A few days ago, it was reported that Ekta Kapoor and director Mohit Suri were set to team up for an action film. Now, the latest news is that Student Of The Year (SOTY) actor Sidharth Malhotra has been finalised to play the lead in the high-flying action extravaganza, tentatively titled, The Villian.
Ekta plans to show Sidharth in the angry young man avtaar. “Sidharth was always the first choice, as both Ekta and Mohit were looking for a tall, rugged and good-looking actor. Plus, Ekta’s mother was impressed by Sidharth’s performance in SOTY,” says an industry insider. “Sidharth has become popular among the youth after SOTY. He has the appeal, looks and intensity to carry a commercial action-romantic thriller on his shoulders. He is tomorrow’s angry young man, and we believe that he is the right choice for this film,” says Tanuj Garag, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures.
ekta, on her part, feels that sidharth will fill the void left by actors such as shah rukh khan and emraan hashmi. “a number of our heroes started out their film career playing the angry young man or the bad boy, and that worked wonders for them. but for a long time now, that space has been empty, and we feel sidharth will fill that slot well,” she says.
The female lead of the film is not yet finalised. “The movie will also have a strong villainous character for which the casting will be done in a few days. Also, the makers are yet to decide on the female lead. They have two to three names in mind,” adds the insider.
The film will go on the floors after Sidharth wraps up Karan Johar’s production, Hansi Toh Phasi, in which he is paired with Parineeti Chopra. With The Villain, Mohit — who got married to Udita Goswami a few days back — will be seen stepping out of the Bhatt camp and working with Balaji for the first time.