Before debuting as an actor in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year (2012) starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra worked as an assistant director on Karan’s My Name Is Khan (2010). He and Varun worked on the Dharma Productions set before being launched by the banner themselves. The actor recalled his interactions with Shah Rukh Khan on My Name Is Khan sets in a new interview. The senior actor even gave him a few tips as he knew Sidharth wanted to become an actor. (Read also: Sidharth Malhotra responds to comparisons between Alia Bhatt’s Raazi and his spy film Mission Majnu: ‘I think it’s fair’)
When Sidharth first came to Mumbai as a 21-year-old, he shared that his parents were unsure if anyone would cast him in a film. He did manage to land a movie, but it was never made. Sidharth left that project when it changed directors and told them that he didn’t believe in the project anymore. He later switched to assistant director, as he could pick up and learn on a real film set, without ever going to film school.
It was a wise decision when he came into contact with an idol of his. In a new interview on Netflix India YouTube channel, Sidharth actor-comedian Zakir Khan talked about his collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan in Los Angeles on the first day of the shoot. He recalled, “I had been practicing for the blow so I wouldn’t fumble for him. He was very sweet. His warmth is very apparent. Maybe it’s because of his upbringing. He puts everyone around him at ease. On the first day I couldn’t talk at all.”
Later, while working on a scene, Shah Rukh even started giving him some advice. Sidharth said, “Only Shah Rukh sir and I were at that location. It was on a road somewhere. He suddenly started talking to me, ‘You know you always have to come first and see if you can use something on location as a prop. I thought, ‘It’s just the two of us here, who is he talking to?’ Because he knew I wanted to be an actor. So sweetly he said to me, ‘You should see if you can use something.’ He’s very sharp in that way. He creates a lot of things on the spot. From there my respect and my love for him grew even more.”
Sidharth’s latest film Mission Majnu, co-starring Rashmika Mandanna, premiered on Netflix on January 20. He will also be seen in the action thriller Yodha with Disha Patani and Raashii Khanna in July 2023.