Alia and I have gone beyond being just friends, Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt’s growing romance is very much talked about. The couple has started their career together with Karan Johar’s ‘Student of the Year’ and gone very far. In a candid chat with Mid-day, Sidharth revealed that he and Alia are more than just being friends.

When asked why he feared to accept his relationship with Alia Bhatt, Sidharth blames it on his middle-class upbringing. "Since I didn't grow up in and around the film industry, the rumours and the attention towards my personal life is something I am still struggling to come to terms with. I take it with a pinch of salt because it is part and parcel of being a Bollywood actor. Of course, Alia and I have a terrific bond because of the number of films we have done together. We have been friends for a long time. Over the years, we have gone beyond being just colleagues and friends. You are bound to have an emotional connect when you spend so much time with someone. But, at its core, Alia and I share a deep friendship that remains unaffected by what's written about us and what people say."

Speaking about the society and the mind-set, Sid quipped, "Today, we live in different times. These days, people are more accepting of relationship statuses or, for that matter, sexual preferences. There was a time when acting as a profession wasn't considered respectable for women. But the small-thinking people are a handful. As young actors, we cater to the youth who don't mind our friendships and relationships."

Being in the same profession, Sidharth never had a competition with his rumoured girlfriend Alia Bhatt, "Alia and I never had a sense of competition even when we started off. We began from ground zero. Yes, competition is an integral part of any industry. But, I was the chosen one who made it big from among lakhs of common people, who lust to be a part of the glam world. I am never intimidated by colleagues or friends, be it Alia or Varun Dhawan. I don't envy their choices or their success. I am selfish like that. I care only about my work and whether I am better than my last film. As actors, our only focus should be on improving our craft," Sidharth signs off.