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There's no pay security in Bollywood: Sidharth Malhotra

By HT

New Delhi, Dec. 23 -- Sidharth Malhotra is back in India after completing a film shoot in Bangkok.

After being applauded for his film, Kapoor and Sons, and not so much for what followed, Baar Baar Dekho, the actor has signed sequels of two successful franchises. Here's talking to the 31-year-old about success and failure.

You've been vocal about your struggles. But now with success, what has changed?

It is like an under-dog story. Even when you are coming up, but one doesn't have anything to fall back on or nothing to lose; I'm still in that zone. But there's an amount of work I've done, so the struggle is to keep reinventing oneself. I've learnt from senior actors that you can't take anything for granted - a good run at the box office or a bad film. I come from a service background; there's a sense of security that aapko pagar milegi (you'll get your salary). Yahan pe woh security nahi hoti (there is no such security in Bollywood).

What about difference of opinion? Do you ask a lot of questions to your directors?

You need to have the questions and answers going on a set. Whenever that happens, we have different approaches. I believe in, 'I do it my way and you do it your way, and then see what works' pattern. That comes with me having worked as an assistant director earlier. ... But hats off to my directors for bearing with my questions, and hearing my suggestions.

And in moments of doubts or crisis, who can you speak with?

It has to be two people. One is Karan Johar, who is my karta dharta (mentor) in the industry, and the other is Reshma Shetty, who manages my work. They both know the industry well, and are sweet and protective, like guardians in the industry.