While critics have their own smirking take on David Dhawan’s Judwaa 2, the audience seems to be enjoying every minute of Varun Dhawan’s tomfoolery.
David, however, has been laughing dismissively at the derisive reviews. “Let the critics have their fun. They are so cut off from real India. If they were right and I was wrong, I would not be making films any more.”
David began his directorial career with the Govinda-Sanjay Dutt-starrer Taqatwar. “To those out there who want to know why I don’t change my style of on-screen comedy my argument is simple: chalti gadi ka bonnet nahin kholte (you don’t open the bonnet of a moving car). When my so-called formula is being accepted wholeheartedly, why would I want to change it? Would you have asked the late Manmohan Desai to change his pattern of filmmaking in spite of all his films being a success?”
David considers himself Manmohan’s biggest disciple. “I learnt everything that I know about filmmaking from him. He was a mentor. If I’ve lasted so long it’s because of his teaching and blessings.”
The first Judwaa, starring Salman Khan, when it was released in 1997 was also trashed by critics. “Not a single review praised Judwaa. Now critics are calling it a classic while trashing Judwaa 2. So maybe when I make Judwaa 3, they will change their opinion about Judwaa 2,” he laughs.