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Birthday boy Sidharth Malhotra will enjoy chocolate cake today

Malhotra, who has wound up shooting for Reloaded, will celebrate his birthday with close friends in Mumbai.

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Mayur Lookhar

Actor Sidharth Malhotra has made quite a name for himself in his short career. While his hard work and dedication have been appreciated, some critics are still to be convinced of his acting talent.

One his 32nd birthday today (16 January), we took stock of Malhotra's career so far. 

A Karan Johar discovery, Malhotra gave up modelling after four years to pursue his celluloid dreams. He assisted Johar on My Name is Khan (2010). His good looks must have influenced Johar to try him out for Student Of The Year (2012). His debut was meant to be with Anubhav Sinha, but that project got shelved. Student Of The Year launched three young actors — Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. The film was far from perfect, but there was something magnetic about the three kids launched who were touted to achieve bigger and better things.

Four years later, Malhotra is counted among the most good looking gen-next actors and has bagged some plum projects too. The actor has romanced Katrina Kaif, who debuted nine years before him in Boom (2003). That Johar chose Malhotra to romance a seasoned actress like Kaif in Baar Baar Dekho (2016) underlines his faith in the lad. Malhotra also rubbed shoulders and fists with Akshay Kumar in Brothers (2015).

Malhotra has wound up shooting for Reloaded, the second instalment of the Bang Bang franchise (2014).

Sharing his birthday plans, Malhotra told PTI news agency that he will have his customary chocolate cake on his birthday.

"I am a big foodie, so there will be some interesting food. Plus, I have always had a chocolate cake on my birthday throughout my childhood, so this time also I will be having chocolate cake for sure," Malhotra said. 

The Kapoor & Sons actor is not one who craves for gifts, but little things can warm his heart.

He said, "I get very awkward when people give me gifts. I am like 'Oh! God'. Everyone likes gifts and so do I, but I am not someone who goes by materialistic things. I believe in gestures and appreciate what people do for me. Like once a friend of mine carried a cake for me from Mumbai to Goa, which was really. I cherish these things more."

Malhotra will celebrate the day with close friends in Mumbai. We don't know what his rumoured girlfriend Alia Bhatt will gift him, but there's bound to be plenty of chocolate cake.