India, Nov. 10 -- It's more than palpable in Sidharth Malhotra's demeanour that he is extremely kicked about playing a "quintessential Bollywood hero" in his next, Marjaavaan. "It's been a great experience," says the actor, who has been going through a lull, in terms of his box office standing. But the Delhi boy isn't worried as he puts things in perspective. "Nobody knows the formula for a successful hit film," he says. Excerpts:

I won't say I am satisfied. I am still very hungry. In my head, I feel it's just the beginning. I am grateful for the start I got because not many get that, especially since I come from a non-film background. During my initial years, I was just following trends and going wherever I was getting pushed [around] in ...