Varun Dhawan who made his debut with Student Of The Year has come a long way in his career with the kind of films he is currently doing. He is massy, and at the same time has certain vibrancy in his performance that makes him a very approachable person that he is. Having started young, Varun has a long way to go, and a lot of time to explore. But with Varun enjoying the commercial as well as the arty space, one must just be sure that he is a house of talent, and will never disappoint as far as his performance is concerned. With his upcoming film Dishoom to hit the theatres soon, Varun in a tell-all chat reveals details about the film, and about his career choices.
Dishoom required you to do a lot of action sequences which means you had to work hard, so as an actor do you make a conscious effort to go that extra mile with all your films?
Every film has to have something extra today, but the most important thing in a film is emotion. And if people connect with your emotions, if they connect with the emotions that John and I share in the film, then the film will connect with people. I'm playing a cop for the first time, and I really respect the armed forces. So for me to play a character of an armed force was a big responsibility in itself.
John said that you and Rohit want everything to be portrayed in a real manner, so did you undergo preparations for this particular role?
I got very close to my driver who was a 65-year-old from Islamabad. The driver has lived away from his country for so many years, and I play Junaid who again has stayed away from his country, and so I thought that the character was a difficult one to play as I've never been away from home. I had a few lines in Arabic for which I trained with a teacher for 20 days, and then I trained with my driver for a few days. I discovered Abu Dhabi through his eyes, and I really got close to him. I learnt a lot about culture, and about the people from him.
Dishoom is directed by your brother Rohit, how was it to be on sets with him?
It was quite good, and fruitful. Every time I was on sets Rohit would keep reminding me that I was Junaid Ansari and not Varun Dhawan. I had to really believe that, so post pack up Rohit and I never spoke to each other. He would do his own thing and I would mine, because I couldn’t be his brother on sets. And that is what I had to maintain throughout the shoot.
Varun you are known to be quite friendly with your fans, you never refuse to pose with them. How important is it for you to maintain a certain relationship with the audience?
Whatever people do is out of love and care, the euphoria is there because they love you. Sometimes obviously there are so many cameras and you can get tired of taking so many pictures, but everything people do is out of love. So many people wish good for me, and it is because of them that I am where I am today. I do work very hard, but it is obviously their wishes that keep me going. I sometimes do get irritated, especially when I'm tired. But then I see children, and then I am all cool.