On Thursday (April 24), Varun Dhawan turns 27.
Fresh off the success of his first film as a solo lead actor, directed by his father, David Dhawan, Varun talks to us about relationships, working with his father, handling success, and his first co-star, Alia Bhatt.
What are your birthday plans?
The first thing I’ll do is go and vote. But I’m not celebrating this year. My grandmother passed away recently, and when there’s a loss in the family, you don’t feel like celebrating. Even otherwise, it’s not like I’ve arrived. I am too new (in the industry).
You’re young and successful, so it’s difficult to believe that you’re single.
Right now, I am staying away from girls as much as I can. They are a distraction. I am in the process of starting possibly the toughest film (Sriram Raghavan’s untitled next) I’ve got so far. Due to the kind of preparation required for the role, I need to stay away from such things.
Do you want to be in a relationship eventually?
Of course. No one wants to stay alone. Although, right now, I don’t know (if I’m ready). Maybe I’m not in the headspace of exploring the possibilities.
Is it true that you aren’t keen to date or marry any actress?
Yes. I feel that since I am an actor myself and I am crazy and volatile enough, what would two crazy and volatile people do together? We will set fire to the world or something (smiles). I would say this even before I became an actor.
We keep hearing about you and Alia. Is anything happening?
Alia is my first co-star, so she is close to me. We are great friends. Why does something have to happen?
Alia says she is a lot closer to you than to Arjun Kapoor.
We are very fond of each other, but that doesn’t mean there has to be something else. I feel it’s a very high school-like mentality to think of it that way.
Are you doing a film with your brother, Rohit Dhawan?
He is working on a script right now, but nothing has been finalised. We have spoken about it, but he hasn’t even offered me the film. He’s quite difficult. It looks like he’ll take my audition as well (smiles).
How has life changed after Main Tera Hero’s success?
Tremendously. Honestly, a lot of people thought it wouldn’t do well. But for me, it was a very big thing to do well in a film directed by my father and, more importantly, a comedy. So, it’s a very satisfying experience.
Looks like you are in the mood to do ‘different’ kind of cinema.
Different kinds of projects come to everyone. Ultimately, it’s up to you whether you want to take a risk or not. I want to take risks because that’s in my nature. I am a little unpredictable because I am not playing safe.
Do you ever think that you are ahead in the race as compared to Sidharth (Malhotra) and Alia Bhatt?
There is no race and there will be never one. MTH has been compared not just with Sid and Alia’s films, but with Sunny Leone’s too. Comparisons can be made with anyone and everyone.
You must have grown up watching your father’s films. Did you feel the pressure to be launched by him?
I’d watch all of them and enjoy them a lot. His films with Govinda were great. According to me, that was the most ‘dhamaal’ (enjoyable) phase (in the industry). Since then, no one has consistently made good comedies. As for the pressure, I used to feel it earlier, but I think those talks stopped when I made my debut with a Karan Johar film.