After playing the genial chocolate boy in his first three films, Varun Dhawan is set for a departure from his current screen image with his aggressive avatar in Badlapur, which also stars Yami Gautam. The 27-year-old actor, who plays a mercurial character in the film, went into a temperamental zone during the shooting schedule in order to get the attitude right — but not without its consequences.
From the promos, it seems like you are looking to take revenge on your co-actors. In reality, how do you vent out your anger?
Most people have fallen victim to my anger in bits. But my mom had to tolerate me the most. Also, a couple of my friends were often subjected to my temper. My co-stars weren’t spared either. Vinay Pathak ended up with a fractured shoulder, and I head-butted Nawazuddin (Siddiqui).
In real life, would you describe yourself as violent?
Although there is a beast in all of us, we don’t show it often. But it is very liberating to be that angry at times. Given a chance, I’m sure people would like to go on a rampage and break everything.
Was there any particular moment while filming when you felt “liberated”?
There was a scene where I had to break a bottle on a wall. I had never done anything like that. I broke the bottle and my hands were shivering, but I enjoyed that moment. After that scene, I broke a lot of other things.
Since you are working with Yami for the first time, how did you develop a comfort level?
My first meeting with her was weird. Director Sriram Raghavan had asked me to develop a comfort level with her. She was doing her fittings when I met her for the first time and I asked her if we could spend some time together. She was baffled. But I developed an instant fondness for her. If I had to have a wife, she would be like her. I felt I was married to Yami.