It's not always the supporting actor makes it up to the limelight, however, so is the case for 'Gully Boy' star Siddhant Chaturvedi who mesmerized the viewers with his performance as MC Sher. From making a grand entry with 'Bhag Bhag Bhag Aya Sher Aya Sher' to that killer smile that struck many hearts, MC Sher has been the talk of the town ever since the movie released.
Recently, the actor opened up about his journey to social media blog 'Humans of Bombay' which retells the stories of Mumbai city's inhabitants. Siddhant Chaturvedi who is also a CA said that his 'love affair with Cinema' began at a very young age, all thanks to his father who used to take him to watch movies every Friday.
Reminicising his boyhood, the actor said, "My father has always been fond of Cinema, so he’d take me to watch movies every Friday & my love affair with Cinema began. My dad would play Salman songs on tape & I’d dance! I even had Shahrukh’s ‘COOL’ necklace!"
Talking about his inclination towards art, Siddhant revealed the first poem he wrote was for a girl when he was in class 9. Narrating the incident he said, "I was always inclined towards art-the first poem I wrote was for a girl in 9th grade. She turned me down, but I continued writing, not knowing where it’d lead."
The successful actor further revealed that his biggest achievement is not acting. Talking about the same he said, "My primary career option was to become a CA, like my father! So I studied, never once thinking about acting. That seed was planted when in college, I got into the drama team. I realised I loved it! But I had to leave it to focus on my CA exams. Between college & my classes–I barely slept!"
"But I knew I had to finish my education– I was doing it for the heck of it, but once I started, I needed to reach that finish line. So I cleared my exams, just 15 marks away from the rank! If you ask me, what my biggest achievement is–it’s not acting. I knew I’d achieve that, but it’s passing my exams because that’s something I never wanted to do. Later, before my finals, I asked my dad for time to focus on acting." he added.
Siddhant then opened up about his struggles in the industry. Remembering his first audition he said, "I’d go with my friends to auditions. In my first audition, they told me to ‘learn how to look at the camera first & then come back.’ But through it all, my dad was my true MC Sher. He said, ‘be patient & don’t undersell yourself ever, to always chase my dreams & he’ll give me food & a roof so that I could do what I wanted. He gave me the freedom to decide & dream."
The actor who started his career with web television series 'Inside Edge' revealed that director Zoya Akhtar spotted him in the success party of the show and that's how he finally made it up to his life-changing performance.
Narrating the journey he said, "After 4 years of struggle, with more auditions & more rejections, Inside Edge happened. Because the makers had a vision which my talent fit into! After which– I met Zoya Akhtar at the success party & danced with her on Gallen Goodiyan. As fate would have it, she asked me to audition for Gully Boy, for the role that changed my life."
The actor is now a sensation. While Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, who aced the lead roles are praised widely by the audience, they can't also stop gushing over MC Sher aka Siddhant. The actor has also recently received a token of appreciation from veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, who happens to be his father's favourite star.
Mentioning the same as the best moment of his life the actor said, "After the release, I received a letter from Mr Amitabh Bachchan himself & when I handed that over to my father, the biggest Bachchan fan, it was the best moment of my life. His face said it all. Plus I can never get tired of already being remembered for Sher–I can now truly roar, 'भाग भाग भाग आया शेर आया शेर'!”
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