Sidharth Malhotra started his Bollywood journey three years ago with Student Of The Year (SOTY; 2012). Today, he is considered one of the most sought-after names among the younger crop of actors in the industry. Right now, Sidharth is busy working on his upcoming films, one of which is being produced by Karan Johar. Talking about the comfort level he shares with the film-maker, the actor says, “Before getting my first break as an actor, I had worked with Karan as an assistant director (on My Name Is Khan; 2010). He is my mentor, and I’ve learnt a lot from him. Because of the equation I share with him, working with him is a little easier.”
Sidharth, who has done only four Bollywood films so far, says he likes to be “selective” about his work. “I like to focus more on the kinds of roles I want to do. As new actors, I don’t think we need to constantly take up projects just to be in the limelight. It’s always good to focus on qualitative work,” he says.
In India, Bollywood stars are always in the public eye. Ask Sidharth if being in the spotlight all the time bothers him, and the actor says, “I started my career as a model. Then, I became an assistant director, which was followed by acting. Life in Bollywood is always very active, but that doesn’t mean I miss my personal life. Whenever I feel it’s getting too much, I take a break, and spend time with my family.” He adds, “Having said that, like everyone else, even I love to be in the public eye.”
While making a mark in B-Town is strenuous, and involves a lot of struggle, Sidharth says that though he had to work very hard, he didn’t face too many hardships. “My journey was full of hard work and perseverance. There are so many things that are yet to be achieved. I want to do my best,” he says, adding, “There are many opportunities for newcomers in Bollywood.”
Recently, Sidharth had taken a break from his shooting schedule to go to New Zealand for work. “It’s a beautiful country. It can make anyone feel at home. I will definitely visit this country again,” he says.