Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra got candid about his latest film `Mission Majnu`, preparing to play a spy for the first time, and what made him accept the project. He also revealed the most challenging part to act in the movie.
Sidharth shared: “True stories have always piqued my interest, and `Mission Majnu`, an espionage thriller drama, was something I couldn`t pass up. Yes, I have been a part of action-packed dramas in the past, but this is my first assignment as a spy for the country. It is an excellent combination of real-life events and a compelling and thrilling story.”
The movie is all about a secret operation in India that took place before and during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, and how it influenced the political systems of both nations.
The `Student of the Year` actor added more about playing a RAW agent in the film and how he prepared for this role: “Preparing for `Mission Majnu` involved many facets. Every role was on a different level, be it that of a tailor, plumber, or spy agent. It was challenging because we knew nothing about RAW agents, and everything about secret services and intelligence was confidential. I got the opportunity to play many shades, which I thoroughly enjoyed. As the film is set in the 1970s, I also attended a week-long workshop where I learned how to use an old-fashioned sewing machine.”
Sidharth started his career on the small screen and his first break was in 2009 with the historical drama `Dharti Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan`. After playing a small role in it, his major success was getting an opportunity to play a lead role in Karan Johar`s `Student of the Year`. Later, he worked in `Hasee Toh Phasee`, `Ek Villain`, `Baar Baar Dekho`, and he did several action films including `Shershaah`, and is all set for `Yodha` and his upcoming web series `Indian Police Force`.
The actor further spoke about the challenges he faced while playing a RAW agent in his current project: “The role promises a challenge, a dual life in a single film where I portray Aman and Tariq. Much effort went into the character`s look, especially to make it convincing as a tailor. We also prepared for the different dialects and languages of Rawalpindi in the seventies.”
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“Every character demands that you have a distinct personality. However, technology does help and plays a different role now. I hope my portrayal after this thorough research does justice to the agents and how they live and operate. It was a wholesome experience, which I`ve particularly enjoyed in a decade-long career,” shared the 38-year-old actor.
The actor went on to recount the most challenging part of the film and revealed: “I am a fan of action films, which I enjoy doing. One of the most challenging sequences was the train sequence we shot in Lucknow. I can also be seen pulling off an action sequence coupled with a chase sequence, which turned out well.”