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Hyderabad: Actor Siddharth Narayan is a multi-feceted star, who has made a big name in acting, singing, screenplay writing and producing movies in Tamil and Telugu. He has also worked as assistant director. He is not only popular in South Indian film industry, but also in Bollywood and the huge success of his recent Hindi release Chashme Baddoor is the best example for his fame in North India.
Siddharth always wanted to become a director. So after finishing his education, he became assistant director for Mani Ratnam's Kannathil Muthamittal. But the fate has different plans for him. Scriptwriter Sujatha insisted him to audition for S Shankar's Boys. He auditioned and got the role of Munna. The film went on to became a moderate success in Tamil. Its Telugu version brought him to limelight.
Then onwards, there is no look back for this actor. In 11 years, Siddharth has acted in 25 movies in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, produced two movies and crooned seven songs Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films. Besides winning the million heart, the actor has also bagged a few best actor awards from Filmfare, Star and ITFA.
Siddharth, best known as a chocolate boy of the south, turns 34 today (April 17) and his fans across the globe are celebrating this day in various ways. We, at Oneindia, wish him a very happy birthday. We bring you some interesting facts and photos of the actor. Continue to see them in slide show.
Siddharth Narayan was born on April 17, 1979 in Chennai, where he has been brought up. His educational qualifications include an MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management (Mumbai) and a bachelor's degree in Commerce from Kirori Mal College (Delhi). He is also a gifted speaker, and even won the CNBC Manager of the Year award in 1999.
Siddharth's performance in Boys impressed many filmmakers in Tamil and Telugu and he was flooded with several offers in both these film industries. This made him forget his dream of directing films once for all. After Boys, he played one of the three male leads in Mani Ratnam's next Tamil film Aaytha Ezhuthu.
Siddharth's first two Tamil movies released with dubbed version in Telugu and got him a good fan base in AP. Realising the magnitude of the market in the state, he made his Tollywood debut came with Prabhu Deva's directorial debut Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005) opposite Trisha. And the movie became a hit at the Box Office.
Following the success of Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Siddharth completely went busy with Telugu projects. For next seven years, he did not look back to Kollywood and he acted in eight Telugu movies.
Siddharth is credited with having written the screenplay, acted and sang in the Telugu film Chukkallo Chandrudu.
Siddharth enjoyed an almost red carpet-like entry into Bollywood. He shared screen space with Aamir Khan in the highly acclaimed film Rang De Basanti in 2006.
The actor has delivered several hit Telugu movies like Bomarillu, Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam, Oy!, Anaganaga O Dheerudu and Oh My Friend.
His flair for the big screen and its workings urged Siddharth to turned producer with the bilingual film Kadhalil Sodhapuvvadu Eppadi.
Recently, Siddharth has also debuted in Hollywood with Meera Nair's English film Midnight's Children, which was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival.
Siddharth is now eagerly waiting to release his upcoming Tamil films Udhayam NH4 and Theeya Velai Seiyanum Kumaru, which are also being dubbed in Telugu and released as NH4 and Something Something. Let us wish these movies will be super-hits in both languages.