Deepika Padukone seems to be on everyone’s mind. Directors want to cast her; and her male colleagues can’t seem to stop gushing about her.
After alleged boyfriend Ranveer Singh, who talked about the chemistry they share, it’s now young actor Sidharth Malhotra’s turn.
Fresh off a successful second film, here he talks about wanting to kiss Deepika and working with her as a model. And he almost reveals that they might be working together soon.
In a recent interview, you said you want to kiss Deepika.
I have learnt that all questions need not be answered (laughs).
But, on Karan Johar’s TV show, you said it again.
Deepika is hot and attractive, so why not? I feel, on screen, our kiss would look convincing.
We hope you haven’t got a warning call from Ranveer Singh.
No, Ranveer didn’t call me (smiles). But we are talking professionally.
It seems you have known Deepika from your modelling days.
We did a photo shoot for Tarun Tahiliani (designer) years ago. Also, we met during a couple of ramp shows we both did. But we weren’t great friends then. Also, it was a long time back — eight to 10 years ago — we were both young.
Any plans of working together?
It’s up to directors and producers. It’d be interesting to work together as actors now. There is a project which requires… so there is a possibility. I will find out in a month’s time.
Among the younger actors, you’re the only one who doesn’t seem to be dating anyone?
There is someone, actually (pauses, then smiles)… I believe there are (interesting) women outside the industry, too. And it’s refreshing to hang out with somebody who isn’t from the same profession.
So, you are 'hanging out' with someone?
There are friends (smiles), but no one that special.
What’s the official relationship status?
Officially, I’m not dating anyone.
Do you think ‘alleged relationships’ work to an actor’s advantage, by keeping them in the news?
It might work in the short term, but not in the long run.
Did you feel more pressure with Hasee Toh Phasee than with Student Of The Year?
Yes, this time, the pressure was to prove my acting skills and whether I can sustain a solo venture. In Student Of The Year, we had Karan Johar and he made up for everything else. So yes, there was pressure, creatively, but I wasn’t thinking about the box office.
Now that people have praised your performance, you must be relieved.
Absolutely. I was tense because it was my first solo film. I was thinking, ‘have I done the part convincingly?’, ‘are people looking beyond just a good-looking boy’ or ‘are they noticing my acting talent?’ Now, I am far more relaxed.
With your first film, you were tagged as a ‘good-looking boy’. Was it frustrating to be called that?
Yes, it is. In a country like ours, people equate the fact that you are in movies only because you are good-looking. Then they don’t focus on acting but on hair, clothes and other superficial things. While working on HTP I was consciously trying to change that perception.
You said that you feel more ‘responsible’ as an actor now.
Yes, because we can’t complain about the kind of launch we had with Karan Johar — great packaging and exposure. Now, it’s our responsibility to perform and give quality performances. At least for me, I feel responsible because Karan could have chosen anyone among lakhs of people.