MUMBAI — Six years ago, when Sidharth Malhotra was working as an assistant director on Karan Johar’s “My Name Is Khan,” cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran was the man behind the camera.

As fate would have it, Malhotra’s “Baar Baar Dekho,” his next film, has also been shot by the same director of photography.

Sharing an experience from the first day of his shoot, Malhotra narrated: “Now, after six years, I am doing a full-fledged solo-hero film with him. This time, I was in front of the camera, and he was behind it. It was an unbelievable moment on the first day of the shoot when Mr. Chandran said, ‘Sir, thoda left (Sir, please move a bit to the left)!’ I thought, ‘Sir?’ I was given so much respect!”

Malhotra adds: “That made me think of where I had begun... I felt touched yet gratified. Whenever I feel that I am a little comfortable in front of the camera or with my career, I recall that moment to feel great.”

The new film stars Katrina Kaif.

After at least one flop each for contemporaries Arjun Kapoor (“Finding Fanny,” “Tevar”), Varun Dhawan (“Dilwale”) and Ranveer Singh (Lootera,” “Kill/Dil”), Malhotra is the only GenY big name who still has a flop-free record after five films or more, as even “Hasee Toh Phasee” and “Brothers” broke even and made a small profit. His last film, “Kapoor and Sons,” ranks at present among the four big hits of 2016 along with “Airlift,” “Neerja” and “Baaghi.”

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