Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra. (Manav Manglani photo)

NEW DELHI — In a recent interview with IANS, actor Sidharth Malhotra spoke about being guarded, surviving in the Bollywood industry, and why he only signs one film at a time.

The gossip mills are always abuzz with rumors of his relationship with Alia Bhatt, but Malhotra has always chosen to stay mum about it. The actor says he prefers to be guarded about his personal life and prefers to let his work do the talking.

Asked why he is so guarded about his personal life, Malhotra told IANS in an email interview: “I am here for my work, and my work speaks to my audience. At home, I am a private person, and I like keeping it that way; maybe that is why I come out as being guarded about my personal life.”

The “Ek Villain” star, who has no Bollywood connection, started his career as an assistant director in Karan Johar’s 2010 film “My Name Is Khan.” As an actor, the former model made his debut with the 2012 film “Student of the Year,” which also starred Bhatt.

Coming from a non-Bollywood background, how difficult is it for an actor to survive in showbiz, where there is cut-throat competition every day?

“Since I started my career in Bollywood as an assistant director, I had the knowledge about how films are made and the kind of efforts that go into making one. The past four years in the industry have been spectacular,” Malhotra said. 

Appreciation motivates him to work harder, he added.

The 31-year-old, in his four-year journey in tinsel town, has worked in films like “Hasee Toh Phasee,” “Ek Villain,” “Brothers” and “Kapoor and Sons.”

Asked why actors only sign one film at a time nowadays, the actor, who was brought up in New Delhi, shared, “It is very essential as an actor to be a perfectionist and have a knack for doing different roles over a period of time to keep their fans entertained.” 

He says personally, he likes “to focus on one script at a time and do justice to the role and the movie I take up.”

But be it Abhimanyu Singh from “Student of the Year,” Guru Pratap Singh from “Ek Villain” or Arjun Kapoor from “Kapoor and Sons,” Malhotra has mostly played roles with a romantic streak.

On why today’s films in the romantic genre are not able to break the image of Bollywood’s blockbusters like “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” and “Maine Pyaar Kiya,” Malhotra said: “‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ and ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ are all-time favorite Bollywood classics. However, we have seen a paradigm shift in the audience preferences for versatile scripts.” 

He feels that the audience today is more open to unconventional stories and characters and have the option to explore different content they want to watch on the silver screen. 

Malhotra is now gearing up for his upcoming film “Baar Baar Dekho,” directed by Nitya Mehra, which also stars actress Katrina Kaif. 

The actor will also be seen sharing screen space with actress Jacqueline Fernandez for a yet untitled film, as well as in a remake of the 1969 film “Ittefaq.”

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