Varun Sharma: Fry Day-Raazi clash is not a cricket match that one team has to win
After ending 2017 on a happy note, with his film Fukrey Returns doing well at the box-office, actor Varun Sharma is gearing up for the release of his next, Fry Day — where he stars with actor Govinda — on May 11. The film is also set to clash with Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal-starrer Raazi, directed by filmmaker Meghna Gulzar.
Asked if he has any apprehensions about their film not getting enough screens, Varun says, “From an actor’s point of view, it’s all about hoping and every department [in filmmaking] has its contribution. The writer hopes to come up with an amazing script that connects with people. The producer thrives to make a great project, market it well, and make it reach people. The actor’s job is to play that character with a lot of honesty, so that people believe in it on screen. And then, the rest is all up to the people and their tastes.”
Though Varun agrees that box office collections and footfalls do get divided when two films come out on the same day, he doesn’t let these clashes bother him.
“It’s not a cricket match that one team has to win. I feel every film should work and people should watch it, because it’s only good for the industry as a whole that more and more films get watched and more revenue comes in,” says the actor, who has started shooting for Arjun Patiala, which also stars Kriti Sanon and Diljit Dosanjh in lead roles.
However, he is quick to add that it is natural to want one’s own film to do better. “We all want good collections and maximum people to come to the theatres. It’ll be a lie if we say that’s not the case. We don’t make films for our own personal satisfaction. We make films so that people come in and enjoy something that we have worked so hard on, for a year or a few months. At the end of the day, it is for the audience, so we really hope for great footfall, so that word of mouth spreads,” says Varun.
The actor explains that genres play an important role in deciding the fate of the film. “I feel with two films clashing, the audience also has a choice. In this case, ours is a comedy and Raazi is an intense film based on a true story. So, these are two different genres altogether and I don’t see them affecting each other’s business,” he signs off.
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