Siddharth Malhotra is one actor who knows the price of success and is willing to work towards it. He first worked as an assistant director to Karan Johar’s “My Name is Khan”. He then went onto make his debut with “Student of the year” and after that there was no looking back. The actor then went onto star in myriad of films like “Kapoors&Sons”, “Ek Villan”, “Hasee Toh Phasee”. In a candid chat with Pranati Sharma, from Cinespeaks, the actor speaks at length about his movie and lot more. Read on…..
Who is Siddharth Malhotra in real life?
He is a mixture of three Sunder, Susheel and Risky. Nobody is one particular thing. One question is not enough for a lifetime to know me.
How is Jacqueline Fernandez as a co-star?
She is one of the nicest co-stars I have ever met. She is always in a positive mood and when she is around the sets her mood certainly affects yours. She is infectious. We share a great friendship and the fact that both of us get along is evident from the trailer of the film.
You play two different characters Gaurav and Risky. Was it difficult for you to switch among those?
This is the first time I am playing two different characters. You have to understand the difference between the two characters, keep them alive. Giving not much on the story, it is not a typical double role film. The two characters are so different. One is extremely sober and the other is aggressive. It was fun to play two roles in same film. There is more work for an actor.
Which of them do you relate the most?
I think I am definitely not Gaurav. He is very ambitious. His dreams are very ordeal. He is an NRI and he goes to a 9-5 job. He knows to cook. He has a very secured life with everything set. He has a mini van in for his family, a house. I couldn’t relate to that. Rishi I like more as he is aggressive, jumps of the building with leather jackets.
Did you train yourself for the action?
I did take a lot of training for the action. A French choreographer Siril Raffire trained me for the action. He trained me in a lot of hand to hand combat, a lot of action. I have scars for this kind of film and that is going to stay for life. I had a lot of bruises and scars. I enjoyed it thoroughly. But it is a part and parcel of doing an action film where injuries keep happening.
What kind of changes did you bring about in your physicality’s?
I just lost a few kilos. I got fitter but there was no major transformation.We had tacos to make it look fitter and lean. I took like 6 months of the traning.We shot body shots in Mumbai and Goa. Itt was a bit difficult but then I hope people like the physicality of the character.
The action in the film looks sleek. How was your experience shooting for it?
The action in our film is real and there is nothing larger than life image. There is no substitute. All the action is done by me. Standing on the of the 60 storeyed building or punching. I think we have kept it little more real. If I fall down in the film there are reactions of pain are real. There is no anti gravity action and whatever it is, the authenticity is maintained to the core.
Apart from action there is a comedy element in it and with comedy being considered as a difficult genre, how did you go about with it?
In this it became easier as it was already written in the script. The characters don’t make a deliberate attempt to make people laugh. When you perform for a comedy film, it doesn’t mean you have to be serious. So its more contemporary kind of film.
Three songs in the movie are released. Which is your favourite song?
I love the song “Bandook meri laila” if you have heard it in the trailer, you would know. Sachin-Jigar has done a great job and I love the track to the core. It is very upbeat and lifts up your mood instantly. I have rapped in it for the first time.
You showcased your dancing skills in every movie. Do you consciously choose such movies?
I love dancing a lot. I like hindi movie dancing a lot. The film requires it and people totally enjoy it. Be it Kala Chasma which is an upbeat song I love to explore my dancing skills to a great extent. Chandralekha is one song where I have explored my dancing potential to the best. I am only the one dancing and Jacqueline is doing the pole dancing and was totally mesmerized in it.
How do you react to the linkup rumors with your co-stars?
I am always ok with it. Apart from Akshay Kumar we are linked to all of them. I feel bad for Akshay Kumar.
The industry lately is seeing a lot of double role characters in films. Do you really feel there is a need for “judwaa” characters?
My film has set the ball rolling. But it’s not only about the dual characters, there is a lot more to it. You will know it when you watch the film. It is not a fair comparison because when you talk about the other films which have a lot of confusion but here it is a case of mistaken identity. Once you see the film, you will be in a better position to compare. It is an out and out action film that stands out.
Your last film “Baar baar dekho” unfortunately did not do well. Do you have any kind of pre release jitters?
It’s just like a bad day at work. You come from outside and want to make it big in the city. When things don’t go my way, it kind of charges me up much more to do better. Having said that it makes you work much harder. I generally believe I am just competing myself. But I am pretty gung-ho and excited about this film.