delhi 6

,

Rock On!!

and

Hook Ya Crook

. And you turned them all down. Why?

I wasn’t destined to be a part of these film. No regrets. Even if I could turn the clock, I’d still opt for

Striker

.



But your ‘Nos’ must have rubbed several people the wrong way?

There is no nice way to say ‘No’ just as there’s no wrong way to say ‘Yes.’ What’s encouraging is that even after all the ‘Nos”, I’m still getting films. Yes, I have attitude, that’s understandable given my position down South. Everyone should have attitude, there’s nothing wrong with that!



Apparently, there were issues between Aamir Khan and you which is why you weren’t considered for

3 Idiots

?


Absolutely not! I’m still in touch with him. He’s seen

Striker

and was very supportive of my second Hindi film. There were only three idiots in

3 Idiots

, had there been five, I’d have been one of them too.

Inshaallah

, when they make 5 Idiots, I’ll be in the movie.



Seems you are planning to get married again?


Right now, I’m single and that’s what matters, right?



Right? But you’ve never lacked for female company. There was Soha Ali Khan once, now there’s supposedly Shruti Haasan.


The media can write what they feel like. Whether I endorse it or not, the story will get published. Ninety nine per cent of what your read about me though is untrue. I’ve been linked with nine heroines so far. I’m really happy to know I’m so

aashiq mijaaz

(Cassanova like). But the fact is that

main aisa hoon nahin

(I’m not like this). (Smiles) Still it’s good to know that so many girls are crazy about me.