Siddharth Mallya denies trying to ‘regain image’ through ‘PR stunt’ book, says he could gossip if he wanted money.
Siddharth Mallya said that if he wanted to earn money, he could have written about the glamorous life he lived, instead of writing an ‘honest’ account of his struggles with mental health.
Siddharth Mallya, who recently wrote a memoir about his mental health issues, has rubbished allegations that the book is a ‘PR stunt’ to reclaim his image. Siddhartha, the son of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, is an actor.
In an interview, he said that he does not have an image to reclaim and he would have earned more money if he had written all about his glamorous life. But he chose to write an honest account of his struggles with anxiety with the hope that his story would resonate with others.
He told Film Companion, “I don’t need to reclaim my image; I don’t live in India, I have nothing to gain. What image do I need to retrieve? Trust me, I could have made a lot more money if I had written this book about the star life I have lived, the Monaco yacht parties, the IPL, and all the glitz and all the glamour… you know it, and I know that for my own sake. There would have been a bigger audience for me to gossip about the things I’ve seen in life. It’s a fact; no one can deny it.”
He continued, “What do I have to gain about helping people apart from being this open, and this raw, and being so honest about my life? I am not in India, I am not in Bollywood, I have to There is nothing to be gained by changing the image.
Sidharth also talked about being inspired by ‘ahankar’ during his time in India, when he became the face of his father’s IPL team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and was a permanent fixture at Bollywood events.