“A Siddhant Chaturvedi has to keep performing well and build his market. I don’t come with a market. Now, as a hero, I need to keep smashing it. I can either stick to my first character and go all alpha or I can show range and make people see that I’m versatile. I don’t want to repeat myself – isse accha toh main CA hi nahi kar leta if I have to keep doing the same thing again and again?” Siddhant Chaturvedi told us in an interview this year.

Having broken into the Indian consciousness with the blockbuster Gully Boy, Chaturvedi wants to give audiences a new Siddhant in every film. His eyes always light up when he discusses his future projects and the plan he has for the future. Chaturvedi is not laid back at all when it comes to his work — he is a professional and he is determined to make it big. He doesn’t want to be relegated to character roles and he doesn’t need to — he’s a fine actor and good-looking to boot. He’s not some dumb kid with a great jawline who’s been pushed into the limelight. He’s worked hard and he’s not going to stop.

The only way that fame has changed him is that he’s not a fanboy anymore. When he comes across directors and producers who he’s worshipped as a boy, he’s respectful and in awe. But business is business. He says that he won’t take up a film now just because he is a fan of the actor/director/producer. The script has to do the talking.

Chaturvedi is still a normal guy and he’s said that to us multiple times. Except now, he hangs out with Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor sometimes. They’re his age and they get along well. Arjun Kapoor and Vicky Kaushal are also quite fond of him and they talk often. He holds the latter in high regard – Kaushal had called him up when Gully Boy released and praised his performance. He’s part of a new generation of actors where there’s a lot of social media PDA and gossip columnists can no longer ride on rumours of feuds and such.

He wants to be known as an actor first and has pressed the snooze button on his musician dreams. Before his first film released, he contemplated releasing a rap song but didn’t want people to think that he was actually a rapper who had been cast in the movie. “There’s so many things I want to do. Write a book of poetry, I want to write songs and perform them. I want to paint and have an exhibition. I haven’t even started yet,” he had said. Well, honestly, we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.