Actor Vikram’s son Dhruv on Adithya Varma: ‘My dad gave up a lot of things for this project’

Dhruv Vikram, in an interview with Hindustan Times, talks of his father’s contribution in his career and how Adithya Varma is different from Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh.
Adithya Varma stars Dhruv Vikram and Banita Sandhu in lead roles.
Adithya Varma stars Dhruv Vikram and Banita Sandhu in lead roles.
Updated on Nov 21, 2019 04:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKarthik Kumar

All eyes in Tamil filmdom are on young Dhruv Vikram, who is making his acting debut via Adithya Varma, the Tamil remake of Arjun Reddy. As the film gears up for release this week, Dhruv opened up about the project and explained why he couldn’t have gotten a better debut in a group interaction. Dhruv says this project wouldn’t have happened if not for his father – popular Tamil star Vikram - who believed Arjun Reddy remake would be the perfect launch pad for him.

“My dad always had an intuition about how certain things would work in life. He chose Arjun Reddy remake to launch me and I have immense faith in his decision. For the sake of this project, he gave up on a lot of things. He didn’t just be there to ensure my portion was being shot well but he took out time to make sure everything on the project went smoothly. If he took out time just for me, it’d be selfish, but he actually spent so much time taking care of every little detail. Thanks to my dad, I may have earned easy access into Tamil cinema but I really can’t take the opportunity for granted,” Dhruv said, adding that he’s keenly looking forward to the response from audience for Adithya Varma.

It hasn’t been a smooth start for Dhruv. Adithya Varma was originally made as Varmaa, but the project got shelved after being completely shot. Dhruv admits it was a difficult phase but he trusted in his father’s decision and shot for the film all over again. “I had no other option than trusting my dad. Everything was so new to me that I couldn’t afford to do anything on my own. My dad helped me to deliver my best. If you like my work, all the credit for it should go to my dad. At the same time, if you find my performance not up to the mark, I’m to be blamed for it.”

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In Adithya Varma, directed by Girisayya, Dhruv plays a surgeon with serious drinking and anger issues. Unlike Vijay Deverakonda or Shahid Kapoor, Dhruv is very young to be playing the character. Asked if he thought he was old enough to play the character, he said: “As an actor, it’s really important to be playing character across the board and age should never be a concern or barrier. Sometimes, it includes playing characters that are older than you. In Adithya Varma, there were scenes that I could relate with my age. There were also scenes which required me to think from a point of view of someone older. I only saw all of it as learning.”

Dhruv is aware of the criticism Kabir Singh received from all quarters. “My dad was very particular about what to present and what not to glorify. We have made some changes to Adithya Varma while keeping the soul of the original intact. We had discussions with the writing team and changes were made to appeal to Tamil audience and their sensibilities.”

On the kind of films that he wishes to do in the future, Dhruv said that he’d rather do movies that leave a strong emotional connect on the audience. “As much as I love watching mainstream commercial cinema, I don’t think it’s my cup of tea. I’d prefer doing something that will emotionally move the audience. Audiences have evolved and they’ve started to dissect films and the process of filmmaking. It’s important that we give them sensible cinema.”

Dhruv wishes to direct his dad someday. But he says it might be a long wait till he can fulfill his dream. “As my father’s biggest fan, I’d like to write a story and direct him. It’s definitely on mind but I’m not sure when it will happen.”

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