Sidharth Malhotra

  • Actor, Assistant Director

Jan 16, 1985  in New Delhi, Delhi, India

Also Known as: Sid

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Not being contented with his modeling assignments, Delhi-born Sidharth Malhotra decided to make his career in Bollywood. However, surprisingly, the then-aspiring actor made his debut in the industry as an assistant director to Karan Johar who was working on his film My Name Is Khan.

A couple of years later, Karan gave him a break as an actor in the movie Student of the Year (2012), which also featured debutants Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan.

Sidharth`s performance in his debut movie received unanimous appreciation and since then the actor has established himself to be one of the most successful actors of the new generation. So much so that Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV compared his screen presence to the legendary Amitabh Bachchan. He has appeared in movies such as Hasee Toh Phasee (2014), Ek Villain (2014), and Kapoor & Sons (2016).

Early Life
Sidharth Malhotra was born to a Punjabi family 16th January 1985, in Delhi. His father, Sunil, is a former Indian Merchant Navy employee, while his mother, Rimma, is a housewife. He also has an elder brother, Harshad Malhotra, who works in the banking industry. Sidharth completed his schooling from Delhi`s Don Bosco School and Birla Vidya Niketan and later went on to pursue his higher studies from Bhagat Singh College. During his college days, Malhotra started taking up modeling assignments in order to earn some extra money. Soon, he was spotted by a model coordinator after which he took up modeling as a full-time career. The actor won the Mr. Gujarat pageant in 2007, he was the second runner-up in the Gladrags Mega-model and Manhunt 2007 and was also declared Gladrags Face of the Year 2009.

After winning few beauty pageants, Sidharth started modeling for big brands and has walked the ramp for famous designers including Roberto Cavalli. He traveled to a lot to places including New York, Milan, and Paris to walk at various fashion shows. He received a few movie offers, and one of his contracts was with Adlabs for a project headed by director Anubhav Sinha, however, the film was shelved.

Personal Life
Sidharth was in a relationship with a South African model Natalie till he was shooting for his first film, after which the couple broke-up. He then dated Izabelle Leite, a Brazilian model.

Movie Career
Acting was never the first choice of career for Sidharth Malhotra, who started modeling at the of 18. Soon after a successful modeling career, he realized that he wanted to pursue his career in acting and took up a role in the hit TV serial Prithviraj Chauhan, along with actor Rajat Tokas. After signing a contract with Anubhav Sinha`s project, which was shelved mid-way, the actor, in a bid to learn more about the art of film-making, started to work as an assistant director. He was supposed to pair opposite Priyanka Chopra in the film Fashion (2008), but could not take up the project due to the contract with Gladrags. Sidharth then worked as an assistant director on Karan Johar`s film My Name Is Khan in 2010, which helped him bag a role in Johar`s next venture, Student Of The Year. His portrayal as Abhimanyu Singh won the hearts of many and he also received several awards for his performance. After a hit film debut, Sidharth was seen in Hasee Toh Phasee, directed by Vinil Mathew, in 2014 opposite Parineeti Chopra. His performance was an aspiring businessman in the movie won him praises and was well-received by critics. In the same year, he starred in Mohit Suri`s romantic-thriller Ek Villain, opposite Shraddha Kapoor, where he played the role of a hardened criminal.

In 2015, the actor was seen in the remake of Hollywood film Warrior titled Brothers,directed by Karan Malhotra, alongside Akshay Kumar. In order to prepare for the role, Siddharth underwent an extensive training in martial arts. The story of a dysfunctional family, Shakun Batra`s Kapoor & Sons, which released in 2016, co-starring Alia Bhatt and Fawad Khan, garnered praises, and Malhotra`s performance was also well-received. The actor was next cast alongside Katrina Kaif in Nitya Mehra`s 2016 release Baar Baar Dekho, which was a box-office disaster. In 2017, the actor appeared in the movies A Gentleman and Ittefaq. His 2019 release includes Marjaavaan, directed by Milap Milan Zaveri.