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He’s not from Mumbai, is a punjabi and has no Bollywood pedigree to boast of, yet one look at Sidharth Malhotra’s drop-dead handsome face and charismatic on-screen presence will make you think otherwise.

Not that the absence of a famous cinematic name attached to his seems to bother him at all, as he goes on to state that “There are many new producers and directors today who want to make good and different kinds of films. It doesn’t matter if you have a relative in the industry or not…”

THOUGH NOT FROM TINSEL-TOWN, IN THE TRADITIONAL SENSE, he is not new to the glitzy world of show-biz as modelling happened to the Delhi-born hunk at a young age and he even ended up winning the Face of the Year at the popular Gladrags men’s pageant in 2009. However, modelling was not creatively challenging enough for Malhotra and he decided to quit and explore the glamorous, gritty and competitive world of Hindi cinema.

as an assistant director to non other than Karan Johar for the SRK starrer My Name Is Khan (2010) landed him amidst the elite and powerful personalities of the film fraternity and this association with K-Jo culminated in Sidharth’s silver screen debut, in the highly successful and popular film Student of the Year- SOTY (2012). To say that it was a dream debut would be an understatement since, to be launched in the industry by a power production house such as Dharma Productions that is known to churn out blockbusters with finesse, style and no expenses spared, is to what every newcomer aspires.

WITH NO FILMY LINEAGE Sidharth shared screen space in, SOTY with two debutant star kids Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. With all eyes on Karan Johar’s latest “discovery”, Sidharth not only delivered a great performance but also won himself many accolades both from the critics and audiences alike. His restrained and composed performance, keeping in line with his understated character, showed his commitment to his role and natural talent and ease in front of the camera. He went on to win ‘Best Debut Male” for the movie by Star Guild Awards, Filmfare Awards, Screen Awards and Stardust Awards

, Sidharth took on a variety of different genres of roles such as “Hasee Toh Phasee” (2014) which saw him enacting a struggling middleclass businessman, followed by director Mohit Suri’s “Ek Villain” (2014), where he played a hardened criminal, in an intense action-packed performance. The movie became a huge grosser at the box-office and proved to be yet another commercial success for Sidharth. This eagerness to take on such a mix of roles so early in his career, and that too deftly and confidently, not only exhibit Sidharth’s talent and promise of potential, but at the same time are indicative of the passion and commitment towards his work.

“What matters are the choices you make.”

And he has certainly followed his heart and made tough and intelligent decisions by accepting nonconventional scripts.

It’s not enough that his deep brooding eyes, lop-sided grin and killer physique have audiences gushing over him, but he’s got a mature and focused actor within to back these eye-candy looks.

HIS UP-COMING MOVIE “Kapoor & Sons” will see him playing the lead in a story involving two estranged brothers and their family’s joys and travails. The film’s first glimpses, posters and theatrical trailer all bear the trademark Dharma Productions stamp- a good-looking film, high production value and a stellar enseensemble cast, including veterans and seasoned actors like Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak and Rajat Kapoor, alongside Pakistani heart throb and sensation Fawad Khan and the pretty and vivacious Alia Bhatt.

THE FILM PROMISES to pack in a lot of high-energy emotion, revolving around love and importance of familial bonding, or lack thereof, in today’s modern society, and its repercussions. It’s going to be a tear-jerker, no doubt, but with a lot of reasons to smile and laugh as well. It looks like Sidharth has a winner on his hands with this one as his role seems to encompass all- drama, humor, emotions- all tugging endearingly at our heart strings- as well as soulful and foottapping song and dance numbers.

The fact that he’s sharing screen space with his off-screen (?) sweetheart Alia Bhatt makes the movie all the more watchable. Keep a keen eye open to catch the chemistry between these love-birds, who are just “good friends” according to them!

Among the ever-growing pool of new-comers and young hopefuls, wanting to make a mark as actors in the prolific Hindi film industry, Sidharth Malhotra clearly stands in a league apart. He, undoubtedly, belongs to the upper crust of the new generation of Bollywood and we wish to see more of this handsome and immensely talented young man on the silver screen. Bollywood has, indeed, embraced and welcomed Sidharth as one of its own and he is definitely here to stay.

This piece has been written by Mahvish Gul, a self-confessed aficionado of all things film. She is a resident of Dubai and a Professor of Economics at the American University of Dubai[AUD].