Variety is his spice

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Feb 2018 12:37:59


Having started his career with romantic films, Sidharth Malhotra is now looking forward to do characters that have depth and help him grow as an actor. 

The 33-year-old actor says at this point in his career, he wants to take risks. “Deep-rooted characters like in Ittefaq or Aiyaary, had lot of depth, which I personally like. and I think you just grow (as actor). I think to do just a love story becomes sightly frivolous.

“If you do not have crutches of a love story, then the character has multiple layers and can take you on a different journey in a film,” Sidharth told PTI.
In his five-year-long career in Bollywood, Sidharth has played varied characters and the actor says there is always an attempt to do something “non-typical”.

“Being versatile in India is a trend, where no one actor is known for a particular kind of a role or film and in my own small way, I am trying to mould myself into playing a soft and tough part. I am definitely challenging myself and going against the grain. I am trying to do something non typical. I yearn for something that is unique, something that no one has done before and opens up a different horizon,” he adds.
Critics have lauded his performance in Ittefaq and his next release Aiyaary looks promising as well. The Neeraj Pandey directed film is about a mentor and protege, played by Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth, respectively.

In real life, the young actor considers Karan Johar his mentor, but at the same time says eventually one has to work hard on their own. “After a point, you don’t need a mentor. Karan Johar launched us initially and gave us an opportunity, but then we all (referring to himself, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt) are on our own, making our own decisions. There is no particular formula. I just follow my instincts.”

For the first time, the Student of the Year actor is seen as an Army officer onscreen and he says it is a role close to his heart as his grandfather was into Army. “Unfortunately, I did not get much time to be with my grandfather. But my father has lived that life and he is looking forward to see me in this avatar in the film,” he said.

The film is headlined by a host of talented actors like Bajpayee, Naseeruddin Shah, Adil Hussain, but Sidharth had scenes only with Bajpayee.
Talking about his experience of working with him, Sidharth said: “When I asked him if he could share some of his knowledge with me, he took out time and (shared) acting tips. He is very nuanced with the craft. It is something I will use it in my next film.”

Sidharth Malhotra says he has matured and can emote better onscreen with his understanding of the craft after acting in 10 films.

“There is a certain sense of understanding of the craft that I have gained over all these films. I think, as an individual, I can feel the change of energy and confidence that I have from my debut film to the present time. Now, I am more equipped to handle various shades of emotions that I have earned from the experience of life,” Sidharth told IANS.

He went on to say: “I have been staying here in Mumbai for a long time now. I have seen life... experience counts. The more I worked, the more I understood how to translate emotion onscreen. My body language has improved in action sequences with every film; from Ek Villain to A Gentleman I have become more confident.”
Directed by Neeraj Pandey, Aiyaary is set to release on February 16.