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Sidharth Malhotra: “There are so many new producers … everyone is getting opportunities”

Even as star kids continue to enjoy easy passes into acting careers in Bollywood, actor Sidharth Malhotra says there are more than enough opportunities for youngsters whose families are not a part of the film industry.

At the inauguration of a casting studio started by well-known casting director Mukesh Chhabra (who was instrumental in Sidharth being cast in his next film Ek Villain), Sidharth rejected the belief that newcomers with no family connections to the industry have a hard time finding a foothold, and declared, “I have got the best launch in the last three years; I got launched by Dharma Productions! I cannot say that outsiders are not making it!” Encouraging strugglers to see the brighter side, he added, “There are so many new producers and a vast increase in the number of films being made, so now everyone is getting opportunities. Of course, nothing is easy but opportunities have increased. The rest depends on your talent.”

Success did not come easy for the Ek Villain actor either as he too had to go through a series of auditions to prove his talent before he finally got the break in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year. He recalled, “I was shooting for My Name is Khan (as an assistant director) when Karan Johar observed Varun (Dhawan) and me. He made us audition not once but six times! He made us dance, act, cry and only when he truly believed that we had potential, he finalised us.” With a laugh, Sidharth reveals, “My first audition was terrible … I had to do the same audition four times just to convince them that I could do the job.”

Sidharth, who has been playing the good boy in his films so far will be seen as a gangster in Ek Villain, and he thanked Mukesh for helping him with the role. Sidharth declared that he was able to pull of the role in a better way thanks to a workshop with Mukesh. He said, “Mukesh teaches a lot. He made us (Shraddha Kapoor and me) do crazy stuff during the workshops so that we could perform our characters better.”

The infamous casting couch might take a backseat in the days of professional casting agencies. Sidharth certainly believes the casting couch is old news. He asserted, “I think it (the casting couch) is very passé. I never had to experience anything like that. Maybe it happened ages ago. I don’t think anyone would spend so much money on another just for personal favours.”

Noyon Jyoti Parasar, Bollywood News Service
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