Sidharth Malhotra is all set to prove that he is more than a clothes horse with Kapoor & Sons. The actor’s spirits haven’t been doused by the fact that Brothers, co-starring Akshay Kumar, didn’t live up to the huge expectations. He enthusiastically talks about why he doesn’t think twice before doing two-hero films, his film with Katrina Kaif, his dream co-stars, and why there are good chances of people seeing Baar Baar Dekho more than once.
Four years after Student Of the Year (2012), the forthcoming Kapoor and Sons is your second film with Alia Bhatt. How was it different?
It is good that people are happy with our on-screen chemistry. It was great fun to work with her again. When we shot for Student of the Year, Alia used to struggle with her Hindi, but now it was a lot easier for her. She can improvise while acting. We didn’t enjoy shooting for Student Of The Year as much as we did for this film because that was our first movie.
Did you know much about Fawad Khan before co-starring with him in Kapoor and Sons?
I had not seen any of Fawad Khan’s serials; I met him only on the sets of Kapoor & Sons. He gives his all; he is very involved in the process of acting. He is open to opinions and gives feedback too. Shooting for a drunken scene with Fawad was the best moment while shooting for Kapoor & Sons. The film is not a triangle; I am not fighting for Alia (in the film). It is very difficult to sell a movie without showing the love aspect, but all the characters have around 20% stake in this film’s story.
Except for Hasee Toh Phasee (2014), all your films have been two-hero films. Why?
I don’t look at a film as a two-hero film or an ensemble film; all I look for is a good script. So I don’t hesitate to sign two-hero films. In my next film, Baar Baar Dekho, you will get to see a lot of me. I am happy that I am romancing Katrina Kaif in the next film and there is no brother in it.
What went wrong with your previous film, Brothers (2015)?
When people watched the trailer of our film, they expected it to be an out and out action film, they didn’t expect it to be so high on emotions. But today if somebody watches it with an open mind, they might like the film.
Would you concede that Brothers was a flop?
The term ‘flop’ is merely a perception. I think the producers of Brothers did not lose their money. Yes, we did not take in double the investment, but it was not a flop. As an actor, I feel that Karan Malhotra is a great director and nobody can display heroism like him. He is the modern Subhash Ghai. Both Akshay sir and myself believed in the script of Brothers. I learnt a lot from the film as it was something new for me.
Would you be game to play a villain?
Why not? A negative role would be very interesting if I get a good script on the lines of Darr (1993). I would also love to play a double role in a film.
Which heroines are on your wish list?
Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma are two actors I have not worked with, so yes, given the right script, I would love to work with them.
Does your next film, Baar Baar Dekho belong to the science fiction genre?
Baar Baar Dekho is a pure love story. India has never seen a story like Baar Baar Dekho — it is the story of a guy who gets to see his journey of life. I play a character who goes from 20 years old to 60 years old. I was approached before Katrina Kaif for the film. It is a difficult script and hopefully, we actors have done justice to it.