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