Shershaah fame actor Sidharth Malhotra successfully completed his 10 years in the industry and spoke about his journey in a recent interview. “I’m learning to surrender now,” said Sidharth Malhotra.
“In my life, whatever I’ve planned has not really panned out within that time frame. I’m a man who’s trying to make a plan but eventually I have realised that God or destiny had other plans for me. So, I’m learning to surrender now,” the actor said in a statement told PTI.
In the late 2000s, the actor tried his luck in Mumbai but the project never materialized. “I thought I cracked it at such a young age. But that film never took off. So that plan did not work out okay. And then I was out of a job in Bombay. I was thinking that I’ll make some pocket money in modelling and that plan only worked out for a few months. Then, I was out of a job again and struggling to survive in Bombay. I never planned to be an assistant director but I became one. Life has taught me so much,” the Delhi-born actor added.
“Hard work, blood and sweat” is how the actor would sum up his first decade in the industry. It’s an extremely demanding profession contrary to what people think that we live a very glamorous life. It takes a lot to showcase emotions on screen and that too different emotions every few months. I have so many moments to be grateful for. Coming from Delhi and penetrating into an alien industry, leaving behind my family. I have to be grateful because I feel wherever I would land up, it’ll be a little bit more than where I started off from,” he said.
Sidharth Malhotra have chiseled his skills and grown as a performer in the past10 years.
“I feel the filmmaker in me has grown. The actor in me has learned so much. I feel I finally have a voice. I can voice my personality or my viewpoints now much better in the filmmaking language. Maybe because I was an assistant director, I have that ‘keeda’ (bug) in me to be creatively involved in other aspects.”
He now realized the meaning of success in its truest sense. “I realised that the true value for any actor is when his scenes or films are remembered beyond time. When people meet me now and if they would tell me a scene from Hasee Toh Phasee or Kapoor & Sons, that is the true wealth. The number and the business aspect kind of fizzles out over the years. The true test for any actor is how many people remember your work.”
“With Shershaah, the kind of love I got and still get is extremely gratifying. It’s something that makes me realise that this is what we are working for,” he added with much gratitude.
The actor talked about how he gained insights from the film that did not resonate well with the audience.
“I try to react instinctively to every script and every story. So, there are no regrets. I work equally hard for every film. The result of it is something that is obviously not up to me, which is the case in any creative field. I’ve learned from those films as well. You learn more from the film that doesn’t go your way because you introspect and try to better. That’s what I’ve strived for always,” he said.
He firmly believes that, “the biggest stars and the legends have also had days when they could not match up to the expectations.”
“I think that is part and parcel (of the job). It’s more of the social media today that tries to make a mountain out of a molehill but it’s been happening since the word go, whether it’s plays, songs or movies. I initially used to be very sensitive. But over the years, I’ve matured to realise that it’s part of the business. It also makes me realise that you can’t take this business for granted. So it keeps a person like me who’s come from the outside completely on my toes.”
Sidharth Malhotra’s will be next seen in Yodha and Mission Majnu, opposite Rashmika Mandanna.