'I would love to do a double role'

Candid talk

'I would love to do  a double role'

He started modelling at the age of 18, but it was his debut film that established Sidharth Malhotra as a promising actor and also earned him appreciation from film critics for his nuanced performance in ‘Student of the Year’. In a tete-a-tete with Metrolife, Sidharth talks about his career moves, his guy next-door image, his dream role and much more.

Your recent outing Kapoor and Sons has garnered positive reviews. What was the best compliment you received?

I thank my fans for making ‘Kapoor and Sons’ special. I am overwhelmed by their love and support. It was a great experience working with Fawad Khan and Alia Bhatt and my other co-stars. The best compliment that any actor could get is for their performance. I am glad that my fans loved my acting in the film.

Tell us how did Bollywood happen?

I began my career with modelling at the age of 18  and became an actor    through a series of happy accidents. Selection by Elite Model Management Agency led to auditioning for a film which eventually didn’t go on floor. After this, I worked as an assistant director for Dharma Productions which gave me the opportunity to move  from behind the camera to the front. And since then  God has been  kind and there is no looking back.

From your first film to now, you seem to have a cute guy image. Do you intend to break it?

To begin with, I’ve just started my career and there is a lot to explore. As far as which zone or image breaking is concerned, it’s too early to comment. My most successful film (commercially) has been ‘Ek Villain’ which had me with grey shades, has done 100 crore business whereas my recent loved film ‘Kapoor and Sons’ has portrayed me in a soft character. I intend to do versatile roles and keep confusing viewers with successful films.

What kind of roles do you want to portray?

Anything that is challenging and outside my comfort zone. I would love to do a negative role or a double role.

When you associate yourself with a brand, what is the mantra you follow?

I am a true optimist and don’t believe in ever giving up. I constantly strive to try out new things, experiment, do the unexpected, and basically push the envelope a little. It’s always a pleasure to connect with iconic brands you have been in love with. This connects me to my recent outing with Coca-Cola India’s ‘Taste the Feeling’ campaign which plays on universal storytelling and everyday moments, where a teenage girl makes a cute move to impress a boy.

What are your upcoming projects?

Right now, I am shooting for my next venture ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ which will release on September 9. I will also be shooting for an untitled action film by Fox Productions.

As a celebrity, your personal life is always in the public domain. How do you deal with it?
I like to keep my personal life, personal. I would like my fans to know me through my body of work and I am always happy to receive feedback from them for my work.

A lot of Indian actors are now being recognised in the West. How do you see the phase?

These are exciting times with a lot of exciting opportunities. I am currently focusing on my work here in India. If everyone goes to Hollywood who will rule Bollywood?

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