Siddhant is a Filmmaker, Actor, Television Writer and Freelance Film Critic for various outlets including The Village Voice, Polygon, Firstpost, Observer and The Juggernaut. He spent his childhood in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Mumbai, India, where he developed a passion for theatre before attending Pace University in New York, earning his B.A. in Film & Screen Studies in under three years. Shortly after graduating, he began his M.F.A. Filmmaking program at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles.
Upon completing grad school, Siddhant interned at Baboon Animation under DreamWorks alumnus Mike de Seve, where he worked on scripts and treatments for various animated shows including Angry Birds Toons and Sylvester and Tweety, and feature films like Super Terracotta Warriors for Shanghai Film Group. He has extensive experience in television, having written and conceptualized initial seasons of Making The Cut and Maybe It's Me for MTV India, The Pitch for Bloomberg UTV, and The Great Indian Home Makeover for NDTV Goodtimes. He was also the Production Manager and Second Unit Director for Heal With Lara.
Siddhant has written, directed and edited numerous short films, both digitally and on 16mm film. He's known to wear multiple hats on set, having worked as a Script Supervisor, Assistant Director and Production Designer in Los Angeles for several years. He also edited the short film Milk Money directed by Nicci Thompson, which was officially selected for the Aberdeen Film Festival in 2014, and served as Director of Photography for Switching Channels by Gabi Zogall, which was officially selected for the One Minute Film Festival in Switzerland in 2013.
After spending three years as Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death., Siddhant now has bylines at The Village Voice, Polygon, Observer, Firstpost, The Juggernaut, /Film, The Chicago Reader, Verve Magazine, Mashable, Roger Ebert, The Film Stage, Paste Magazine, Atom Tickets and IGN; you can find his reviews at Rotten Tomatoes. He frequently features in IndieWire's weekly critic surveys as well as The Village Voice annual film poll, and has covered numerous international film festivals including New York Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, Philadelphia Flm Festival, BAMcinemaFest, New York Indian Film Festival, Japan Cuts and Doc NYC. He has also served on the Short Film Juries for Fantastic Fest and HP 48 Hours.
Siddhant currently splits his time between Mumbai and New York.