Varun Dhawan grabbed eyeballs as the new chocolate boy of Bollywood ever since his grand debut with Karan Johar's 'Student of the Year' along with Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra. He then stunned the audience with his comic performance in David Dhawan's 'Main Tera Hero' and an emotional lover in Shashank Khaitan's 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania'. And while all of them believed, that Varun wouldn't want to experiment something beyond this, we got to see the first trailer of 'Badlapur'! In a heart to heart conversation, an excited and nervous Varun talks to us about the film, how confident he is about 'Badlapur' and more!
You always had a dream to work in a dark thriller. With 'Badlapur' have you fulfilled your dream?
Yes my dream is fulfilled but not yet over. It will be complete when people accept the film and the character onÂ 20th February. We will know soon if i have any stardom or no onÂ 20th FebruaryÂ as this is a small film which i agree. I had myself gone on record to say that I don't want children to watch this movie.
How confident are you about 'Badlapur'?
I am confident that it is a good film. I am confident that it is a very new subject and cinematic but it is not a run of the mill film. I won't be dancing and jumping in the film, but there is an emotional connect in it. So we are hopeful.
What was the reason to start promoting the movie from December?
Actually even I asked the same question to my producer, but the main reason to this was because 'PK' was releasing and we knew how big a film 'PK' was and post the release of it, everyone would be talking about that film itself. Hence we decided to come out with the teaser before that. But after the teaser launch, we didn't promote the film for almost a month.
Are you happy with the Censor certificate you got for 'Badlapur'?
I had said it in the first press conference that I would accept whatever the Censor Board gives us, and I am not someone who would like to make a big issue for nothing. In India, a lot of films sensationalize but in a film like 'Badlapur' we are not sensationalizing. Everything happens for a reason and everything comes in a particular context. The film isn't sexual film but it is sexy in nature like the way it is shot is very different. In fact, the film does not even have a lot of violence.
How much did you enjoy doing this role?
It was a guilty pleasure as i have never hit anyone in my life, so i was enjoying. I was excited to play some elderly person and that was the difficult part of Badlapur. Body Language and research does help a lot and I went completely with Sriram's vision.
How was it working with Nawazuddin Siddiqui?
I was very adamant to bring Nawazuddin on board and I was very happy that he came in the film. In fact he lifted the entire film with his performance.
Has your father seen the movie? What was his reaction?
He is very happy but I don't want to use him for publicity. I have not shown the film to my mom though as I am scared.
How did you get out of your character of 'Badlapur'?
It was tough to get out of the character but I guess dance and 'ABCD 2' helped me to get out of it.
Was it a risk to sign 'Badlapur'?
Yes it was a risk, but everyone has been taking a risk. Dinesh Vijan is so young and he has made 9 films and all have done well. Sriram could have signed any other actor but he signed me, so even that was a risk.
Do you think if 'Badlapur' does well it will give other actors a chance to venture into similar genres?
Yes I do feel that and I would like to say that this is my smallest film, smallest in the sense smallest budget film. The film has been made at a budget of 16 crore with 6 to 7 crore for Print and Publicity.
Main Tera Hero OR Badlapur - Which was a difficult role to play?
I always feel comedy is one of the toughest things to do but with this genre, I felt it is a damn difficult role to play. So each film is difficult and no film should feel easy.
What is your take on the 100 crore club of Bollywood?
As an actor I try to stay away from all this clubs and stuff like that because my job is not to be a part of these clubs and camps, but it is to act. The film being accepted and liked audiences is the real number one for me.