How Sidharth Malhotra turned action hero for ‘A Gentleman’

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It is safe to say that Sidharth Malhotra has gone through a transformation of late. Malhotra is the modern day blockbuster hero. When he was launched onto the big screen with the much acclaimed ‘Student of the Year’ (2012) by Karan Johar, who knew that Malhotra would be the breakout hero trying out some of the most original roles in Bollywood. In ‘Student of Year’, Malhotra played the love struck Abhimanyu who falls for the most popular girl in school Shanaya (Alia Bhatt) ensuring a rivalry in the school. Malhotra has matured since, both in his acting talent and his choice of roles. As Malhotra releases his seventh film ‘A Gentleman’ this weekend, BizAsiaOnline.com looks back at the various roles he has played.

Nikhil in ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ (2014)
In ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’, Malhotra played Nikhil, a hopeless romantic who never seemed to find success in life and wanted love guaranteed. Malhotra was adorable as Nikhil, conflicted in the love for his fiancé and having to look after his fiance’s sister Karishma (Parineeti Chopra).

Guru in ‘Ek Villian’ (2014)
Guri in ‘Ek Villian’ was one of Malhotra’s grittiest roles to date. When Guru’s lover is killed by a serial killer, he makes it his mission in life to find her killer and take revenge. Guru was an incredibly serious and hard hitting role and Malhotra did incredibly well, undertaking many of the action sequences himself.

Monty Fernandes in ‘Brothers’ (2015)
Malhotra played Monty, estranged brother to David (Akshay Kumar) who he ends up fighting in a street fight. Malhotra trained extensively for the role as a boxer, with a rigorous training regime with Jujitsu and Aikido and excelled on screen as the angry fighter.

Arjun in ‘Kapoor and Sons’ (2016)
‘Kapoor and Sons’ was a critically acclaimed film for Malhotra which depicted family drama on a very real scale. In ‘Kapoor and Sons’, Malhotra played Arjun, who is seen as the most frivolous in the family and his ambitions are not taken seriously by his family. He was a fun loving character in the film, a stark contrast to the more serious Rahul (Fawad Khan).

Jai in ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ (2016)
In ‘Baar Baar Dekho’, Malhotra played Jai, a character travelling through time seeing how his life turned out if he backed of marriage. He is conflicted throughout the movie but it was interesting to see Malhotra attempt a different style of movie, ageing throughout the film too.

Malhotra is showing off his acting talents as he grows in Bollywood and ‘A Gentlemen’ promises to be no different. It is rumoured that he is a playing a double role so it will be interesting to see him in this new phase of his career.

‘A Gentlemen’ releases on Friday 25th August 2017

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