VARUN GOES OFF TWIT­TER TO FO­CUS ON ACT­ING

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He started off with a bang with Stu­dent of The Year. Ever since, Varun Dhawan has in­tel­li­gently mixed his film choices and de­liv­ered box­of­fice hits, re­sult­ing in him be­com­ing one of the most bank­able young ac­tors in Bol­ly­wood. As he com­pletes five years in the in­dus­try, Varun is fo­cussing on reach­ing the op­ti­mal level he’s ca­pa­ble of as a per­former, get­ting at least two new movies out ev­ery year.

“Peo­ple around me keep telling me [that I’m do­ing very well], but I don’t think I have hit my full po­ten­tial as yet,” says Varun. “Last year, I felt that be­sides Dishoom, maybe I should’ve had an­other re­lease. I should have an av­er­age of at least two films ev­ery year.”

So in­tent he is on raising his per­for­mance to the next level that Varun has gone off Twit­ter, con­cen­trat­ing on his “dif­fi­cult film (Jud­waa 2)”. He clar­i­fies that it’s a brief break. “So­cial me­dia was a bit of a dis­trac­tion. I will come back to it, though,” says the ac­tor.

Varun be­ing off so­cial me­dia doesn’t mean that so­cial me­dia are off Varun. There are plenty of head­lines around his — maybe — girl­friend, Natasha Dalal, who’s also a for­mer school class­mate of the ac­tor. Varun dodges a clear de­nial or con­fir­ma­tion, only say­ing, “This is just all very child­ish. It’s fine and it doesn’t bother me.”

Girl­friend ru­mours lead to the ques­tion of whether mar­riage is on his mind, since Varun is also close to 30. He says that it hasn’t yet crossed his mind, but he is, how­ever, set­ting up his own house. “That’s the prime fo­cus right now in terms of what I want to achieve,” says the ac­tor. “Once that’s done, then I will think about ev­ery­thing else.”

The idea of an el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lor and a ladies’ man cre­at­ing a home sounds de­li­cious. Varun laughs at the de­scrip­tion of him­self be­ing a ladies’ man, and says, “I don’t think that’s true. Maybe, ini­tially in my career, I’d hear th­ese things, but not now. In the past two-three years, there has been a full im­age change.”

So­cial me­dia was a bit of a dis­trac­tion [from work­ing on the new film Jud­waa 2]. I will come back to it, though VARUN DHAWAN, AC­TOR

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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