With just two days left for Badrinath Ki Dulhania to hit the silver screen, Varun Dhawan is quite excited about his upcoming film. The young lad is currently busy promoting the movie all over the country with his co-star Alia Bhatt.
Amidst all the busy promotions, the actor indulged in a
conversation with Bombay Times where he spoke at length about
films, relationships and more.
Excerpts from the interview...
Alia Has Always Been A Fearless Actor
Badrinath Ki Dulhania has Varun sharing the screen space with
Alia Bhatt for the third time. Talking about their changed
equation, Varun quipped, "Yes, we react very differently to each
other and I think that change happened during 'Humpty Sharma Ki
Dulhania'. Honestly, during 'Student Of The Year' ('SOTY'), I was a
little scared. Alia has always been a fearless actor; whether she
is performing good or bad, she's fearless. During our debut film
('SOTY'), we were all in awe about entering the film industry, as
rarely do actors get such a big launch pad. I think Alia has made
the most of her life. After 'SOTY', I have gone down my path and
Sidharth (Malhotra) has gone down his. Alia and I too went
different ways in life and also as far as our choices of films
goes. Hence, we didn't end up meeting much. After so many years,
it's all kind of a comeback. We watch each other's films and I
think that her breakdown scene in 'Udta Punjab' is one her best
performances so far. I know her so well that sometimes, it is
difficult for me to get impressed by her."
Alia Can Cry On My Shoulders If She Ever Wants To Though We Are Not 4 am Friends
Speaking about their friendship, the 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania'
actor said, "She can cry on my shoulders if she ever wants to,
though we are not what you typically call 4 am friends. But yes,
she vents out with me whenever she wants to."
When A Film Fails, The Leading Actor Is Always Blamed For It
Varun says that the Indian audience views heroes and heroines
very differently. He was quoted saying, "It might sound
chauvinistic, but the Indian audience views heroes and heroines
very differently. When a film fails, the leading actor is always
blamed for it. The industry, trade and the audience does this. So,
as an actor, it is very important to do roles that you enjoy, but
at the same time give the audience what they want. When you talk
about big-business films, they reach out to an entire country and
there's a reason why those heroes are managing to do that. They are
not making films just to please social media, and this is something
I have been vocal about because I strongly believe in it. What
really works or doesn't is something you learn along the
He further added, "As a kid, I have seen my father struggle and
those memories are still buried somewhere in my head. I vividly
remember the times when my dad wasn't doing well and my mom telling
me that we couldn't afford certain things, so I had to go easy and
take a backseat. I have had friends who were really rich and the
kind of environment that I grew up in, these kids were brought up
slightly differently. I am not an actor's son; I am a director's
son. I am not saying this for any sympathy. I had a great
childhood, and I am grateful that I got to see both sides of life.
So, now, I think I need to do more, as there are so many kinds of
films that I want to do. "
I Don't Take The Audience For Granted
"I don't take anything for granted. I don't take the audience
for granted, I don't take my fans for granted and I don't take my
talent for granted. I am very realistic about myself. In fact, I
often underestimate myself. I won't name the films, but I think
after my last couple of films, I felt that my audience was telling
me to do something different. I have never worked with Aditya
Chopra, but after every film, he sends me a message with his
feedback, and recently, after a film of mine, he said,"I want you
to surprise me."I think he is right when he says that."
I Can't Settle In One Genre
"I have to do films that get offered to me, I can't say I want
to do this or that. I have heard a lot of scripts and somewhere, I
thought those films won't work; it might work for 10 people, but I
don't want to do films for just 10 people. Very often, people tell
me how I should do films like 'Badlapur', but Sriram Raghavan
(director) had that script at that time and it just fell into
place. I obviously have to set a certain benchmark in my career to
go all out and do just what I want to do. I don't want to burn
people's money for the sake of experimenting. I have a
responsibility towards the audience and the producers who are
putting their money in my film. And even if I want to do something
very different, my responsibility is to make that film work at the
box office. Yes, I agree that I can't settle in one genre. I like
different genres, like I would love to do an animated film at some
point, but then again, I should be confident that it will
Varun Dhawan On The Institution Of Marriage And Live-In Relationships
"We discuss so much about live-in relationships and all that.
Love is love. Marriage is something that cements people's love and
you should do it only if you want to, not because you are forced
to. Yes, I believe in the institution of marriage and I feel that
it totally works.
I believe in live-in relationships, but I don't think I have the
time to be in one. Most of the time, I am living in hotel rooms.
So, I don't know where I would have a live-in relationship
(laughs!). I need to start living at home first."