After a dream debut in Karan Johar’s Student of the Year (SOTY), former model and Delhi boy, Sidharth Malhotra is preparing for his second release next week. He will be seen as one half of an odd couple (with Parineeti Chopra) in Hasee Toh Phasee. Excerpts from an interview with the student who’s ready to graduate to the big league:
Is there more pressure to prove yourself in your second film?
I was a wreck during SOTY because of its sheer scale and the thought that I was doing a Karan Johar film. Being an outsider, the whole experience overwhelmed and distracted me. I feel I was far more focussed and relaxed in my second film. I would like to believe that it is a more well-rounded performance. If I pull off this and my next film (Villain) this year, then I think I will prove my mettle as an actor.
What do you think is the USP of your pairing with Parineeti?
Our chemistry onscreen works and our director, Vinil Mathew, incorporated what he saw of our personalities into the script. The USP is how two odd people with different characters are so sweet together. Vinil is not portraying us as aspirational, but as two odd characters.
What are you enjoying most about stardom?
This industry gives so much back: you get recognised, feel special, lucky and blessed. It has made me more humble because I was not expecting this. Though it has made me more relaxed, content and happy, I have also become less complacent. Working hard comes with every job and I have to live up to my launch, which I am prepared to do.
What is the downside of fame?
You get less and less time for yourself and have more pressure to perform as a human being because you have to be nice to everyone – from a stranger on the road to a big director. You have to be careful not to offend anyone, and perform even when the camera is off.