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Chosen One of the Day: Sidharth Malhotra, Indian elf

By Preeti Chhibber
Sidharth Malhotra LOTR hero

It’s no secret that I love Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of Tolkien’s classic — exploring power and hope and adventure and home. But it’s also no secret that those movies are very specific in who gets to be the good guy. And who gets to be a pretty, pretty elf. 

Well, Bollywood star Sidharth Malhotra and I would like a word. Back in 2015, Malhotra became the Indian tourism brand ambassador for New Zealand and as part of the promotion around the role (which I guess is a thing) he got to meet Richard Taylor, creative director of WETA. 

And then Richard Taylor TURNED SIDHARTH MALHOTRA INTO AN ELF. I’ve been mad for five years that we didn’t get a single elf that looked like this in Lord of the Rings and I’ll be mad forever. 

Come on. That gleaming black hair, those brown pointy ears, lemme at him. Imagine this dude dirtied up and walking through a door. Viggo who?