Siddhant Karnick, an accomplished Indian actor, adventurer, and motorcycle enthusiast, has garnered recognition for his multifaceted contributions to the entertainment world. With a unique ability to seamlessly transition between diverse roles and genres, Siddhant consistently delivers captivating performances that strike a chord with audiences. Apart from his theatre skills, his passion for motorcycling is evident through his epic journeys across India. He shares insights on fitness and career accomplishments with Surabhi Goel.
- What valuable lessons have you learned from your diverse acting career in television and film?
Patience and perseverance have been my guiding light. Endurance is also crucial, especially when faced with numerous rejections and challenges. But maintaining a sense of humour has indeed been a lifesaver. When you can laugh at yourself and the ups and downs of the industry, it somehow makes everything feel lighter and less daunting. It acts as a shield against the stress that often comes with this profession.
- What can your fans expect from your upcoming film projects?
I want to thank my dedicated fans for anticipating my upcoming projects. Transitioning from TV to film was a conscious decision to explore new opportunities. I’ve been involved in various creative pursuits, including theatre and writing. You can catch me in the ‘F se Fantasy’ OTT series on Jio Net, which marks my comedy debut. I’m excited about this unique and bold project.
Also, look out for me in the December release of the film ‘Animal,’ where I can’t reveal much about my role. I had a fantastic experience working with Sandeep Vanga and Ranbir Kapoor, who impressed me with his dedication and professionalism. I’ve learned a lot from him, and I can’t wait for you to see the film.
- Tell us about your journey from television to film. What motivated this transition, and how has it impacted your career?
My journey began with theatre, and I would often transition back to it, producing and acting in plays, which brought me a lot of satisfaction. But, there came a point when I started feeling disillusioned with acting, and I even considered if I was done with it. When I worked with Swiss filmmakers on the ‘Tomorrow You Will Be Dead’ project, I realized my weariness wasn’t about acting but the kind of roles I was getting.
I aspired to tell better stories and collaborate with top storytellers. So, I transitioned into films and renowned web shows, which required intensive training. With over 20 years in the industry, I recognized the distinct demands of film acting and sought guidance from a seasoned French acting coach with 40 years of experience in Indian screen acting. This coaching enhanced my abilities and opened doors to numerous film projects.
- You’re also known for your passion for motorcycle road trips. Can you recount a particularly memorable journey and its impact on your life?
Motorcycling helps me maintain a balance between acting roles. It’s my way of hitting ‘neutral’ and regrounding myself.
One significant journey was my solo motorcycle expedition across India in December 2019 and January 2020, where I covered 9,820 kilometres in 36 days. I met inspiring people or ‘Agents of Swachhta, ’or individuals who are committed to cleanliness and humanitarian values, like a humble chaiwala who refused payment, driven by his duty to care for travellers, and a school teacher who taught children about agriculture, believing it’s a fundamental art to preserve.
These encounters inspired my YouTube channel, ‘The Swachh Ride,’ documenting stories emphasizing the importance of inner values and treating others with cleanliness. This journey highlighted the significance of seeing beyond surface cleanliness and understanding that swachhta extends to our inner values and how we treat others.
- Balancing a career in the entertainment industry with your love for motorcycling must be a unique challenge. How do you manage to find that balance?
Balancing my entertainment career and my passion for motorcycling has become easier with time. I no longer stress about work during downtime, relying on my skills and trusting that opportunities will arise. Technology, especially phone connectivity and internet access, allows me to send audition videos and stay connected on the road, maximizing my free time.
I’ve learned that waiting for the ‘perfect moment’ for a ride is counterproductive. Embracing serendipity lets me travel and go with the flow. This mind set shift helps me balance my career and motorcycling effectively. The constant worry about financial aspects and the next job opportunity is replaced by a more relaxed approach that lets me focus on what I’m passionate about while maintaining trust in my career.
- As an actor and adventurer, how do you feel your experiences on the road have influenced your career in the film industry?
My penchant for adventurous motorcycling, embracing uncharted paths, has become a way of life, and this spirit of exploration informs my unconventional choices as an actor. Unlike conventional roles, I opt for characters and performances that stand out, creating depth and intrigue. While anyone can portray a character like Don, the uniqueness lies in the approach. Exploring diverse aspects of adventure and acting enables me to deliver more captivating and multifaceted performances.
- Are there any dream roles or genres you’re eager to explore soon in your acting career?
I’m particularly drawn to fantasy genres, inspired by ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Harry Potter,’ which captivate audiences with their otherworldly narratives. I aspire to take on roles in the realm of fantasy, like the character of a dragon rider, where there is a unique blend of fun, exoticism, and dreamlike experiences.
- Who is your favourite actor, and what do you admire most about them?
Meryl Streep is my favourite actress. I admire her remarkable versatility, which truly sets her apart as one of the most accomplished actors in the industry.
- What is your favourite activity or hobby, apart from biking and acting?
I’ve found great solace in badminton, becoming a three-time club champion in four years. I’ve also recently gained a fitness and flexibility training certification, allowing me to tailor workouts to suit my needs.
- How do you manage stress and maintain mental well-being?
One of my go-to methods is focused breathing, a form of meditation. I don’t limit my meditation to peaceful, quiet mountain settings; I prefer to meditate even in chaotic or unlikely places, like when waiting for a slow elevator or amidst heavy traffic. It is remarkable how even a few minutes of meditation can bring tranquillity amid the hustle and bustle.
- During your cross-country motorcycle journey across India, which place left the most significant impression on you?
The majestic Himalayas, their grandeur, and their spiritual aura have profoundly impacted me. I’ve been visiting the Himalayas for the past 12 years, and each time, it’s an experience like no other.
- How do you like to try new things and step out of your comfort zone?
It might not always be easy, but real growth occurs when we challenge ourselves and venture beyond our comfort zone. Staying in a comfortable or complacent space doesn’t lead to genuine personal or professional development.