Di­rect­ing films? One day, but not now, says Varun

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Di­rect­ing films runs in Varun Dhawan’s (right) blood — fa­ther David has been one of Bol­ly­wood’s most pro­lific film­mak­ers since Taaqat­war (1989), and brother Ro­hit has also di­rected Desi Boyz (2011) and Dishoom (2016). But Varun him­self, as of now, prefers to stay in front of the cam­era.

“I don’t know [if I want to di­rect]; not right now, for sure,” says Varun. For the next 10 years or so, fans should be able to en­joy Varun Dhawan the ac­tor, as that’s what he in­tends to fo­cus on. “I don’t think I have [di­rect­ing] in me right now,” he says.

But he also hints that the day would come. “Har ac­tor ko ek film ka keeda hota hai,” says Varun, smil­ing. Right now, the fa­ther-son duo, Varun and David, wants the spot­light to re­main on his act­ing ca­reer. “I don’t think my fa­ther wants me to di­rect a film and even I don’t want to,” says Varun. “I’m happy be­ing his kid and I am also work­ing with some won­der­ful peo­ple [in cin­ema] and learn­ing a lot.”

The ac­tor gives his film­maker fa­ther the credit for his own “knowl­edge of cin­ema”. He says that he loves to “hang out with a se­nior”, hear­ing about their ex­pe­ri­ences of film­mak­ing.

One such meet­ing was with Neerja di­rec­tor Ram Mad­hvani. “I watched Neerja in Abu Dhabi,” says Varun, “and loved the way Ram had made it. It shook me. So when I came back, I called up Ram.”

The con­ver­sa­tion about Neerja was “fas­ci­nat­ing” for the ac­tor. “I learnt a lot dur­ing the 50-55 min­utes that I spent with [Ram]. Spend­ing time with film­mak­ers is one of the best and en­rich­ing things,” con­cludes Varun.

I don’t think my fa­ther wants me to di­rect a film and even I don’t want to. I’m happy be­ing his kid and [am] also learn­ing a lot VARUN DHAWAN, AC­TOR

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