Varun Dhawan in conversation with Divya Solgama [Source – Bollywood Times]
Divya Solgama – Varun, first things first kindly share with us about the humungous response to your association with ‘Judwaa 2’?
Varun Dhawan – I had to think about these things before signing the film. It is obvious that these things would happen and I knew that such things would come, especially on the social media. As an actor, I knew that all this would result in an incredible buzz. There would be a comparison, there would be chatter. People would say ‘Acha Kiya‘, ‘Kharab Kiya Hai‘, and ‘Bahut Acha Kiya Hai‘, but to come to a conclusion, people would at least go to the theaters. Comparison with Salman Khan has been happening since the first day of my career and hence, it doesn’t put pressure on me. What matters the most is people buying tickets and coming to watch my film. And honestly, mine is a fresh approach as I had to play it in my own way. You can’t have exactly the same circumstances and we have made a lot of changes in the screenplay.
Divya Solgama – Your father David Dhawan has directed many hit and super hit films. You guys must’ve had several options, so how did you zero down to the remake of ‘Judwaa’?
Varun Dhawan – It was Sajid Nadiadwala’s idea to make Judwaa 2. He was wanting to make the film before and it never got made then. My dad had a conversation with him, and I wasn’t a part of it back then, but I don’t think he would have made Judwaa 2 with any other actor. I also feel that he wouldn’t have made Judwaa 2 with me as my first film because he likes working with big stars. It has been 20 years since the release of Judwaa. There are children who are 14,15 or 16, who have not seen Judwaa and they are the new cinema-goers. My dad made this film because the genre is not being made anymore. This is a conventional Hindi film genre, which isn’t made internationally. Manmohan Desai has given birth to this genre and my dad is a big fan of him. There are many successful films made in this genre, but since a few films didn’t do well, we come to a conclusion that the genre is finished. But, we need to evolve with time within a given genre as well.
Divya Solgama – Varun, why is it that comical films are mostly bashed or looked down over the social media?
Varun Dhawan – I totally agree and think the same, but you cannot let Twitter decide the films you choose. Definitely, there is a need of newer ideas and fresh treatment, like I really liked a few scenes inBareily Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Savadhan, which were comical yet fresh. Overall, we should look inward instead of looking outward. Unfortunately, I feel yes, that is happening but at the same time, I don’t think the big actors get influenced. Social media is something that makes me think. I would actually reverse this question when you write something on social media, even you would think twice fearing the backlash. I am sure, even you get influenced by social media. Having said that, we cannot rely on social media for the opening (Box Office) as that does not translate.
Divya Solgama – Is it right to blame only the director for failure of a film?
Varun Dhawan – I am a director’s son and if he gets to make a film the way he wants to, then it is only his film. So, you should blame the director. Actually, it is unfair to blame the actor because he is not writing the film, he is just following the vision of the director. I see a lot of ‘actor bashing’ happening because they are the face of the film, but eventually, actors are just following someone else’s comment.
Divya Solgama – Lastly, Varun whats the update over your forthcoming films?
Varun Dhawan – October will go on floors in October and that’s a conscious decision. After October, I will start shooting for Sui Dhaga and after that, there is something else. ABCD 3 is something that has been in work for a long time and I would definitely like to do that film as well,