Dinesh Vijan: Casting Varun Dhawan in 'Badlapur' was destiny

 
Dinesh Vijan: Casting Varun Dhawan in 'Badlapur' was destiny

Producer Dinesh Vijan is known for producing unconventional films like 'Being Cyrus', 'Finding Fanny', 'Happy Ending' or the latest one 'Badlapur'. In a quick chat, Dinesh talks about what interested him in 'Badlapur', why he chose Varun Dhawan, working with Sachin-Jigar and more. Read on…


What made you produce 'Badlapur'?


The last 5 minutes of the film is a message, but you will have to think about it. There is enough entertainment in it but strangely you will laugh at it and yet wonder why am I laughing? This film will let you linger. This is why I feel 'Badlapur' is Sriram Raghavan's best film.


As a producer, do you think 'Badlapur' is a risk?


I think the first film I made was 'Being Cyrus' in 2004. So I don't see this as a risk. I invest in the story. It is very important to like a story. There is no conscious decision to produce something different. When 'Badlapur' was narrated to me, it really interested me. I was convinced with the script and hence decided to produce it.


How convinced were you when Sriram said he wanted to cast Varun Dhawan?


He didn't say that. In fact, Sriram wanted an older guy. And my thought was that this kind of story needs a young actor. That time Varun Dhawan was only one film old. I wanted to cast Varun in the film and I spoke to Sriram, and he liked my suggestion. And co-incidentally, Varun called me up. So, I feel it is destiny. He came by and I narrated him the first draft. And trust me, Sriram now feels that the best thing to have happened to 'Badlapur' is Varun Dhawan! He is such a committed actor and has crazy energy. He has become a matured actor. Varun has become the Raghu that Sriram wanted in his film.


Did you think of altering the script keeping in mind the Censor regulations?


I wanted this to be an unadulterated Sriram Raghavan film. Hence, I was very sure that I wouldn't want to compromise on it. I am ridiculously impulsive and ridiculously patient at the same time!


You are a lyricist for the film. Did you also have inputs for the music?


The music was Sachin-Jigar and me. In Sriram and Homi's case, they are damn lazy men! I work hard man (laughs)! To be honest, music is therapy for me. It relaxes me. So I am fortunate to have found this. My pre-condition is that I won't repeat a track. I don't like to repeat a successful formula.


February has 'Shamitabh', 'Roy' releasing along with the World Cup. Do you think it will affect the business of 'Badlapur'?


I feel all the three films are of different genre, so I don't think they will be affected. World Cup yes, it will affect but fortunately there is no match on the day 'Badlapur' releases. There is a match on Sunday in morning so only one or two shows may get affected. We are lucky with that and there is nothing else. There is 'Qissa' releasing with us, but since the genre is different it is alright.


 
 

 
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