A Non-Hindi speaking actor becomes a caricature in Hindi cinema: Siddharth

While promoting his upcoming show, Escaype Live, Siddharth talked to Indian Express and voiced his opinions regarding south Indian characters in Hindi Cinema.

After his stunning performance in Rang De Basanti opposite Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, and others, South sensation Siddharth forged his way in the hearts of his fans and made a name for himself in the Bollywood industry. Now, the actor is preparing for his forthcoming online show, Escaype Live, on Disney+ Hotstar. The argument over the Hindi and South cinema industries has gotten a lot of attention recently. In response, the actor brings up an unpleasant reality.

Siddharth commented on the ongoing discussion in an interview with Indian Express, saying that it is common to make caricatures of non-Hindi speaking actors.  The actor was referring to his role in Escaype Live as Krishna Rangaswamy. When his colleague refers to him as a Malayali in the teaser for the online program, he defends his Kannadiga ancestry.

He said, “From the age of comedians, (we had) actors like Mehmood who made unrealistic and strange portrayals which were very popular at that time. But today, you feel odd watching them. There was Mithun Chakraborty playing some Krishnan Iyer and selling coconut water. In those days liberties were taken in the name of entertainment. All these are cliches. That’s not how people speak. Today, if I do anything like that to a Kannada or a Kashmiri character, social media will have a field day.”

With Escaype Live, the actor is returning to a Hindi project. It’s a nine-part series that revolves around six people as they try to gain fame and money on a social media platform. The actor portrays a pious man who exposes influential people who profit off of them.



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