In 2010, he made his television debut in the show Chand Chupa Badal Mein on Star Plus where he played the cameo role of Aditya. He then appeared in the Zee TV show Apno Ke Liye Geeta Ka Dharmayudh as Geeta's Brother. In 2011, he starred as Dhruv Ahluwalia in the Imagine TV television show Sawaare Sabke Sapne... Preeto.
In 2012, Malhotra rose to fame with his portrayal of Daljeet Singh in the romantic series Rab Se Sohna Isshq on Zee TV. He later bagged the episodic role of Siddharth Kapoor in the episodic drama Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya on Zing. He then went on to appear in several mythological drama series, including Suryaputra Karn on Sony Entertainment Television and Mahakali- Anth hi Aarambh hai & Shani on Colors TV.
In 2018, he appeared in Colors TV's horror episodic drama Kaun Hai? as Rudrapratap Singh. In the same year, he went on to appear in Colors TV's supernatural series Tantra as Nirvaan Khanna. In 2019, he appeared as Vivek Oberoi in show called Navrangi Re and in the same year he played the role of Bharat in show Ram Siya ke Luv Kush till the show went off-air in 2020. From 2020, he is playing the role of Lord Vishnu in Devi Adiparashakti. He is currently playing the role of Yudhishthir in Star Bharat serial RadhaKrishn.
Malhotra met television actress Chahat Khanna in 2010 and they dated for 2 years but the couple had a falling out. after which he began dating his Rab Se Sohna Isshq co-star Ekta Kaul but the couple split up in 2013.
|2010||Chaand Chhupa Badal Mein||Aditya|
|2011–2012||Sawaare Sabke Sapne - Preeto||Dhruv Ahluwalia|
|2012||Apno Ke Liye Geeta Ka Dharmayudh||Geeta's brother|
|2012–2013||Rab Se Sohna Isshq||Daljeet Singh|
|2014||Aaj Fir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai||N/A|
|Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya||Siddharth Kapoor|
|2017–2018||Mahakali — Anth Hi Aarambh Hai||Lord Vishnu|
|2018||Kaun Hai?||Rudrapratap Singh|
|2019–2020||Navrangi Re!||Vivek Oberoi|
|Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush||Bharat|
|2020–present||Devi Adi Parashakti||Lord Vishnu|
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- All is not well in Ekta-Kanan’s paradise? - Times Of India
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- "Kanan Malhotra: I Feel Lucky To Play Vishnu In Mahakaali". Mid-day. 3 April 2018.
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