Ac­tor Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra dis­misses re­ports that he’s dat­ing ac­tor Alia Bhatt

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Ac­tor Alia Bhatt, 22, may have re­ferred to ac­tor Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra, 30, as her “boyfriend” in a re­cent in­ter­view. How­ever, even as re­ports of a ro­man­tic link be­tween the two grow stronger, Sid­harth de­nies hav­ing an af­fair with her.

A re­port said that Alia cried on watch­ing her ‘boyfriend’ Sid­harth’s new film…

Where has it come out? I have no clue. Yes, she was at the screen­ing. And she did feel bad dur­ing the cli­max scene – which was her favourite she told me – and felt the pain when I broke my shoul­der. I am tak­ing it as a com­pli­ment that I could make some­body feel the pain when I was ‘ly­ing’ on screen.

Is the ‘boyfriend’ part also true?

There’s truth to her cry­ing bit, but there’s no truth to the boyfriend bit (smiles). I just know that she came for the screen­ing, en­joyed it and cried at the end.

When you were asked ques­tions about Alia re­cently, you said you are a ‘pro­fes­sional’ liar. What does that mean?

I think all ac­tors are pro­fes­sional liars. Some­one asked me, ‘are you see­ing Alia?’ So I said, ‘of course. I am. I have seen so much of her while shoot­ing in Coonoor with her for our latest film. We had a great time and shot af­ter many years.’ But aren’t ac­tors pro­fes­sion­ally ly­ing on screen? If I kill a per­son in EK Vil­lian (2014), I didn’t kill him for real.

So ‘pro­fes­sional’ liar works in real life too?

The ‘pro­fes­sional’ liars bit isn’t part of my real life. But yes, it does when you ask about my per­sonal life (smiles).

Where do you see your­self five years from now?

It’s too early to say any­thing. Even I am fig­ur­ing it out. But the fun part is the jour­ney to go through dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences, films and learn to try and push it fur­ther. I am aim­ing for much more than the sky. I am ex­tremely am­bi­tious and driven.

There’s no truth to the boyfriend bit (smiles). I just know that she came for the screen­ing, en­joyed it and cried at the end Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra, ac­tor

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