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He’s my son; I shouldn’t say too much about him: David Dhawan

David Dhawan is modest in his praise for son Varun; explains why his new release was never meant to be a remake

bollywood Updated: Apr 10, 2013 16:38 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
David Dhawan,Varun Dhawan,Sai Paranjpye

Veteran filmmaker David Dhawan is measured when it comes to talking about his son Varun Dhawan. The proud father, however, has faith in his acting abilities, which is why he has decided to cast Varun in his next film. Before that, however, he talks about his last release, Chashme Baddoor, working with newcomers, and how it isn’t a remake of Sai Paranjpye’s film.

Are you happy with Chashme Baddoor?
I’m happy because the film doesn’t have any big stars. It’s never easy to make a film (from a business perspective) with newcomers. The entire film is on my shoulders. Plus, the way it was promoted by the producers was commendable. The fact that our first trailer and subsequent songs became big also helped.

Would you call it a remake? Was there pressure to match up to the original?
It’s an adaptation. The format, scenes and characters are different. No one told me that it looks similar to the old Chashme Buddoor (1981). I treated it like a new film. There was never any pressure. I have made 41 films till date. So I know how things work in the industry.

The original director, Sai Paranjpye, did not like that you were remaking her film.
She never called to tell me that. I respect her because she is a very capable director. I adapted the film only because I appreciated the original. Plus, Viacom had the rights. I didn’t go to them; they came to me. Till date, I haven’t spoken to Sai, but I had a word with Farooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval (lead actors from the original).

Tell us about working with your son Varun.
Now, I am only concentrating on Main Tera Hoon. I’m on a high, making this film.

What’s the equation like between you and Varun, and you and Rohit (director of Desi Boyz; 2011)?
Whatever they (my sons) want to do, I am always there for him. Personally, though, I have slowed down because I can’t work at the same speed due to my health issues.

How’d you rate Varun as an actor?
He is my son; I shouldn’t say too much about him. People have appreciated him a lot for his first film (Student Of The Year; 2012). But he should just keep his head down and work hard. He is intelligent and aggressive in his way of working. He got his first film on his own merit without any help from me.

First Published: Apr 09, 2013 11:44 IST