Sidharth Malhotra first came under the radar for his boy-next-door good looks in 2012’s Student of the Year, which garnered with a loyal female fan following across the world. Soon, he began evolving as an actor, delivering films such as Hasee Toh Phasee, Ek Villain, Brothers and the very recent, Kapoor & Sons. Yet, Sidharth remains humble as ever, claiming that he is simply trying to tap into his potential and make his space in Bollywood.
For Sidharth, his work speaks for his talent and passion itself. “Our films speak for ourselves and what we have to offer. But having said that, there are so many things I want to do and can explore. Somethings that will be very different from what I am doing right now,” Sidharth told IANS in an interview at the recent Lakme Fashion Week. “I am just trying to make my space and stand up in Bollywood. I am still in the process of understanding what all I can do with my profession in terms of acting, and where I can push myself. There is a lot more to come,” he added.
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A point to be noted is that debuting with a mega project directed by Karan Johar has not always been a smooth sail. As a former model, Sidharth had his own share of struggle before his big break. In fact, the 31-year-old feels his modelling days have been a great learning experience for him. “I have fond memories of making my pocket money from photo shoots and fashion shows in Delhi. I cherish those moments and all the fun I had during my modelling days,” said Sidharth, who walked the ramp for designer Kunal Rawal at the fashion gala.
Still riding high on the success of his most recent hit Kapoor & Sons, Sidharth claimed that the film’s impressive box office run has contributed to his career a lot. “The film has added a lot of success to my career. I think this is the maximum stuff that I have got so far,” he shared. “Hats off to the director Shakun Batra — he is the real hero. From start to finish, the film is complete. It is not dependent on one character, one part, one actor, a first half or the second half. It’s a complete film. If everybody could relate to it and connect with the story, I think that’s all we can ask for the film and we got it,” he added.
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The actor impressed the attendees at the fashion week with his confident and composed catwalk during Rawal’s show. When asked about his personal style statement, Sidharth said he always takes care of his selection of clothes whenever he steps out. “I am in an industry where you don’t have to try too hard. I used to try a lot in college but now it is less.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2016.
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