Nikhil Siddhartha a Telugu actor is foraying into Tamil film market with upcoming film “Karthikeya“. Being a Tamil-Telugu bilingual he believes it will give him an opportunity to expand his base and cater to large audiences in both the industries. Nikhil told to media, “A lot of Tamil actors are entering Telugu industry with their dubbed films. When I got this film, I felt I should also make use of this opportunity to enter the Tamil industry. Moreover, ‘Karthikeya’ is a bilingual and not a dubbed film with a lot Tamil of actors. We have also shot in Tamil Nadu to make it look authentic”. “Karthikeya” is a thriller by a debutant director Chandoo Mondeti. Nikhil is well known for his romantic and comedy roles in films like “Happy Days” and “Yuvatha” and this is his first attempt at the genre with this film. Nikhil says, “Although this is my mainstream attempt at the thriller genre, I don’t want audiences to think it’s a thriller flick all the way. It also has elements of love, friendship and comedy to entertain. So it’s a thriller with a lot of entertaining elements”. Nikhil is playing a doctor in this film spent quality time with aspiring doctors to master the nuances required to play his role. Nikhil was asked to gain weight for his role in the film as he’s playing a mature role that has a lot of powerful lines to mouth. He added “I play a matured role and have some strong dialogues to deliver. My director and I felt that I needed to look physically strong to fit the role. I worked on my chest and shoulder a lot but didn’t increase my overall weight. I had to eat a lot.” He futher added, “I have strong dialogues in scenes with senior actor Tanikella Bharani. To even stand your ground against him and deliver dialogues is not a joke. I got my dialogues few days in advance and prepared all night in front of the mirror in different expressions”. Nikhil added “I had to do it carefully because if I go a little overboard, people will complain or the dialogues won’t hit the mark.” He worked extremely hard to pull off some important scenes. Swathi Reddy, Rao Ramesh, Nassar and Thulasi are also in important roles in “Karthikeya”.