Varun Dhawan turns 32 today and will be celebrating his birthday in style in none other than Bangkok, Thailand! The Kalank actor has come a long way since his debut in the blockbuster Student of the Year, released in 2012 and now expecting a sequel later this year. Over the past 7 years, Varun has definitely made a name for himself in Bollywood, from his outright masala hits like Main Tera Hero and Badrinath Ki Dulhania to his more serious roles in Badlapur, October and most recently Kalank. Though he's achieved a high level of fame thanks to his work, he has consistently shown humility and has stuck to his respectful ways.
Read on for Varun's top gentlemanly moments!
5. When he helped Alia Bhatt with her crutches
While promoting her film with Varun, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Alia unfortunately suffered a calf muscle injury which meant she had to use crutches for an extended period of time. Considering how much stars have to move around for promos, it certainly couldn't have been easy doing it with crutches! Luckily, Varun was always available with a helping hand to guide Alia around. Too sweet!
4. When he graciously apologized to the police
Varun had a bit of an altercation with the Mumbai police when a photo of him taking a selfie with a fan in traffic went viral. An excited fan was in a car next to Varun's while they were stuck in traffic and Varun took the fan's phone so that they could take a selfie together. The official Mumbai Police Twitter account caught wind of the incident and posted a tweet reprimanding the action as it was unsafe and risking multiple lives.
.@Varun_dvn These adventures surely work on D silver screen but certainly not on the roads of Mumbai! U have risked ur life,ur admirer’s & few others. V expect better from a responsible Mumbaikar & youth icon like U! An E-Challan is on d way 2 ur home. Next time, V will B harsher pic.twitter.com/YmdytxspGY— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) November 23, 2017
Varun than gracefully responded to the original tweet with a wholehearted apology and explanation, tweeting, "My apologies. Our cars weren’t moving since we were at a traffic signal and I didn’t want to hurt the sentiment of a fan but next time I’ll keep safety in mind and won’t encourage this."
My apologies Our cars weren’t moving since we were at a traffic signal and I didn’t want to hurt the sentiment of a fan but next time I’ll keep safety in mind and won’t encourage this. https://t.co/MEJk56EksG— Varun ZAFAR Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) November 23, 2017
While it was a faux pas on Varun's part to take the selfie in the first place, his explanation certainly made clear why he saw it as safe to do so. His immediate willingness to apologize and learn from his mistakes publicly is definitely admirable!
3. When he had this sweet reaction to a fan's proposal
In yet another example of Varun being a darling to his adoring fans, one fan decided to show her love for the actor with a super romantic gesture: through giving him a red rose! Varun looked adorably flustered at first but happily took the rose and continued to actually walk with the lucky fan while making conversation. As if he couldn't get any sweeter, Varun placed the rose in his shirt pocket, showing that he was clearly touched by the gesture.
Watch a clip of the interaction here:
2. When he gushed about his girlfriend Natasha's support
Varun's long-term relationship with his girlfriend and fashion designer Natasha Dalal has long been acknowledged. The couple have reportedly known each other since their schooldays and have a maintained a rock-solid relationship throughout Varun's career. Despite the several years they've been together, Varun has preferred to keep their relationship out of the spotlight as much as possible, citing the media's tendency to overspeculate on star couples.
During an appearance on Koffee With Karan though, he made a rare statement on Natasha that was totally romantic. He spoke about their long history as school friends-turned-lovers and how they support each other.
"When I and Natasha are concerned, eventually after we get married and we are together and all that stuff... she has her own individuality and that is why I am with her. She has her own voice, which is super strong with things she wants to do and achieve in life and as her partner, that is something I want to support. She has been very supportive of my career since day one. I have known her since school. We were friends then. Since day one she has been supportive of my dreams. It has to be the same. From my side, I have to be supportive of her dreams. Eventually, as a couple, you want to evolve together," said Varun.
1. When he asked for consent from Alia
Throughout their promotions for Kalank, Varun and Alia were often paired together as they are portraying star-crossed lovers in the film. During one particular promo, Varun and Alia were asked to strike a pose for the cameras. The duo went for a classic hand-across-the-belly pose. But before doing so, Varun quickly asked for Alia's consent with the intimate gesture by asking her, "Fine?" When Alia responded that she was fine with it, Varun went ahead with the pose, proving that he's a guy that respects consent.
Watch a clip of what happened here: