While Bollywood has been experimenting with unusual pairings and out-of-the-box scripts, an older actress starring opposite a younger actor, is still a rarity. Thus, when Kareena Kapoor Khan recently remarked that she would not prefer being paired with Varun Dhawan, the actor, perhaps, understood the connotation behind the statement.
Kareena says that she would rather have dinner with you than romance you on screen.
I think Bebo (Kareena) is absolutely correct. She is extremely beautiful and will always be. But why would filmmakers cast us together unless it has me having an affair with an older woman? When it comes to working with her, that will depend completely on the script. I honestly do films looking at the director and the script.
You will start shooting for your brother, Rohit Dhawan’s film soon. You must be excited.
I have got an entertaining role in Rohit’s film. I am very excited, since it’s going to be a big film — probably my biggest movie in terms of budget till date. There’s John (Abraham), Jacqueline (Fernandez) with Sajid uncle (Nadiadwala) as the producer. So, of course, I am quite kicked about it, even in terms of emotional reasons.
You are also set to work with your father (David Dhawan) again next year. Have you to decided what the project will be?
There are a couple of things dad is looking at. At this stage of his career, he should only make what he really wants to because he knows the pulse of the audience quite well. We will definitely do something exciting and new. We will try and create a new kind of character, with comedy and thrills.
Is it true that your dad’s film (Main Tera Hero; MTH) played an important role in you getting Sriram Raghavan’s next?
Actually, Sriram saw MTH and told me, ‘I want to see you do the exact opposite of what you have done in it.’ And I really feel that I have aged and matured by 10 years after doing this film. It has had a bad effect on me mentally. I shot in an actual ICU, a morgue with dead bodies around me, and in the Nashik jail, which had real criminals. So, it took me a while (to get over it), but my family and my close friends were there for me. They helped me out.
Are you friendly with your contemporaries? Do you keep in touch with them?
See, I don’t keep tabs on anyone, per se, because I have films, brands, shoots and promotions to deal with. Of late, it has been quite hectic for me. The ones that I make an effort to be in touch with are my school friends, college pals and others who are close to me. But whenever we (he and his contemporaries) meet each other on-and-off, we do discuss work. I’m really looking forward to Arjun’s (Kapoor) next film. Sid (Sidharth Malhotra), too, has an interesting line-up.
Your part in Sriram Raghavan’s film looks very different. Don’t you think it’s too much of a risk?
Yes, it is. But when I did Main Tera Hero (MTH), people called it a risk saying ‘You are so new and you are doing this masala film.’ The same goes for Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. At that time, I was told, ‘Ye naya director hai (You’re working with a new director). Since MTH has succeeded, work with bigger directors.’ When I signed Sriram’s film, it was called too dark. But the effort is to do something new. We keep complaining about ‘change’ but we have to be a part of it. I am behaving like an cine-goer and choosing films that would be interesting to watch.