ALL ABOUT BOYS AND BRO­MANCE

Dishoom boys Varun Dhawan and John Abra­ham in­dulged fans and talked about their equa­tion, stunts and com­bat­ing film piracy

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Ac­tors John Abra­ham and Varun Dhawan – made their way to HT City to meet the win­ners of Stars In The City con­test for their up­com­ing re­lease Dishoom. John has ear­lier worked with Varun’s brother Ro­hit Dhawan when the lat­ter di­rected him in Desi Boyz. This time, Varun and John share screen space in Dishoom, helmed by Ro­hit.

Talk­ing about their long­stand­ing as­so­ci­a­tion, John said, “Varun and I knew each other since Desi Boyz. So we got along from the first minute on day one. There was no ex­tra ef­fort. It was re­ally easy. I wish I was side­lined and had some­thing to say, but hon­estly, I was a part of their fam­ily. Gone are the days when we used to pub­li­cise the film with ‘ye ac­tor and wo ac­tor ke beech kuch prob­lem hai’.” But for Varun, work­ing with his brother wasn’t all hunky dory. As Varun put it, “He is def­i­nitely a strict di­rec­tor. Through­out the shoot he told me, ‘Be Ju­naid An­sari. Be the char­ac­ter’. In fact, Ro­hit and I never in­ter­acted post shoots. Our in­ter­ac­tions were lim­ited to the set.”

Varun said the real rea­son for tak­ing up a project like this was the im­mense re­spect he has for the men in uni­form. John and Varun play cops who have to res­cue a high-pro­file kid­napped crick­eter in the film. “I love po­lice of­fi­cers. I love the Army. I re­ally look up to them. So, when I got this op­por­tu­nity I al­most took it up like a case. Like In­dia’s top bats­man — Vi­rat Kohli or Ro­hit Sharma, got kid­napped and you’ve to bring him back. I play a Mid­dle Eastern cop and I learnt some Ara­bic from my driver who was from Islamabad, Pak­istan.” Re­cently, the mak­ers of Dishoom has a strat­egy to deal with piracy and film leaks be­fore the re­lease. Be­ing a pro­ducer, John says it’s one of the big­gest threats in the film in­dus­try to­day and that it needs to be dealt with strictly. “I just think the sys­tem failed and we are try­ing to cor­rect it. We are hop­ing the film doesn’t get leaked.”

JOHN ABRA­HAM, AC­TOR

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/ HT

John Abra­ham and Varun Dhawan with the win­ners of the Stars In The City con­test

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