Sidharth Malhotra, who became the talk of the town with his chiselled physique and perfect jawline after his Bollywood debut – Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year, turns 34 today. The actor began his career as a model at the age of 18, but dissatisfied with the profession, he went on to work as an assistant director to Karan Johar in the 2010 film My Name Is Khan. He made his acting debut with a leading role in Johar’s teen drama Student of the Year (2012), for which he received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut nomination.
Sidharth Malhotra was born in Delhi, India in a Punjabi Hindu family, to Sunil, a former captain in the Merchant Navy, and Rimma Malhotra, a homemaker. After completing his schooling at Delhi’s Don Bosco School and Birla Vidya Niketan, he graduated from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. In this picture, Sidharth Malhotra is seen with father Sunil Malhotra and mother Rimma Malhotra.
After bagging Karan Johar’s teen drama, the actor signed his second film, Hasee Toh Phasee which was released in 2014. His third film – Mohit Suri-directorial venture, was a romantic thriller. Ek Villain was perceived to be plagiarised from the Korean film I Saw the Devil, although Suri dismissed the allegations. The film eventually emerged as a major commercial success. The box office performance of the film established Malhotra as one of the most successful among the new generation of Bollywood actors.
But this was not all for the actor. Filled with his own ups and downs, the actor has also faced the box-office’s flake in 2015 when the actor appeared in the remake of the 2011 American film Warrior titled Brothers directed by Karan Malhotra and co-starring Akshay Kumar, Jacqueline Fernandez and Jackie Shroff. Despite high expectations from trade analysts, the film received negative reviews and underperformed at the box office.
Talking about failures and critics, Sidharth Malhotra said in an interview, “Well, I think film reviews don’t really help an actor to grow or improve creativity because their words and comments are black and white… They are always inching towards negative or positive. And I understand that for them, they mostly concentrate on the business potential of a film. Only constructive criticism can help us to grow as creative people, as actors. Therefore, I take any constructive assessment seriously when it comes from insiders of the fraternity.”
The actor further added, “These things matter for me to go to the next level. So, I take criticism seriously, depending on where it is coming from. ‘Kapoor & Sons’ earned more than Rs 100 crore at the box office and people and critics showered their praise on me. And then ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ happened. Now you understand… I do not live on my success and failure. It’s really temporary.”
“Our film ‘Brothers’ earned around Rs 85 crore at the box office. It is not a small number. So, calling the film a failure would be little unfair. But I accept that we couldn’t live up to the expectation set by ‘Baar Baar Dekho’. Such things happen… As a young actor, I will choose the script that won’t work at times and I will learn something out of that as well,” Sid concluded.
In his seven-year-long career, Sidharth Malhotra has featured in a romantic comedy, a thriller, a sports drama and a murder mystery. Talking about his various choices and working in different genres Sidharth said that his films clearly shows his greed for good content. The actor says he always wanted to explore new things in his career and is happy with the way his journey in films has turned out be.
In an earlier interview, Sidharth Malhotra said: “This is the period where I am hungry for content more than the money aspect of what I would get from a film. If your filmography is interesting and has enough variations and you are not trying to sell something typical, whether it does well or not is secondary, what matters is exploring new things.”
“I have never done films for money, brands of course (is for money). I have never buckled with a producer or director for a film. I did films because I wanted to be part of a film. I have never made an issue of what I get paid as an actor. For me it depends on the budget of the film, you want to be more sensitive as well to the producer, it is a business after all,” Sidharth added.