'I'm a work in progress'

VILLAINOUS STREAK

'I'm a work in progress'

He is a charmer to the core and it’s not a wonder why the latest heart-throb Sidharth Malhotra makes girls swoon wherever he goes. Though he has a brawny persona, the soft-spoken actor’s boyish charm comes out when he speaks about his passion — acting! 

The ‘Student of the Year’ and Hasee Toh Phasee star, was in the City recently to promote his upcoming film Ek Villain and shares a special connect with it as he has come here to promote each of his films. “There is a feel-good youth factor about it.

When I had come here to promote Hasee Toh Phasee with Parineeti (Chopra), we had gone to a college as part of our promotions,” he recalls. This time too, he did the same with his current co-star Shraddha Kapoor and felt elated when the students sang the song Galliyan from the film.

“It felt good. There are so many students here. The youth population here is more than that of Mumbai,” he notes.

Speaking of cities, he reveals that though he is a ‘Mumbai lad’ now, he “will remain a Delhi boy at heart”.

“After all, I have grown up there,” he observes. 

As the title suggests, Ek Villain sees him shed his chocolate boy image and play the role of a quiet,angry young man. “I play Guru in the film and the role has various negative shades. He has had a bad past. He has many anger issues as he has witnessed a murder. It’s very different from the roles that I have played so far.”  

Highlighting the theme of the film, he says, “There is a dialogue that Shraddha’s character says, which translates to ‘darkness cannot bring out darkness, only light can!’ Our movie revolves around that.” 

While the going has been good for the actor so far in the industry, he is not taking things lightly. He has been training hard for his next film ‘Warrior’ in which he shares the screen with Akshay Kumar.

 “Yes I have been training in mixed martial arts but it’s too soon to talk more about the film,” he informs. The other things on the pipeline are Bhavesh Joshi and a tentative remake of the French film ‘Priceless’. 

Though he doesn’t have much time to spare, he loves riding a bike as he reveals.

“I have less free time. But whenever I get some, I like to play sports. Recently, I called all my friends as I wanted to go for a ride,” he laughs. 

Of course, being an overnight sensation has not been all that easy for the young actor. “I don’t think about it so much,” he says and adds, “In a country with just two main passions — cricket and cinema, it feels really great to be an actor. But I’m still a work in progress.”

Ask him about getting clicked with actress Isabelle Leite in the middle of the night outside a restaurant in Mumbai and he jovially retorts, “The paparazzi in Mumbai have become spies. I will hopefully get a heads-up the next time.”

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