Mumbai: Sid Mallya, son of business mogul Vijay Mallya, who is all set to make his acting debut in independent filmmaker Qaushiq Mukherjee’s film “Brahman Naman”, is not fascinated by the Bollywood industry.
“I have never been fascinated by Bollyood, but I have always been fascinated by acting. It’s something that I always wanted to do and I am happy I could do it. Bollywood is something I cannot relate to,” Sid told reporters.
“It’s a fantastic industry it has got some fantastic performers but not something I can really relate to or be a part of,” he added.
“Brahman Naman” will be premiering and competing in the WWorld Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.
Sid says that while he “does not look down upon” the Bollywood industry, he has “respect” and admiration for the films.
“I don’t look down upon it; it’s an absolutely booming industry, but not too many films I watch because I don’t speak Hindi. I don’t watch them but, I feel what they do is incredible and I have utmost respect for them. I admire what they do,” he added.
Sid also said that he cannot do song and dance films.
“A three hour Bollywood film where I am dancing it’s not going to happen because I can’t dance,” he said.
About the film’s director Mukherjee (popularly known as Q), who is mostly known for his controversial cult film “Gandu”, Sid said: “Q is the sort of guy I wanted to work with. He is unique, he is the kind of person who is going to push the creative boundary.”
“Too many people are interested in playing safe one thing I liked about him is that he is not interested in paying safe,” he added.
Sid said that Mukherjee would never become a “Bollywood mainstream director” because he is “not about singing and dancing.”
“‘Gandu’ may have not been everyone’s cup of tea, but internally in festivals it was great. That’s why I feel Q would never be a Bollywood mainstream director because he is not about singing and dancing he wants to push the boundaries and be creative,” he added.
The plot of “Brahman Naman” is centered on the quizzers scene in India in the early eighties. It is a smart teen comedy in the vein of the British film “The Inbetweeners” from 2011.
Shashank Arora of “Titli” fame plays the character of Naman whereas Sid will be seen in a supporting role in “Brahman Naman”.