Textual content by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena. Photographs courtesy Ulysse Nardin
Siddhant Chaturvedi sporting the Ulysse Nardin Diver 44mm
The “outsider” to Hindi cinema — who had earlier made small-screen appearances within the coming-of-age comedy collection Life Sahi Hai (2016) and the sports-drama about cricket, Inside Edge (2017) — grabbed eyeballs together with his pure flip in his movie debut because the deep-thinking rapper MC Sher in Gully Boy, regardless of the presence of celebrity Ranveer Singh. Siddhant Chaturvedi adopted this success by guaranteeing he didn’t get typecast and was subsequent seen as Kunal Singh, a con man (Bunty aur Babli 2, 2021), and the tragic lover Zain Oberoi (Gehraiyaan, 2022).
Earlier in Might of this 12 months, the understated heartthrob added one more “function” to his rising repertoire by signing on because the Indian Model Ambassador for Ulysse Nardin — the progressive Swiss horological home that extends the boundaries of watchmaking with timepieces which might be impressed by the seas. Right here, Chaturvedi talks about his muses and profession selections….
You’re a self-confessed movie buff. Inform us extra about who or what has impressed you.
I’ve at all times been an ardent fan of Aamir Khan — and I’m an enormous fan of cricket as effectively. So, after I noticed Lagaan and, in a while, watched the documentary on the way it was made, I understood the true authenticity and aspirations of what it takes to make a movie in Indian cinema. Lagaan was the story of an underdog, and it taught me find out how to overcome my limitations and rise above them.
What do you bear in mind concerning the first time you set foot on a set?
The primary time I set foot on a set was through the shoot of Inside Edge. In fact, I used to be extraordinarily nervous, however as quickly as they stated, “Motion”, it was as if one thing inside me switched. I believed I used to be horrible, however a lot to my shock, they had been very, very pleased. They took two takes and the director stated, “Transferring on”.
It was my first function, and so I had ready effectively prematurely for it. I don’t assume I’ve ever actually “acted”; I simply behave just like the character.
How did you react when Zoya Akhtar advised you that you’d be taking part in MC Sher? Would you say that this function established your credentials as an actor? And, as an “outsider” to the business, how lengthy did it take so that you can modify to life within the highlight?
I bear in mind it was 10 within the morning after I received Zoya’s name about being part of Gully Boy and that I might be taking part in the function of MC Sher. I ran out to the eating room and advised my mother and father. However I by no means thought Gully Boy would have the impression that it did.
It has established itself as a cult movie, with everybody, all over the place sporting or saying the “apna time aayega [your time will come]” phrase. It has change into a type of anthem together with MC Sher’s character turning into iconic. I lengthy to do extra such roles.
I don’t assume you may plan to be a star; you simply need to be true to your artwork. I nonetheless haven’t adjusted to life within the highlight. I like to carry out and be on stage, however when the lights flip off, I reduce out all of the noise and simply discover my consolation with my household.
Chaturvedi sporting the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur 42mm in brown
Gully Boy, Gehraiyaan, Bunty aur Babli 2 and now Cellphone Bhoot — completely different films, completely different roles. What attracts you to a personality and the way do you put together for every one? Do you imagine in going with the director’s circulation utterly?
I’m drawn to completely different genres and various characters as a result of I don’t wish to repeat myself. I learn the script a number of occasions in order to know the conditions my character goes to be in and keep a personality diary.
I imagine that film-making is sort of a marriage, the place the director is the creator of a world and the actor brings within the character which inserts into that world. It’s a collaborative effort.
With Cellphone Bhoot, you make the pivot to horror-comedy. What did you find out about your self as an actor whereas taking pictures for this movie?
What I’ve learnt is that you’re solely nearly as good as your co-actor[s], and I’ve been blessed with having companions in crime like Katrina [Kaif] and Ishaan [Khatter] in Cellphone Bhoot.
Right this moment, with the in depth scrutiny within the public eye, it appears as if the off-screen “model” of an actor — appears to be like, social media presence, vogue sense and so forth – has change into as essential as expertise. How a lot significance do you give to this facet and the alternatives that include it?
It’s really the opposite method round. As actors, we have to deal with the craft. There is no such thing as a model as such — my motto is to be form and do good work, and if that equals to my “model” then so be it.
It’s a philosophy, not a method.
Freak X Magma
How do you keep linked together with your followers throughout digital platforms?
I come from the viewers, and they’re those who’ve made me. I’m simply myself, on-line and offline, so I do not need to attempt onerous.
Have you ever at all times been keen on watches? As a “Ulysses” what excites you probably the most?
Sure, I’ve at all times been enthusiastic about watches. Ever since I used to be little, I noticed my dad put on watches and the way they instantly lifted an outfit. As a “Ulysses”, I recognize the wealthy aesthetic sense of the model. Each watch feels prefer it has been personalised for the particular wearer.
Would you name your self a free spirit and an out-of-the-box thinker? And is that what drew you to Ulysse Nardin, a model that has at all times celebrated doing the bizarre?
Sure, in fact. It’s clearly seen with my movie selections. I by no means favored sticking to norms or tendencies, and that’s the reason the model resonates with me.
Ulysse Nardin’s timepieces are impressed by the ocean. Which of their diver’s watches are you drawn to?
I actually just like the Diver 44mm as a result of its classic look, and the Marine Torpilleur 42mm in brown. I additionally would like to have a Freak X on my wrist quickly. These are a number of the timepieces which I might take pleasure in sporting, relying on my temper and look.
Two years in the past, the model launched the R-strap, comprised of recycled fishing nets. How does their dedication to sustainability — to the marine round economic system – resonate with you?
In right now’s world particularly, “sustainability” and “the surroundings” are phrases we can not ignore. I attempt my finest to chop down on my carbon footprint at any time when I can. I additionally keep and observe a vegetarian food plan.
Inform us just a little concerning the notes that you simply publish on Instagram. Are you a romantic at coronary heart?
I’m old-fashioned at coronary heart with regards to love and romance. It’s fading with time, however I wish to maintain on to it.
You’ve got typically talked about your hustle and ambition — what retains you grounded now that you simply’ve “made it”?
I by no means assume that I’ve made it. My ever-growing ambition is what retains me going. My aim is to at all times be one step forward with regards to my very own hustle, so I’m by no means glad. The enjoyable is within the chase.