Siddharth Boro – An Exclusive Interview with the Model & Actor
Siddhart Boro is an actor and a model from Assam. He was the winner of the Fair & Lovely Men Mega Mister North East, 2014 and was the finalist of Gladrags Manhunt and Megamodel Contest, 2016. He is also a debutant in Sanjib Dey’s III Smoking Barrels, which is a Bollywood mega project.
Hello Siddharth, welcome to Creativica.
Thanks a lot Team Creativica for having me here. Really glad to be a part of it.
Well, Siddharth you started your career by modeling and you have achieved the Mega Mr. North East title during 2014. How did it make you feel?
Well, Mega Mr. North East was really something that I wanted to try. It surely was in my bucket list. I remember I was in 9th standard when I saw the First Edition being aired. I made up my mind to be a part of it and hola here I was with the winner’s title after 4 years. It’s an intangible feeling, it just gives me goosebumps every time I recall that moment. Honestly, words aren’t enough to express it. All the hard work finally pays off.
We also came to know that you’ve debuted as an actor in Sanjib Dey’s film “III Smoking Barrels”. How did you come up with this project?
It was just out of the blue moon, I still consider myself to be very lucky that ‘III Smoking Barrels’ happened to me. I came across it through Rajni Basumatary ma’am (consider her to be my source of inspiration). I heard about the audition which was taking place and after so many screen test I finally made it. I still feel very proud that out of so many actors and models I bagged this role which turns out to be one of the leads in the movie and being directed by Mr. Sanjib Dey is something I shall cherish throughout my life.
Share some of your special moments during the shooting of III Smoking Barrels.
The entire shooting schedule was special to me. It was the very first time I faced the camera. The late night shoots, early morning shifts, fun with the crew. Everything about it was special especially the Bombay crew. Bole toh Bhai logo ne kafi masti ki apun ke sath, hahaha. Meeting Akki Sir, Tassad Sir and experiencing their knowledge and skill was really helpful.
Who has inspired you most in your life?
It has to be my Mom. I was raised by a single hardworking and honest mother who in real life is a superwoman. I can’t think of anyone else when I hear about inspiration. I learned that during her college days she used to do plays and as well direct it but couldn’t continue because of family disputes. So here I am living that unsung dream of hers.
Tell us about your working experiences with the other well-known senior actors-actresses from the industry.
Where do I start from, as I aforementioned, I really consider myself lucky to be a part of such a big project. Names like Mandakini Goswami, Rajni Basumatary, Subrat Dutta, Indraniel Sen, to whom I have always been a big fan and was sharing the screen and exchanging words with them. Being directed by Mr. Sanjib Dey. Can’t even claim it to be Deja Vu. It’s really something that you can’t express. All I can say that thanks to them my idea of acting really changed. I didn’t go to any acting school, fortunately, I was blessed with it genetically which was later improved a lot by attending the workshop with the aforementioned names. Working with such renowned NSD actors helped me a lot to understand my character and how to approach to a particular scene.
What’s your opinion on choosing to modeling and acting as a career?
It’s risky but worth trying. Definitely, we belong to a mediocre society but nothing in life comes easy. I didn’t know anyone from Assam nor Mumbai Film industry but it was something that I had to do and I followed my heart and after so many obstacles I am living this dream. Mega Mr. North East, Gladrags Manhunt, Working for Channel V, doing an independent Bollywood movie. All this seems like a dream but yeah I’m finally living it.
Can you tell us about your upcoming projects?
Well, currently I’m being little choosy about my work. I’m doing few music videos as for now along with fashion shows. 2017 seems like a good year to start with.
Got few scripts in hand, shall definitely start once I find something very interesting.
What will you say about the present condition of our Assamese film industry?
lacks in originality. One thing I noticed is that we are just focusing on commercializing. We can’t expect our industry to bloom if we work just like that. Our Assamese film industry is as old as any other in the country yet we are left behind in terms of technology, ideas, narration, infrastructure. We have potential but we are not using it, I won’t be surprised if tomorrow we have people from our industry compared to Martin Scorsese, Akira Kurosawa or Alfred Hitchcock. We just need to throw away the Tom, Dick, and Harry out from and let the creativity and logic pour in. Thanks to few filmmakers we have witnessed few good movies this year and am sure the number shall increase eventually.
Any suggestion/advice to the newcomers who are willing to come to this industry?
Follow your heart, use your brain and take a decision with your gut. Be focused and determined. Don’t go for short cut no matter how deterring it seems. Trust yourself and move forward. It might take time but don’t give up.
And always have a backup plan. Never drop your education, be an all rounder my friend.
Thank you Siddharth for giving us your valuable time. We wish you all the best for your upcoming days.
Thank you so much for having me here and letting me share my journey. My best wishes to Team Creativica.