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 way."
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 work."
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."