Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra in ‘Aashiqui 3’


Sidharth Malhotra opens up about aashiqui, reel and real; actor plans to learn how to sing and play the guitar for the musical.

On March 16, speaking to Mirror, Mahesh Bhatt who’d directed the original ‘Aashiqui’ and who, along with filmmaker brother, Mukesh Bhatt and Bhushan Kumar, will be producing the third part in the franchise, informed that his daughter Alia and Sidharth Malhotra have been approached to play the lead. En route Bangkok for an ad shoot, the actor confirmed the news. “Scripting is in progress but it should be up and running next year. ‘Aashiqui 2’ had lots of love, angst and music. I’m looking forward to more,” Sidharth exulted.

He said that to convincingly pass off as a singer, he would be taking singing lessons. “Mohit (director Mohit Suri) wants me to sing one song,” he revealed, adding that learning to play the guitar was a prerequisite. “This kind of prep is a given today. I have to get rhythm in my voice and fingers.”

Is Alia going to help with the prep since she’s already a playback singer? “I hope so and if I can match up to her talent, maybe we could sing a duet, that would be a first for an actor and actress who’ve debuted together,” he laughed.

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the duo who, when promoting their last film, couldn’t stop smiling. “Smiling is good for health and makes for great pictures. ‘Kapoor & Sons’ was responsible for the smiles,” he quipped, admitting that he’s extremely close to Alia. “We’ve known each other since we were non-actors and have been working together a lot. I enjoy the time we spend with each other.”

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