Siddarth shrugs off the celebrity kid tag quite determinedly, insisting that the whole family is very ‘chilled out’. A typical Sunday at home generally pans out with dad cooking up a storm in the kitchen, mom watching a film with the kids as artsy, musically inclined friends drop in and out. “I played percussion, sang and even fiddled about with the harmonica growing up. Dad didn’t force me into anything but encouraged me to do what I enjoyed. And to be original,” he tells us.
Being compared to his father, Siddarth says was also inevitable. “I take all the comparisons in my stride because I am being compared to a legend, who just happens to be my father. It sets the benchmark high and makes me want to do better,” he admits, but emphasises that he landed the gig in the Dhoom 3 hit song ‘Malang’ on his own merit. “Actually, Aditya Chopra asked Aamir Khan to listen to a few recordings (including mine) and pick one. Aamir picked mine without knowing who I was.” Then he goes on to tell us that winning the RD Burman Award for New Music Talent at the Filmfare Awards was the most amazing moment of his life. And also the most ‘horrible’. “I was so thrilled because former winners are all people I’d always looked up to, including Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. I was shaking with nerves, hoping they wouldn’t ask me to sing. But they did! So it was horrible in that sense.”
Siddarth’s latest release is ‘I’m Just Pakaoed’ from the film One By Two, “It was the best experience. The lyrics are mad. The energy is crazy,” he smiles, adding that we can expect him to do quite a bit of composing as well because ‘picking between singing and composing, is like deciding between one of my eyes’. Without revealing the names of the films, Siddarth hints that his voice will power a few Bollywood numbers in the near future, while finishing his education too, is on the cards.