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Siddharth Kannan: The host of India’s first corporate hurdle show, Devils Circuit Challenge

Popular RJ Siddharth Kannan is all set to host India’s first corporate hurdle challenge reality show on Colors Infinity - Swift Devils Circuit.

tv Updated: Aug 13, 2017 13:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Sidharth Kannan and Sushant Singh Rajput at the Super Boxing League.
Sidharth Kannan and Sushant Singh Rajput at the Super Boxing League.

He began his career quite early - Siddharth Kannan was just 14 years old when he took up his first job at Times Radio - now known as Radio Mirchi. He was the RJ for a college show and the job even got his name in the Limca Book of Records for the being the youngest RJ. Siddharth is all set to kickstart a new show that will see corporates competing with each other.

Talking about the show, Sidharth said Swift Devils Circuit Challenge is a new concept that will be a thrilling experience for his fans. “This is the first corporate hurdle-based reality show. The show will be aired every weekend on Colors Infinity and Infinity HD,” he told Hindustan Times.

Siddharth poses with Mubarakan team - Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty.
Siddharth poses with Mubarakan team - Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty.

While the Swift Devils Circuit Challenge has been around for sometime (it began in 2012), this is the first time it will be aired on TV as a reality show. “It will be for for the first time that companies will send their corporates to take up fitness-based challenges and hurdles on a reality show,” he added.

Kannan’s first international project - Bollywood Hat Ke on London’s Lyca Radio - has been running successfully for almost a year now. He also hosted the recently concluded Super Boxing League in Delhi.

Elaborating on his interest in the field, Kannan said, “Unlike most of the people at the time (1994), I did not copy Ameen Sayani. I had my own conversationalist style. I am told I used to be a talkative boy ever since I started speaking. I would greet strangers on the road and even cross from one side to the other to say hello to them.”

Kannan, who has several awards to his credit for hosting radio and TV shows, believes he was one of the first people from the entertainment industry to be active on YouTube. His current YouTube channel was started in 2010 and has more than 46,000 subscribers. He also uploads celebrity interviews and several other videos on the channel. “The emergence and spread of web and internet has made our industry more democratic. Earlier, artists had to travel all the way to studios - mostly in Mumbai - and give auditions. I have done that and actors, singers, every artist who came from outside went through the same route. Now, people can simply record a clip on their mobile phones and upload on YouTube. The quality of the content attracts viewers and even work,” he said.

Better known as Sid K, his first TV show, Santa Banta Unlimited was also one of the highest rated shows for three years.

He is one of the most sought after voice-over professionals and was the official voice of IIFA (Indian International Film Awards) for fourteen years in a row (2000-2014). He has also done voice overs for Filmfare and Stardust Awards.

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First Published: Aug 13, 2017 13:53 IST

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