‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ actor Sidharth Malhotra talks about his recently released flick, his mentor and his dreams.
So, instead of asking you how are you feeling after a thunderous response to ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’, let me ask – Are you happy with your bank balance?
(Laughs) I am pretty happy with the way my money is in the banks. But you’ll have to ask my manager as she is answering most of my calls for work. I can’t complain. Second film is important and it was very positive. For me it was getting beyond that ‘good looking boy’ thing. Audiences had the impression that most male models can’t act but I am here to prove them wrong and I have with ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’.
Has the feedback been different compared to your first movie?
Yes it has been different. People who I don’t even know have been pleasantly surprised by seeing me far more comfortable, at ease and far more relaxed. The ‘Kukkad’ image has gone for a toss (laughs). They didn’t expect this. They observe the minutest of the nuances. It’s an amazing feeling.
And your first solo release too.
Oh yes! It was, wasn’t it? It’s a big relief when someone can tolerate you for two and a half hours, holding the scene on your own, delivering dialogues, etc. There is an audience who can see me for two hours plus and I am content. It’s the choices that I make from here on that will really matter.
Your contemporaries, one of them being Ranbir Kapoor, are making different choices of movies. Will you be treading the same path as well?
If I were given the option I’d love to. But I haven’t reached that point in my professional life that I can approach top directors to cast me in their movies. I can only choose from what I get. I am lucky that films like ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ and ‘The Villain’ came this early in my career. This year will surprise people even further. I don’t think I need to look what I looked in ‘Student of the Year’. Hats off to Ranbir for doing ‘Barfi’ with no dialogues at all. No young actor would’ve agreed to do that I’m sure. Even ‘Rocket Singh’. To play a Sardarji throughout the film with beard was a shocker. He was lucky to have scripts like that. I am struggling to get content like that. Once you become monotonous, you becoming boring as an actor.
Do you approach your mentor Karan Johar for vital decisions regarding your movies?
If I call him, he’s always available to give his inputs unbiased. But even with ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ he told me to read the script first and then asked for my opinion. He wants me, Varun and Alia to make continued…