Sidharth Malhotra: “Fame is short-lived & I don’t want to fake it”

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Sidharth Malhotra admits that despite becoming a successful actor since his debut in ‘Student of the Year’ (2012), his mind is constantly swinging between the Delhi boy who dreamt big and the Bollywood actor who is delighted to have arrived but always expected to be in character.

In an interview Malhotra said, according to TOI, “It’s the pressure of performing when the cameras are turned off that bothers me. Fame is short-lived and I don’t want to fake it.” He went on to say, “I have lived 25 years of my life doing fun things but now if I spend time with close friend or even family, it is up for conversation. I understand it’s the nature of my job, but I’m still that Delhi boy who doesn’t want everything he does to get published because he believes he’s big sh*t. That’s a terrible space to be in and I never want stardom to go to my head. So I go from Delhi boy to Bollywood actor over and over in my head.”

Malhotra admits that his approach to doing films is also different from his colleagues because of his ‘outsider status’. Topics like how much more money he’s earning than competition is a nonissue. “Everything makes me feel fortunate,” asserts the star, who has just wrapped up Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s action-thriller, ‘Reload’, which he insists is not a sequel to ‘Bang Bang’ (2014) which starred Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif. He goes into detail about his experience when making the movie. “The stunts were high-voltage with respect to the hand-to-hand combats. French action director Cyril Raffaelli (who’s choreographed action sequences of Hollywood films like ‘Transporter’ and ‘District 13’), flew down to train me so I get the body language right. The action is highly stylised, there is a lot happening in cramped spaces like streets, restaurants, bars and even a shop.”

In the first week of February, he starts the remake of Yash Chopra’s 1969 murder mystery, ‘Ittefaq,’ which will mark the directorial debut of Ravi Chopra’s son Abhay. “Dharma Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment are coming together and that makes it a film with a lot of metal. You can expect something different and special,” he promises.

‘Reload’ releases in August this year.

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