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COVER STORY: Varun Dhawan on exploring his wild facet

There’s one thing about Varun Dhawan that’s totally different. I can’t place my finger on it, at first. Sure, he’s wanting rested, wanting dapper, wanting good. However then he’s a film star. You count on that of him. There’s therav, for certain. However there’s extra. There’s extra to Varun Dhawan than his quintessential film star appears. Discuss to him for a couple of minutes and you recognize, there are layers to the happy-go-lucky persona that we’ve all come to count on of him.

So we’re sitting in his front room, comfortably ensconced on the couch.  

He sits on his favorite rocking chair, having fun with his omelet. Whereas his newly-acquired beagle, Joey is fortunately exploring my ears.  A pleasant canine if I ever noticed one. Similar to the grasp. Varun Dhawan, who has Bhediya arising, is in a reflective temper. Sure, he’s enthusiastic about his film. In spite of everything, he’s given his all and extra to the movie. We do the common film speak after which the temper shifts. He talks about the necessity to again off from social media, to be much less of a individuals pleaser, to offer himself extra credit score for the issues he’s achieved. He talks about how he’s wanting inside lately. Says Covid has modified all the pieces and everybody. After which he stumps me by saying that he’s taking recourse into faith. He’s studying The Mahabharata and The Bhagvad Gita… Sure that’s what has modified about Varun… He’s pondering deeply… asking questions. He isn’t dazzled anymore by decadent life or film star appearances… There must be extra to life than that, he says. I agree. That is how the dialog flows then:

Varun Dhawan

To start with, what attracted you to Bhediya?

It was the wildest script that I’ve ever heard. I truly mentioned sure to the movie simply primarily based on the one line that Dinu (Dinesh Vijayan) instructed me on the telephone. I simply knew that Amar (Kaushik) was going to make it a couple of man getting bitten by a wolf.

And changing into a werewolf?

I’m not going to say werewolf. Bhediya ban jaata hai. In order that was thrilling. After which the script developed and got here to me after a yr. I confirmed curiosity all through the event course of. I met Amar three to 4 instances. I heard him out and acquired to know his thought course of, issues he likes and dislikes. After which the lockdown occurred. After which the second lockdown occurred. Simply earlier than the second lockdown, Amar was like, “Let’s simply begin.” Then I had COVID, so Jug Jug Jeeyo stopped. I had lots of time readily available. So I simply acquired into this one. 

You’re getting into this world of horror, the supernatural… What was the expertise like for you? 

It was insane. It was all the pieces that I needed it to be. And as an actor, I simply surrendered to the director. He knew the world very effectively as a result of he’d achieved Stree. So he knew the beats of the world. He knew the form of reactions he wanted. He knew the form of issues he needed so far as the VFX of the movie is worried, prosthetics and stuff. We have been all studying collectively. However Amar was too fingers on throughout the course of.

Varun Dhawan

VFX and prosthetics could make or break a movie like this.

Sure, and that was one in every of my considerations too. Fortunately, Dinu acquired MPC on board; they did the VFX for Jungle E book they usually’ve achieved a great deal of movies that cope with animals. So then I knew we have been in protected fingers. However till you don’t see, you don’t know precisely. We additionally had one nice supervisor, James, who’d come from London. He was working with us. I had lots of belief and perception in him too. And so did Amar. Darrell Mclean, who was doing our motion, had flown down from South Africa. These guys actually labored exhausting to carry to the display screen what Amar needed.

You suppose the Indian viewers will join with the idea? Werewolves, in any case, aren’t a part of our mythology.

No, however it’s. We don’t suppose it’s as a result of we don’t know a lot about our tradition. We’re  sitting in our ivory towers. That’s why you’re reacting like this. However there’s a full mythology,  folklore in Ziro, in Arunachal Pradesh, about Yapum. So in the event you go there, they’ll let you know about Yapum and what occurs once you go into the forest. The forest is sacred to them. I don’t wish to inform the story, however yeah, it’s born out of the mythology of our land. There are such a lot of locations in our nation and so many issues that we don’t know. We’re ignoring the village viewers. Why are we not making village tales anymore? What number of mythologies do they’ve? Amar all the time says, “Why ought to we hold speaking in regards to the West?” We’re impressed by Junoon and Naagin. Why give credit score to the West for all the pieces?

Varun Dhawan

You shot in Arunachal  for this. What was the expertise like?


Unbelievable. It was my first time there. There’s no direct flight to Arunachal. You go to Guwahati or Dibrugarh, after which from there, you drive all the way down to Ziro. It’s a fourteen-hour drive. When you get there, it’s simply superb. The air you breathe is so clear. There’s greenery throughout. It’s lovely. We have been there for 2 months. I appreciated it greater than town. All my life, I’ve been within the metropolis. It was such a pleasant change. Anyway, it was lockdown, and there have been no instances there. It was nice to be there.

What sort of preparation did you do for the movie?

I labored with Devrath Vijay (Ninja Dev). He skilled me fully for this. After which, in direction of the later half, in fact, Prashant got here on once more. However Ninja Dev was there all through. We did lots of animal circulate. I reduce down on lots of weight as a result of Amar didn’t need pronounced muscle mass on me. I needed to be versatile by way of actions, particularly throughout the transformation scenes. In order that was tiring. There was one scene the place 

I did like 42 takes. That was probably the most tiring day of my life. My vocal cords have been strained after screaming a lot. Then I additionally labored quite a bit on my speech, on how Amar needed the strains to be delivered. Because it was the lockdown, we had ample time. So on daily basis I used to be simply making ready, studying the script with him, and spending lots of time with Abhishek Banerjee additionally. I bonded quite a bit with him. Apparently, Amar doesn’t say “motion,” he says “Khelo.” and he all the time performs music earlier than you begin performing.So when he says Khelo, does he allow you to play along with your character or give strict directions? No, he doesn’t allow you to play. All the pieces is inside the framework of the movie and the character. 

Varun Dhawan

Did you shock your self whereas taking part in the character, or that doesn’t occur anymore?


I ready quite a bit for this movie. Generally once you don’t put together and go into a movie, then there are extra probabilities to be shocked. Right here, there was a lot exhausting work earlier than the movie began. We knew precisely what we needed to do. I don’t suppose I’ve acted on this movie like I’ve acted in different movies. I couldn’t pitch the strains like I usually do. There are some scenes which have a realness to them, and a few which can be hyper. Amar didn’t need me to be the place I’m. It was sur upar ya sur neeche pakadna hai. Right here, he had instructed me beforehand, “Aisa hai, aisa karna hai.” 


You’ve accomplished ten years within the trade. Can we name you a bonafide veteran now? 


No, I’m not. I believe birthdays and these years that we hold counting are the worst issues we do. We must always cease doing it. We must always cease reminding individuals. Why are you reminding individuals? Take pleasure in, celebration… Ab tum itne saal ke ho gaye ho. Tumko kya hai? Let’s get pleasure from on daily basis.


However what has been these ten years like for you, once you look again? 


I nonetheless really feel like a newcomer. Particularly with Bhediya and Bawaal arising. Within the post-pandemic interval, I really feel we’re beginning over again. Profitable again the viewers, making movies that are related to now…The query now’s how can we have interaction the viewers once more? 

Varun Dhawan

The world has modified and we aren’t ready to grapple with the change. Proper? 


However that’s true of each  enterprise. The issue is that humara report card sabko dikh jaata hai, baakiyon ka report card sabko nahi dikhta hai. Bas that’s the distinction. 

Are you anxious in regards to the individuals not coming to the theatres?


I spend an excessive amount of time worrying. Now I don’t wish to. When Jug Jug Jeeyo occurred, it gave me a glimmer of hope. If the plenty hadn’t taken to it then perhaps I might have been a special individual. However thank God the movie did effectively. We made the movie with good intentions. When your intent is nice, typically issues work out. It was good that individuals got here to look at the movie. When I used to be selling the movie, I felt they needed to come back into the theatre. However now you’ve to offer them a little greater than you gave them earlier than. Yeah… So Bhediya is much more by way of the story,  the VFX, the motion. It’s thrilling. You don’t know what you’re going to count on. And there’s lots of humour too. It’s new.


However are you anxious as a result of nothing is working.…


Clearly everyone seems to be anxious. However nobody has the reply.


It appears individuals don’t wish to come into the theatres.…


However they’re watching. Don’t say they’re not watching content material. Sab kuch dekh rahe hain streaming pe. See, know-how has hit the trade. Now it’s about discovering the stability, that which movie is supposed for which medium. So it’s simply the medium that’s evolving. Theatrical releases will work ultimately. Clearly, we have to introspect. I believe everyone seems to be doing it. You will note that change quickly. There’s going to be lots of high quality management arising.

Varun Dhawan

Would you say you’re at a cheerful place in your profession now?


I’m making an attempt to be. The issue with us is that we don’t wish to all the time be blissful. We have to begin being a little bit grateful for the place we’re. And I’ve by no means been. I’m all the time like yeh achcha nahi hai, woh achcha nahi hai. I truly wish to begin giving myself a pat on the again.


What’s stopping you?


I don’t know. However I don’t do it sufficient. That’s what I’ve been telling myself lately… I’ve actually labored exhausting and I’ve truly achieved good work. And I have to give myself credit score for it. However I don’t.  It was in all probability the way in which I used to be introduced up. Or in all probability the individuals who have been closest to me didn’t let me…


Sit in your laurels? 


Perhaps they overdid it. Whether or not it’s my dad or whether or not it’s Karan (Johar), since day one they’ve been like, “Don’t do it.” However I’ve achieved cool issues. Whether or not it’s issues they needed me to do or issues they didn’t… I’ve to be extra grateful for all the pieces.

There was a time once you had a one hundred pc report on the box-office. Did that ever put any stress on you? 


Ya, it did. And I discover it silly that I allowed the stress get to me. I suppose I’m not silly. It might have put stress on anybody, for that matter. So it put stress on me and I couldn’t address it. I believe I let individuals get to me at that time. I used to be too naive, I had not lived sufficient life. I nonetheless haven’t, truly; I’m nonetheless younger. This expertise has made me develop up quite a bit. So I must work on different issues, not my profession.

Varun Dhawan

What are the opposite issues it’s worthwhile to work on?


The overthinking.




Yeah. We’re all competing. We’re operating in an imaginary rat race, the place there’s none. The world has modified, proper. Koi first aa gaya toh theek hai, excellent. Second aaya woh bhi achcha hai, third aaya woh bhi achcha hai, jo fifth, sixth, and jo tenth aaya wohi bhi achcha hai. We have now to cease pondering an excessive amount of about who’s on prime and who’s not. I simply really feel that social media has added to all of it. It’s all imaginary. We have to recover from it. We’re falling into that bubble. It’s occurring to everybody. I’ve not taken very constructive steps. However I do attempt to keep away from know-how as a lot as I can.

Varun Dhawan

How do you retain sane with a lot occurring round you? 


You’ve acquired to cease being a individuals pleaser. I’ve realised that what I like most is definitely simply performing. I get pleasure from performing, taking that shot. I don’t know if I’m having fun with the remainder of this nonsense that comes with it. So I’m pulling again. I ought to get pleasure from that too as a result of I did at one level. I went to Thumkeshwari’s launch just lately. I went to Gaiety. I had a good time. Seeing individuals dance on chairs. I loved it. However then going to a TV present for promotion is so blah… Perhaps it really works. It used to work at one level. I don’t know if it’s nonetheless working. And even when it’s working, in the event you’re not snug doing it, then perhaps you shouldn’t do it. You must do what you are feeling snug with. It’s getting a little bit monotonous. We’ve all been doing the identical factor for some time. I really feel the issue with movies can be this: all the pieces is identical. You need a little bit, “abhi kya naya kar sakte hain.” That’s why I’m enthusiastic about Bhediya. I’m not simply saying it’s 3D. It has all these points. It could actually promise time. And who doesn’t wish to have  time? 


Varun Dhawan

True. What are you grateful for proper now? 


Once I was capturing the music Thumkeshwari for Bhediya, I used to be going by means of an sickness referred to as vestibular hypofunction, the place you lose your stability. All the pieces was dizzy and shaky. That continued for a very long time. And it took some time to determine what the issue was. There’s no treatment for it. There’s no pill for it. There’s nothing. So what do you do? It was very tough. However when I did the music, I realised that I may work, and that gave me a lot happiness that I may ignore all the pieces. Time and again, it’s good to be reminded of why you like working. It’s like a love story. And you need to hold falling again in love with your self and your work.

