The 29-year-old actor, who was criticised for his inability to dance or to emote well in his debut film ‘Student of the Year’, passed off with flying colours despite the fact at the box office.

Sidharth feels that he has successfully converted the non-believers to believers with his latest film.

"It was first experience with this kind of box office success. I feel I have reached out to more number of people with this film than I ever had; so that is exciting. Now, I feel that I am here to stay. More people think that I am here to stay and I deserve this place," Sidharth said in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.

"It is satisfying to see that I took risk two years ago by choosing a genre like this and character like this which is so different from what I have done before and that is paying off. It could have gone wrong. It is very satisfying as an actor to try something new and see that the audience is liking it," added the actor, who played romantic roles in his first two films.

The Delhi boy had three releases so far. ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ is the only film that underperformed of all his movies.

However, the actor won a lot of fans because of his looks.

"We are not just standing and posing. Are we? Looks are part and parcel. I have tried to change my looks in all the three films. People think he is a good looking boy, so he can't act, that is a notion here. So to break that, to go beyond looks was also a challenge to me," he said.

Sidharth, who plays Guru - a criminal transformed into a good guy by the power of love - in the romantic thriller, says, “The film was also an endeavour to turn all the non-believers into believers.”

“People who did not see the craft or who were not convinced about my craft or about my space here, I think 'Ek Villain' is the best answer I could give them," he added.

The movie has earned him more than just fans; the 29-year-old says many filmmakers are approaching him post the success of ‘Ek Villain’.

Sidharth, who assisted director Karan Johar in the past, had thought of going behind the camera too. But the actor has changed his mind after the thunderous response to ‘Ek Villain’.

“I got into assistant direction. I thought of that as an option then but after the success of 'Ek Villain'… Nah. Why would I go behind the camera? I would like to be in front of the camera. I would be happier to play various characters. It is far more tough as a director," he said.


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