Ever since he made his Bollywood debut with Student Of The Year (2012), Sidharth Malhotra has done a variety of characters. The actor likes to try his hand at different kinds of roles. As his latest release, Kapoor & Sons, garners the actor much appreciation, we talk to him about his journey, his upcoming films, and more.
You have been consistent in choosing films across genres. But which one do you relate to the most?
Today, in retrospect, if I am asked what [film] I enjoyed [doing] more, it will be Kapoor & Sons. And hats off to Shakun (Batra; director) for deciding to draw from the actors’ personalities, especially mine. [Before signing the film] when I looked back at the kind of work I’d done, I knew that most of it fell in the intense space. So it (his latest film), in a way, adds variety [to my craft].
Are you surprised with the feedback you have received for your new film?
I have experienced such a response for the first time; it’s a great high. I wish I get such reactions for every film I do. It’s like I have tasted blood now (smiles). Also, people have woken up to Shakun, who is very talented.
Are you competitive in nature?
I believe that you need to stand out. All of us (actors) can’t be clones of each other or replicate what others are doing in the industry. If every actor acted the same way, it would be really boring. That said, I think everyone has their own niche to carve out. There is a great luck factor to it as well. But from now on, I will have to justify what my luck and destiny have given me.
Watch the Kapoor & Sons trailer here
You are only four years old in Bollywood. Aren’t you sceptical about trying out different genres?
It takes time to build from zero. Sometimes people feel that I’m doing very diverse films. Maybe 10 years down the line, when you look back, that’s what will be appreciated, and hopefully, be a trend. While some people feel that I am best at action, others feel I am good at sweet, chocolate-boy kind of roles. So, I am really confused. I feel there is an audience for both.
You will be seen with Katrina Kaif in your new film…
Conceptually, the film is so fresh that the audience will appreciate the narrative. I am sure people will be excited to see us in a romantic movie. The movie has an epic feel to it. Our characters have travelled through different age groups and time zones.
Baar Baar Dekho first poster: Katrina, Sidharth have some fun
Have you become more confident about your craft now?
I had a lot of fun on the sets of Kapoor & Sons. For the first time, work didn’t feel like work. I think this is what you call having a little bit of experience. In my third film (Ek Villain; 2014), I had an intense, violent part. Then, during Brothers (2015), I was like, “Will I be able to match up to Akshay Kumar?” So, there were some fears. But in the case of Kapoor & Sons, I used whatever experience I have gained till now after working with a variety of directors to know what works for me, and what I need to do. In my latest film, I came on board with a different attitude.
Watch the Brothers trailer here
As an actor, which zone you enjoy the most — playing softer characters or doing intense roles?
It’s difficult to find a zone. I love both — hitting people on screen and playing lighter characters. I am happy that people are accepting me in a variety of roles. We hope that it will go on, so that there can be newer ways to perform and tell stories. Maybe that’s why some people with different mindsets come from outside and try to change the trend.
You made your debut with two industry kids — Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. Do industry kids have an advantage over people who are not from the industry?
There are two sides to it. After your first film, you are on your own, because people see your work and nothing else. So, in a way, you are backed only by your last release. We got launched on the biggest platform possible, and from then, all the criticism and love has been on the basis of our respective films. The only advantage that they (Alia and Varun) have is that they have a settled home. I might be the only actor living on his own, running a house on his own, and taking care of the day-to-day errands. It genuinely helps if you have a home in Bollywood; things become easier.
But aren’t you enjoying living a bachelor’s life?
I am happy living a bachelor’s life, but do I want other people in my house, who live a more normal life than me? Yes, I would like that. I already feel like the man of my house because there’s only my dog and me, and living alone comes with a lot of responsibilities. People have a feeling that we are in such a position that we have people working for us, which is true, but there is a difference.
How comfortable are you with the industry now?
It’s a new space for me, and I have to make it my own. It’s a catch-22 situation. But maybe, since I am an outsider, I am not answerable to many people. Sometimes, when I want to work with someone whom I don’t know, it takes you a while to show them what you are about. Eventually, everyone has to find their own journey. Being in the industry has made me mature faster than I would have liked. But, I miss the energy that I used to have back home, and being childlike.