Sidharth Malhotra (born 16 January 1985) is an Indian film actor and former model who appears in Bollywood films. At the age of 18, Malhotra began a career as a model. Dissatisfied with the profession, he quit and subsequently assisted Karan Johar on the 2010 film My Name Is Khan. He made his acting debut with Johar's comedy-drama Student of the Year (2012), for which he received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut nomination. In 2014, Malhotra portrayed leading roles in two commercially successful films—the romantic comedy Hasee Toh Phasee and the thriller Ek Villain.