Varun Dhawan is going to star in the sequel to Judwaa, the 1997 hit that had originally starred Salman Khan. As director David Dhawan readies to direct his son, Varun, in the second movie, the young actor says they plan to go to Salman Khan when the script is ready.
“Once the script is locked, I think the first person who is going to hear it will be Salman bhai. Dad and I will go. I would like to do that out of respect for Salman bhai. It will also be beneficial for me to learn about his experience of working on the movie. That will be great for us,” says the actor, adding that while his brother Rohit Dhawan and his father have been directing movies, he isn’t sure about going behind the camera. “Honestly, right now, I don’t know what I want to do (smiles),” he says.
Bridging the gap
With his recent films, Varun has attempted to bridge the gap between classy and massy cinema. The young actor refuses to believe that he has any particular kind of viewers. “I would not like to think that way. I would like to think that everyone is my audience. Maybe I still need to convince some part of the audience [to watch my movies], but I would like to think they all are my audiences,” he says.
The Student of The Year (2012) actor, who has experimented with films such as Main Tera Hero (2014), Badlapur (2015), and Dishoom, says he does films “for everyone”. “So, Junaid Ansari (his character in Dishoom) is a cool, urban guy. But, if I am able to bridge the gap between the masses and class, and make everyone believe that I am “their guy”, I am sorted. I would like to create characters that both the worlds feel they can be friends with,” he says.
He has delivered several successful films. But Varun feels that, at the end of the day, it’s all about how much one enjoys the film-making process. “I was talking about this to a friend recently. I was like, ‘You work towards a movie. You are excited and want to see the outcome. And then the movie releases. But, then what? Maine ek saal kaam kiya ek picture par, aur woh ek din mein nikal jaati hain (I worked on one movie for a year, and it released in just a day). Then, there’s another film, followed by yet another one. So, real success is not the success of the film, but how you feel while it’s being made and how much you enjoy each moment of that process,” he says.
Varun markets his films with passion, and the 29-year-old is known for that. The actor considers the times when he meets his fans a “success”. “People keep asking me, ‘Why do you promote [your films] so much, when other actors don’t?’ It’s because I enjoy meeting people. That’s why I do it. If I go somewhere, and so many people turn up, and I get to meet them, then that’s success for me. Picture toh aake release ho gayi, par woh karte waqt mujhe maza nai aaya toh main khud ke liye kya kar raha hu (a film releases, but if I don’t enjoy the process before it hits the theatres, then what am I doing for myself)? I have to enjoy the process,” he says.
Varun believes that while audiences get to see “a finished product” on the screen, meeting his fans satisfies him in a different manner. “For me, nothing else is as satisfying as that. But at the same time, when I do a scene, and my director is okay with it, that’s a high for me because the director has liked my work enough to say okay. I enjoy that a lot too,” he says.
Of late, rumours have been rife about Varun’s next lot of projects, including one with his Badlapur director Sriram Raghavan. Ask him if the rumours are true, and Varun saysm, “I can’t throw any light on that right now (smiles). But, hopefully, there will be some news soon, and everyone will know about it. As for rumours, they are never true. They are true only when the actors give them out themselves (smiles). I never spread rumours,” he says.