It is believed that while shooting for this film, Genelia disliked Ritesh and was also reluctant to talk to him.Ritesh's father was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra when the two became friends.Released on 3 November 2017, the film got "100% fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on 5 reviews.

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Malhotra's second release of 2014 was the Mohit Suri-directed romantic thriller Ek Villain.

Malhotra was cast as Guru, a hardened criminal whose terminally-ill wife (played by Shraddha Kapoor) is murdered by a serial killer (played by Riteish Deshmukh).

At the box office, it will be a disappointing fare." Malhotra starred in the romantic-comedy Jabariya Jodi, a romantic action comedy, which is his second collaboration with Parineeti Chopra. His next Marjaavaan, co-starring Tara Sutaria, Rakul Preet Singh and Riteish Deshmukh is scheduled for release on 2 October 2019.

As of August 2019, Malhotra has committed to feature in a biopic on Kargil martyr Vikram Batra which will see him playing the double role of Vikram and his twin brother Vishal.

The latter two rank among Malhotra's highest-grossing films.

He followed this initial success by starring in a series of films that did not perform well at the box office.

Directed by Nitya Mehra, the film opened to mixed to negative reviews from the critics.

Released on 9 September 2016, the film was declared a flop by the Box Office India.

Interested to pursue an acting career, he successfully auditioned for a film to be directed by Anubhav Sinha.