At the dizzying height of his success, Varun Dhawan picked an October. Exactly like he had picked Badlapur out of the blue,
showing the world he was a lot more than just a pretty face who could dance and flex muscle. But, Varun has been finding it difficult to shake off his character in October. “It was that kind of experience, one I can’t just leave behind,” says Varun.
Dan, his character in October, is not heroic in the filmy sense, but he is looking at more than just pushing the envelope. “Not just push, but phado (tear) the envelope. I am not interested in doing unconventional roles that don’t go all the way. Why should offbeat roles not be popular? When we made October we knew it wouldn’t get the audience of a Judwaa 2. It was made within the required budget. And, we were not disappointed with the results,” he says.
And, October’s collections have beaten expectations. “Within a day of its release, the audience began to increase considerably. That was very reassuring. Will there be more of such envelope-phadu roles? “But, it has to be a character like the one in October,” insists Varun, “one who is completely honest even about his dishonesty. We all lie to others and to ourselves. But, how often is the hero allowed to admit his weaknesses on screen? Juhi Chaturvedi [screenwriter] has written the character as flawed and, yes, quite annoying in the way he pushes his opinion on others. Dan is quite overbearing. Yet, he redeems himself finally. I loved my character’s journey.”
Varun has no regrets picking an October with one blockbusting success after another under his belt. “After Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya and Judwaa 2, I could have done another blockbuster kind of film. But, I wanted to play a character not so high on self confidence. Dan is a bit of an upstart. He isn’t your average hero. When I heard about the role I insisted that Shoojit cast me, although he had a completely different cast in mind. And, at 30, I am not as inexperienced in matters of illness and grieving. I’ve watched both my parents lose their parents and how it affected them. And, I saw how my mother tended to her parents when they were ill. Somewhere in my subconscious I had stored all those memories and used it in October,” he says.
He is all praise for the director and producer, saying, “To me, as an actor, it is remarkable that we were able to make this film, and on the budget that such a project permitted....