Varun Dhawan


What are the steps you’re taking to only chill now?


Reducing off a little bit bit from social media. Not getting so obsessed  with it. Yoga has been very useful. Simply taking time without work, on and off. When you’ll be able to take time without work, it is best to take time without work. Being not so concerned is an efficient factor. .


And the way’s marriage been treating you? 


Superb and actually enjoyable. It doesn’t really feel like I’m married. It nonetheless looks like we’re relationship. It’s very new, so it’s thrilling.

Varun Dhawan

Has life modified for you since marriage?


I’ve my very own home; I reside with my spouse and my canine, in order that’s an enormous change. My dad and mom reside above my flat. However yeah, I’m made to really feel much more accountable.

You’ve purchased your self a pet? How did that 
come about?


Sure. I acquired Joey after the movie. As a result of there have been so many canines in Arunachal. There weren’t Beagles however there have been indies. I’d hold taking part in with them. I don’t know why, after doing this movie one thing occurred to me. I fell in love with canines. So I acquired him. He’s very loving. I feared canines initially however now I’m okay. 

Varun Dhawan

Do you see a change in your behaviour since you bought him?


Lots. Particularly in direction of them. Massive change. Change in direction of people additionally.


You began loving people extra?

(Guffaws) Much less.

How has Natasha modified you? 


All this stuff about realising to not be exhausting on myself are all hers. I really feel everybody ought to hold engaged on themselves to allow them to be most peaceable, glad, and blissful.

Varun Dhawan

What would the true Varun Dhawan like 
to do now? 


The actual Varun Dhawan wish to suppose much less and simply be current within the second. Sure, we’re all overthinking. We’re all losing our time fascinated by what others are pondering. Woh kya soch raha hai appears to be on prime of our minds. We don’t get pleasure from our current. That is what social media has achieved. I’m making an attempt to speculate extra time in studying about God and spirituality. 



Greater than spirituality, studying about my very own faith. As a result of we don’t learn about Hinduism. I’m a born Hindu, however how a lot do I learn about my faith? I’ve taken steps this yr to learn the complete Bhagavad Gita, to learn the Mahabharata, to practise sure issues. And simply to study extra and perceive extra. I genuinely imagine Hinduism is such a tremendous faith. such a peaceable faith. We have now a lot information in our personal nation and in our personal tradition that’s untapped. And we’re more often than not solely getting influenced by the West, when we’ve much more energy in our roots than some other nation.

Varun Dhawan

You’re going again to your roots?


Hmmm. I’ve this calling… So  each time a movie or a trailer of mine releases I’m going to Hare Rama, Hare Krishna Iskcon. It’s my factor I do.Just lately, one in every of my closest associates Ankit got here dwelling and requested me to go along with him to the temple. For some motive, I couldn’t go. I keep in mind it was Karva Chauth. Natasha had taken Joey for a stroll within the morning. And a few monks approached her and gave her a card. She got here dwelling and gave me the cardboard, it had Hare Rama Hare Krishna written on it. I used to be like it is a calling. Within the afternoon, I had a script narration and I’m not mendacity, I’m listening to this script and usmein koi bacha kidnap hota hai, and the monks are returning the kid, they usually’re saying Hare Rama, Hare Krishna, Hare Rama, Hare Krishna. Simply think about. I realised it was telling me one thing.  The one motive I’m saying this story is as a result of it was so superb. I went to the temple then. I had to go. Then  it began raining so closely that I couldn’t go away for one and a half hour. Finally you need to return to who you’re… We speak about all the pieces however we wont speak about our non secular facet. Why? There are such a lot of actors who’re into the artwork of residing or do meditation. However nobody talks about it. I don’t know why? This can be vital. 

Perhaps as a result of faith is personal? 

Why is it personal? If you happen to’re gaining energy from Ishwar, Prabhu, from no matter you name him, why is it personal? I’ll not put movies of me praying, that’s my personal factor. However in the event you ask me what provides me pleasure, I don’t suppose I ought to cover that. It actually provides me a way of peace and belonging.  



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