How the Bol­ly­wood bug kept Sid­harth from quit­ting films

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

Sid­harth Mal­hota has re­vealed that he got his big break in Stu­dent of the Year (2012) only af­ter a long, of­ten dis­cour­ag­ing phase of strug­gle in Mum­bai. Mal­ho­tra, who hails from Delhi, did think about quit­ting the city and act­ing at times, but his love for the craft would drive all the doubts away.

“There were times when I thought of quit­ting, but I brushed those thoughts away and wanted to give it more time. I used to think that it might seem un­pro­duc­tive right [then], but the Bol­ly­wood bug had bit­ten me,” he says.

Mal­ho­tra, who has since gone on to be part of suc­cess­ful films such as Hasee Toh Phasee (2014), Kapoor & Sons (2016), and It­te­faq (2017), ex­plains why giv­ing up on his dreams wasn’t a op­tion. “I had noth­ing that was wait­ing for me back home. My fam­ily is not into busi­ness. We are a sim­ple mid­dle-class fam­ily. So, it wasn’t like they were wait­ing for me to come back and join the fam­ily busi­ness,” he says.

“What would I have done had I quit, and gone back? They were wor­ried that I would come back and sit un­em­ployed,” re­veals the 33year-old.

Six years and nine films old in the in­dus­try, the ac­tor has largely man­aged to stay away from con­tro­versy, un­til re­cently, when his com­ments on the Bho­jpuri lan­guage didn’t go down well with some. The is­sue is wa­ter un­der the bridge now, but Sid­harth stresses that it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand the in­ten­tions be­hind com­ments.

“Peo­ple have to un­der­stand the in­ten­tion be­hind things [that] hap­pen at gigs or re­al­ity shows. They do not know the twenty min­utes be­fore that part and what hap­pens twenty min­utes af­ter. The tonal­ity can get lost af­ter the edit. I think in­ten­tions mat­ter, as op­posed to mis­con­stru­ing what hap­pened,” he clar­i­fies.

PHOTO: SARANG GUPTA/HT

Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra says that not be­long­ing to a busi­ness fam­ily helped him look at his ini­tial strug­gle, pos­i­tively

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