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Siddharth Mallya

The Royal Challengers Banglore director on making his television debut

Siddharth Mallya
Siddharth Mallya

Nervous about your debut on small screen?

Not at all, I was very excited. When you are working around the clock, it is important to have fun so energy levels don’t drop.

Your role in the show?

I was part presenter and part judge for the series—Hunt for the Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2013—on NDTV Good Times with Lisa Haydon.

Is it right for you to do this at a time Kingfisher Airlines is badly hit and its employees are not getting paid?

I have nothing to do with Kingfisher Airlines, so there isn’t really much I can say or do regarding the matter.

You’re also quiet on Twitter these days.

Twitter is funny because it gives a voice to everyone; it also unleashes the darker side of people who would not make a negative comment face to face.

Tired of troll attacks?

I do get a lot of negativity on Twitter, mostly from those who have a certain perception of me, but you learn to ignore it. I don’t force anyone to follow me—it can’t be all bad if over 3,50,000 do, right?

You’ve got quite a party boy image going.

It’s the media’s perception of me. They are entitled to their opinion. Like any 25-year-old single boy, I like to enjoy myself. Is that wrong?

Is interest in beauty pageants waning?

Not at all. We still have countless girls who want to be a part of the show because they consider it a huge launch pad.

Where was this show shot?

We packed 40 episodes into 17 days, in Goa.

So next stop, more TV shows, Bollywood?

Never say never. Everything depends on the response to this show.

What else is on your plate?

There is still the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The IPL season is short, but there is a lot of planning and marketing to do to get it all in place for next year’s edition.

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