Sidharth Malhotra ([s?'d???a?rt?? m?l'?o?t?ra?]; born 16 January 1985) is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi-language films. Malhotra began a career as a model at the age of 18. Dissatisfied with the profession, he went on to work as a trainee assistant director to Karan Johar for the 2010 film My Name Is Khan. He made his acting debut with a leading role in Johar's teen drama Student of the Year (2012), for which he received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut nomination. Malhotra played an aspiring businessman in the comedy-drama Hasee Toh Phasee (2014), a criminal in the action thriller Ek Villain (2014), and an aspiring author in the family drama Kapoor & Sons (2016). He has since starred in Baar Baar Dekho (2016), A Gentleman (2017), Ittefaq (2017), Aiyaary (2018), Jabariya Jodi (2019), and Marjaavaan (2019).