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Sunday, February 12, 2017

सिद्धार्थ निगम

Surely one of the loveliest creatures on the planet is Siddharth Nigam, who, I'm told,  became a household name in India two years ago when he starred in the historical drama Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat, as a boy who would become the great King Ashoka who ruled the entire Indian subcontinent in the 2nd Century B.C. We all know how in movies a young actor will often play the main character up to a certain point and then the real star, an adult, takes over.  Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat worked kind of like that, except, Siddharth (Sidd to his fans) played the young Ashoka for a year and three months, at a rate of five episodes per week. Later, when an actor named Mohit Raina assumed the role amidst much hype, the ratings tumbled and the series was cancelled six months later, leaving many to speculate that it was only Siddharth for whom audiences had tuned in in the first place.  




Have you ever watched an Indian serial drama? I can't pretend to be an expert, and perhaps other Indian serials are different, but Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat is like a telenovela cranked up to eleven. Based on the life of a real person, a historical figure who is well-known to everyone in India,  it has only the vaguest connection to history, and I'm told that everything from the story to the sets and costumes are completely inauthentic. But who cares if that means that all the male actors are bare-chested 99% of the time?  The acting is pure Soap Opera 101. Every announcement and revelation is followed by nostril-flaring reaction shots of every person in the room. In one episode a person who was thought to be dead enters a room and it literally takes ten minutes for the scene to play out, with insanely bombastic music, cameras zooming onto the shocked (SHOCKED!) faces of a least ten characters, slo-mo shots of the not-dead-guy walking through the door, followed by even more reaction shots of the same ten people. I've never felt so bored and yet so overly stimulated in my life. Like most daily dramas the world over, there a lot of characters you have to know, unneeded subplots, many long exposition-filled conversations, and lots of filler, but at the center of this show is Siddharth, who in addition to his stunning good looks and physical prowess (aside from acting, he is also a highly-ranked gymnast with an eye on the Olympics) radiates a ridiculous amount of charm and charisma. I wouldn't call his acting highly naturalistic (he is called upon to do a lot of exclaiming and speechifying) but he generally manages to avoid the scenery chewing of most of his co-stars. And when he smiles, which he does frequently, he lights up a room. 

Gee, I've got to wrap this up...

So here are some photos of beautiful Siddharth Nigam. I hope you enjoy them.
























































11 comments:

jan germany said...

only 16 !!1 but still hot - look at his shirtless interview 3 month after his 14 birthday
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3YlnQCLjxw

jan germany said...

and in the same mnnth - dezember 2014 - he is 14 ( birthday 13.9.2000 -
a shirtless interview , bzt all other actors are fully clothed
look here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0E_yukCa-E

Anonymous said...

Soaps seem to follow a pattern, perhaps established by American "drama" long ago, world wide, bad acting, scripts that struggle to make sense, lingering shots of emoting, overuse of slow motion and tedious viewing. Same in Thailand, Korea, China and Australia. 15 months does seem a tad excessive for young Sidd, but a boy's got to make a living. Keep an eye on him and if he does make it to Tokyo in 2020, we'd love to hear (and see) about it. Particularly slow motion topless gymnast shots. - Ian

Leo Parton said...

'SOAPS' & tv dramas are no different, AM nor PM anywhere. 'soaps' and tv dramas are just Night time 'soaps' versus night time dramas versus Daytime 'soaps' versus Nighttime dramas ?!?!? SOAPS versus DRAMAS ... Who YOU KIDDING !!! Day-time dramas versus night-time dramas, or 'soaps', and ... as IF !!! The very name 'soap' is stupid. They suds it up but they watch while complain. PLEASE !!! Have fun meanwhile watching, or not. But do not fail to recognize distinctions in each. DO NOT FAIL !!! Remember Kevin Bacon daytime versus later. Cock versus a 'mere actor'. Forget not Johnny Depp of a nighttime 'soap' semi-cop series into a cocky PIRATE OF THE CARRABEAN sweet. PURE. Most 'actors' DO NOT make a million. Who you to complain. Most Olympians make no million. Make fun of but have fun from ... ?!?!?! HA HA HA

Leo Parton said...

Forgot to try to figure this out ... HAPPY VALENTINES DAY !!! Cupid's poison arrow may miss you ( and miss here )but the effects seem a lot more worse than the one of its original poison aim ... so it misses us by mis-directing and gets us in-directly ? UH OH ... nothing new in the way of a poison arrow at aim at LOVE & LOVING ... ha ha ha

Anonymous said...

Whatever. - Ian

Pitbullshark said...

Soap Operas are named that because they used to be sponsored by detergent companies, such as Tide or Proctor & Gamble, heavy advertisers in the early days of television.

Now here's a thing I have read in several different sources, and I think it is true. Movie stars are usually beautiful people, because they have to appeal to large audiences. But television stars are more beautiful than movie stars, because their image is invited into people's homes and they get seen more often. Movie stars are seen occasionally in a two hour movie, whereas television stars may be seen weekly. And the most beautiful television stars are Soap Opera stars, because they not only come into people's homes, but they do so every day, and for years and years and years. I don't know if your gorgeous model here counts as a soap opera star, but I think he passes every test for beauty and appeal!

My mother, like many women, absolutely loved her favorite soap opera ("All My Children") and watched it every single day without fail (she'd record it onto her VCR so she would miss a show). She even got to care about those characters as if they were real people. I think she cared about some of them more than she cared about real people. But it was good for me, because it helped her come to grips with and then later actually accept my being gay, because of a character on a soap opera who was gay and went through at that coming out nightmare and everything, and he became a proxy for me. Several different soap operas can take a lot of credit for normalizing homosexuality for housewives and mothers, due to their airing very positive and sympathetic stories about gay characters.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your mother was enlightened by a soap. One of the longest running soaps in Australia was actually on the radio. Blue Hills ran from 1949 til 1976. As for TV, one of the first was an import, Peyton Place, which I was not allowed to watch. I don't think I missed very much compared to Number 96 in 1972 which had our first gay character and focused on sex and nudity. Ah those were the days. - Ian.

Anonymous said...

He could play his namesake Gautama Siddharta and then I maybe convert to Buddhism. ;) From which region in India is he? He looks kinda atypical.

Vera said...

He was born in Uttar Pradesh.

Martin Clousterman said...

Good looking young lad, and this time alive? Sing, Singh, Sigh....