An actor cannot take things for granted and the stardom or the success seriously, because every thing changes, says Varun Dhawan. He has been a popular actor ever since Student of the Year, but the actor says that in showbiz one cannot let success go to one’s head.
The actor, who enjoys a huge female fan following, says the equations change every Friday at the box office.
“ All of this (stardom) is here because of cinema. Like I say, I am here to be an actor — whether it is doing comedy, dance or action roles. If I am able to evoke an emotion among the audience, then my work is done,” Varun said.
The actor who was present at India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit, also said he is overwhelmed with the love that is showered upon him by his fans.
Dhawan entered the film industry with Student of The Year and went on to make his mark with films like Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Badlapur, Any Body Can Dance 2 and Dishoom. He also had setbacks with films like Main Tera Hero and Dilwale.
Dilwale, a film directed by Rohit Shetty, bombed at the box office despite a cast led by Bollywood heavy-weights like Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. Varun admits that Dilwale was a failure, but he refuses to ever call it a “mistake”.
“I will never say that Dilwale was a mistake. Rohit has entertained the audience for years and years, and it also starred Shah Rukh Khan who is a super duper star. Maybe a lot of people didn’t like the film, maybe I was also not at my best”.
Responding to a question Varun revealed that he was 13 when he kissed for the first time. Back then, he was a teenager, but now he says he understands that people need to “invest in relationships” for sustaining them.
“I’m not going to tell you her name. Anyway, I was 13 years old, she was a year younger than me. It was at the back of her building. I don’t know why, but I thought I knew what I was going to be doing. I’d seen Titanic and all. After a few minutes of my fumbling around, she got impatient, caught me, said ‘what are you doing?’ and then just went for it…”
On his first serious relationship he said: “I was in HR college at the time… it was the first serious, long term relationship I’d been in. I think it had lasted four months… but then she cheated on me. I think I dealt with it okay; I’m a little dramatic – I’m an actor, after all – so I think I somewhere wanted to experience heartbreak anyway. There are supposed to be nine emotions, and you need to go through all of them to learn”.
He also spoke of how the Indian film industry, which produces over 1000 films every year, is not going through such a rosy phase economically.
“The film industry is economically not going through a great period. As an industry, we need to get our act slightly together and make sure people come in more for content and performances,” Varun said. – CINEWS