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Sidharth Malhotra: Failure handles you more than you handle failure, because there is no choice

Actor Sidharth Malhotra says both success and failure are two sides of the same coin, and the more quickly one understands it, the better it is.

bollywood Updated: Jan 16, 2018 17:46 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
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Actor Sidharth Malhotra will be seen next in Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary.(IANS)

One needs to accept both success and failure, feels Sidharth Malhotra. The actor is of the opinion that the earlier one learns to handle both, the better it is. Sidharth, who is looking forward to the release of Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary, went through a low phase when two of his films — Baar Baar Dekho (2016) and A Gentleman (2017) — did not do well. But then Ittefaq (2017) happened, and with that he got a hit.

On coping with the pressure of failed films, the 32-year-old actor says, “I feel failure handles you more than you handle failure, because there is no choice. When things don’t work the way you want them to, you need to accept it (the situation). Failure is a learning experience.” In fact Malhotra feels that his failures have prompted him to introspect. “When films work, you tend to take it much easier, than when they don’t. So, failure actually pushes you to make choices that you wouldn’t have made otherwise. It also makes you work harder on your craft, scenes and scripts.”

Sidharth shares how Ittefaq came as relief during that time. “It was a great encouragement in terms of performance and I think I have realised that is how the life of an actor is — you can’t have an amazing run always. Life will be a bunch of ups and downs; it’s better not to be upset with the failure or too happy for success, as both are short lived. Now, I have experienced both, and feel pretty equipped to handle everything,” he adds with poise.

Asked how he reacts to box office results, the actor says that he is particular about how his film fares. “Eventually business is important and I won’t deny getting affected if a film does not make money. But as I said, now I accept what happens. At times the unexpected also happens — for Ittefaq, we were looking to do good work... Logon ko kaam pasand aaye. (We wanted people to like what we had made). We weren’t really looking at the box office results. Had it been a flashy film, we would have expected a lot at the box office, but still Ittefaq did well. So, I think every film deserves a different expectation,” Sidharth says.

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First Published: Jan 16, 2018 17:46 IST