Varun Dhawan is currently shooting for his forthcoming film October with director Shoojit Sircar but right now he is busy with the promotions of his much awaited film Judwaa 2 directed by his dad, David Dhawan. This is his second film with his father after Main Tera Hero, yet Varun says that he is very stressed about the fate of the film and is awaiting for the audience response.
We heard that you were very stressed with the film?
It's my dad's film and so I am a little stressed. I want the audiences to watch the film and laugh. Paresh Rawal also told me recently "why are you youngsters so scared and stressed?" Go out there and perform to your best. Both the girls Tapsee and Jacqueline kept telling me to take things easy. I am trying to take thing easy and am trying to smile a lot these days.
You have two heroines paired opposite you...
They are both very good. They will both be appreciated as they are positive and inspiring people. My character has come out better with them. Jacqueline has got a lot of hits with big stars. She is experienced. Tapsee too has done South films and is known for her roles in Baby and Pink, which have been appreciated as well.
You are playing a double role in the film for the first time. How tough was it?
It was definitely tough. Though they are shown as identical twins in the film, I had to change my walk and modulate my voice for both the characters. One is born in Mumbai while the other has grown up in London. So I had to keep that in mind when I was performing.
Comparisons will be made with Salman Khan... Are you ready for it?
I am sure that people are going to compare this film with Salman's film but it's unfair to compare me with him or any of the Khans or Akshay Kumar. They have been stars for the last 25 years and that's why they are known as superstars today.
When my first film released, Salman had told me, "This has done well but what about the future." Which is very true. The first film is like a challenge and after this if I don't do what the audience wants they will throw me out of the industry.
What advice did Salman give you during the shoot of this film?
Salman said don't spoil the song Tan tanatan tan tan tara and don't change the steps. Hence we have retained the original steps in the song. He was kind enough to send a bag full of jeans for my character Raja, which he had worn in Judwaa. People will get to see all the jeans in the film. Yes we both are wearing the same jeans.
Do you remember visiting the sets of Judwaa during your childhood?
I don't remember much. I used to go on the sets with dad and I was just 10 years old. I watched the film much later as I grew up. Everyone knows that the film is a hit and the songs are iconic.
How important is box office collection for you?
Box office collections are important to gage a film. I remember that people would often talk about my father's success and his box office collections. Some even said that when they were not feeling well they would see papa's film and they would feel better. In a similar manner I want to make the audiences happy and achieve that kind of stardom too.
Do you feel that your dad brings out the best in you?
I think so. My dad always likes to take two takes. He loves monologues and songs as he has worked with bigger actors. He used to give me lengthy lines and asked me to give it in one take. He is experienced and when an actor gets stuck somewhere he knows how to handle it. He knows how to draw performances from actors. I also know what he likes.