Varun Dhawan, who hasn’t given a single flop in his five years of career, is the only actor with seven films in just 5 years. He made us sway by his powerful performance with his debut film STUDENT OF THE YEAR, action avatar in BADLAPUR, lover-boy in HUMPTY SHARMA KI DULHANIA, his naughtiness in DISHOOM, etc.
Now he is back with Dulhania franchise, BADRINATH KI DULHANIA opposite Alia Bhatt.
During media interactions he spoke about his choice of films, upcoming film BADRINATH KI DULHANIA, his relationship with Alia Bhatt, how his perception has changed for women, and more.
Excerpts from the interview:
Tell us about your Badri experience?
Shashank came over and narrated me the story. We were only starting with the story when I realized the name of my character would be Badri. It was a great co incidence because one of my closest friend calls me Badri, I called him immediately and told me I am going to play Badrinath. We were both overwhelmed with this co incidence and I almost knew I am up for this role.
Which character is close to you, Badri or Humpty?
I am more close to Badri as a character at the moment, but I am nowhere like him. There was a lot of preparation for me to become Badrinath and the credit goes to Shashank. He basically removed the Varun out of me.
I think Badri..is nowhere close to Humpty. Humpty was an angel; there can be no comparison with him. Despite the same franchise, the script is very different and so are the characters. When I did ABCD 2, I could connect with what Remo wanted to convey, similarly now with Badri, I could connect with Shashank’s idea of love in a certain way.
What do you take back from Badri…?
The film deals with male chauvinism and the double standard we have in the country. Somewhere I realize that there are things which are not okay from a woman’s perspective. Earlier I would have a different mindset in terms of commenting or any other aspect of a woman which I thought was probably okay, but the movie taught me how bad and double standard it is. I was never sensitive enough to the fact that sometimes we are alienating opposite sex which I feel should not be the case.
How was it working with Alia Bhatt for the third time?
It’s always been great working with her. We have a comfort level off screen that makes it easy to pull it on-screen as well.
How do you look back at your journey?
It has been really good. The media has been sweet to me, despite me doing several goof ups.
What do you have to say about the female fan following?
It is amazing, being a man it’s obviously lovely. I also want them to take me seriously and like me as an actor.
'Despite several goof ups, media has been sweet to me'
Since you’d be doing JUDWAA 2, people will compare you with Salman, how do you plan to take that?
Comparisons have started from my first film, not only comparisons but also criticism, but that’s fine. I don’t really care about the social media criticism because that is not a face. If you come and tell me to improve on something I will definitely consider that because you have a voice and a face. People sitting behind the screens and writing and then to acknowledge those remarks is something I really don’t want to invest my time into.
Do you think Alia has evolved as an actor over the years?
I felt the change as an actor in her when we did HUMPTY….together, but I feel she was outstanding in HIGHWAY, she came out as a different person altogether. Her evolution since then is tremendous. She is a bit more serious now.
Is there any particular genre that you would want to do?
I haven’t done science fiction and horror so If given a chance, I would love to do that.
How important are box office numbers to you?
They are important to me in a sense that people are going and watching my movie. It’s not about the money to me because the profit will ultimately go to the makers of the movie. But I look at it in a way that this many people went and saw my movie in theatres.
What do you have to say about Govinda’s comeback movie AAG GAYA HERO arriving a week after BADRI..?
Honestly I am very busy with my film. But any film that releases in the industry, I want it to do well. Because if more people go and watch the moves, better for us collectively.
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