Shershaah has catapulted Sidharth Malhotra to newfound fame in the Hindi film industry. The actor is on cloud nine over the success of the film that went the digital route and premiered on OTT at a time when theatrical releases were uncertain. Vishnuvardhan’s biographical war film garnered positive reviews from critics and viewers alike.
Speaking to The Hindustan Times, the Hasee Toh Phasee actor reflected on the positives of OTT and how before the pandemic, the precedence of box office numbers over the story had become the norm. He said that OTT platforms have taken off the pressure to judge a film by the ‘box office numbers, which even the audience had begun to adhere to. “Even good numbers could override bad stories,” said the 36-year-old, while clarifying that box office benchmarks are not wrong per se. But OTT gives the opportunity to rewatch the content again. “If creatively, your intention is in the right place, you can really capture and make the audience feel certain things,” he said, acknowledging that he was taken by pleasant surprise with the overwhelming response to Shershaah. He said that the love and respect for his performance is an ‘amazing feeling’ and the film has made his life “happier, calmer, relaxed.”
The actor is now charged up for his future projects and wants to be able to repeat the success and response that he got for Shershaah in his upcoming films too. Sidharth Malhotra will now be seen in Mission Majnu, the directorial debut of ad filmmaker Shantanu Bagchi, which also marks the Bollywood debut of Rashmika Mandanna. The espionage thriller has Sidharth play a spy for the first time in his career, who sets out on an important RAW mission in Pakistan. He will also share screen space with Ajay Devgn and Rakul Preet Singh in the comedy flickThank God.