Ssharad Malhotra: ‘I enjoy reading biographies’

Actor Ssharad Malhotra speaks to Manasi Y Mastakar about his reading habits, likes and more…

Favourite reads

I read a lot of non-fiction and I enjoy reading biographies, inspirational and spiritual books. I have read biographies of Rajesh Khanna, Karan Johar, Charlie Chaplin, Sachin Tendulkar and Adolf Hitler – I like reading about Adolf Hitler. I am also reading Your Personal Guide to Big Success by Dale Carnegie, which is about controlling your rage and redirecting it in a most constructive manner. I have also read some books by Dan Brown. I have also read and liked The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck – you don’t have to know what people think about you all the time.

Favourite author

Dan Brown…because I am currently reading his books and he is very good with words.

A time to read

These days I have been shooting too much, but I try to read books whenever I have time off.

Monthly quota

I don’t get time to read much so it depends on what book I come by.


My friends know I like reading so they gift or recommend books to me.

Preferred version

Between e-books and physical books I prefer a physical book.

Currently reading

Your Personal Guide to Big Success by Dale Carnegie.

Special pages

There was a book which I had read when I had just got into the field of acting. It was An Actor Prepares by Constantin Stanislavski, which I used to carry everywhere. That book was considered as a Bible and somebody told me that if you read it you will become a good actor. However, I read only a few pages and could not finish the whole book back then. But lately, I went back to the book and finally managed to complete reading it after 12 years!

A book adaptation I loved

The Jungle Book.

A classic I claimed to have read

I actually don’t do that. If I haven’t read a book, I never claim to have read it.


How To Get What You Want And Want What You Have by John Grey.

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