Acting was a distant dream for Siddharth Malhotra

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Mumbai: It has been a roller-coaster ride so far for newbie 27-year-old Siddharth Malhotra, who says he assisted film directors and was into part-time modelling before landing himself in Karan Johar’s ‘Student of the Year’.

For Siddharth, who is making his debut in the yet-to-be-released film, modelling and acting both happened by chance.

“Modelling happened by chance as someone told me will you do modeling and get paid. I felt it was a easy way to earn good money. It was just a part time thing that I was doing,” Siddharth told PTI in an exclusive interview.

Later, he came to Mumbai to act in a film that never took off, only to discover that he will have to first take up a job of being an assistant director.

“I had never thought of getting into the film industry. When I came to Mumbai four-five years back, I was modelling in Delhi with an agency. Then I was to audition for a film that was for Anubhav Sinha and produced by Adlabs. They selected me as an actor,” Siddharth said.

“I was on a high but the film never worked out. It was a big downer. Then I thought since I am trying to get into this industry I must learn the nitty gritty of films. Hence I took up assisting to understand the technicalities of filmmaking,” he said.

“My modeling agency used to ask us to give auditions for ad films and full-fledged feature films. When I came to Mumbai it was then when the Bollywood bug bite me. And I felt I can get a chance and do something in this industry. From there onwards it all started,” Siddharth said.

The aspiring actor wanted to be part of the film industry but was clueless of how it functions.

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