He came in the industry as Munda Kukkad Kamaal Da, Phasaooed us so that we can show our Hasee, was fondly called Aye Villain by Shraddha Kapoor, got happily beaten up by his ‘Brother' Akshay Kumar and now plays the ‘Kapoor Son'. Well, yes. We are sure you would've guessed whom we are talking about by now. None other than Sidharth Malhotra, who spoke to us at length about his bonding on the sets, seeing failure, following a pattern yet trying to break it and more.
Here are some excerpts:
Leaving HASEE TOH PHASEE, you've done all two hero films...
I don't look at it like a two hero or ensemble. I look at a good or bad story. You can't be good in a bad film. So I choose good films. But yeah, this isn't a conscious effort. I have two releases which are totally solo. BAAR BAAR DEKHO has a lot of me (only me actually) and then an action film produced by Fox with a lot of me. I have co-incidentally done two brother-brother movies also back-to-back. So now I'm happy my next has only me romancing Katrina.
Akshay said that BROTHERS is ahead of its time and will get its status due after a few years. Do you agree with him?
Once it's out, we don't know what it's future is going to be. As actors, we have to move on from next film to the other. Hence I've not given it so much thought to be honest. Maybe after watching trailer, people come expecting there'll be action, but maybe they weren't prepared for the emotions it had. When somebody sees the movie with a clean mind after 3 years, they might just be prepared.
It was also your biggest flop and right after your biggest hit EK VILLAIN. So how does it feel?
'Don't want a library where I'm playing the lead, but the film is bad'
You can say hit or flop by money or perception aspect. BROTHERS did not lose money as such, like any of my other films. The investment wasn't double, but we recovered the cost. Yes we did lose out in perception like I just mentioned. As a filmmaker, I still feel Karan Malhotra is a great director. He has a handle on showing heroism like no other. He's like Subhash Ghai from a few years back. This is also a learning. I learnt that storytelling can matter. I still back the film.
You've also become a better dancer...
It took me a while to get into that zone and get my own style. Every actor takes a while for that. I've got the longest arms and limbs in the industry so it is tough and takes time.
So is the screen presence your focus when choosing a movie?
Not exactly, I'm just hoping for good content. Good scripts are very rare here so I don't care if it's bromance or anything else. As long as I have a good script, I want to do that film. I don't want a library where I'm playing the lead, but the film is bad.
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