‘Al­ways lovely’ to work with Alia

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They started their ca­reers to­gether (with Stu­dent of The Year, 2012). And since then, there have been umpteen sto­ries about link-ups, break-ups and patch-ups be­tween Varun Dhawan (above) and Alia Bhatt. But Varun isn’t los­ing any sleep over it.

“It’s all good. Alia and I have worked to­gether [in mul­ti­ple films] and we en­joy work­ing with one another. I did my first film with her and now my third one (Badri­nath Ki Dul­ha­nia, 2017) too. So, it’s all nice and it’s al­ways lovely work­ing with her. Peo­ple en­joy watch­ing us to­gether, which is the most im­por­tant thing. At the end of the day, Alia is a friend of mine,” he says.

In fact, to­wards the end of 2016, ru­mours were do­ing the rounds that they went on a lunch date while shoot­ing for Badri­nath Ki Dul­ha­nia in Sin­ga­pore. Then, Alia, who is re­port­edly dat­ing Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra, told us that un­like other sto­ries, this ru­mour had “both­ered” her.

“Yes, it was very up­set­ting for me, too. Alia and I were work­ing ex­tremely hard [in Sin­ga­pore] on the film. We were con­scious of the fact that we were pair­ing up for the third time, and so, we were like, ‘How should we do some­thing novel and unique?’” he says. In the mid­dle of all that, while they were putting in “so many hours ev­ery day with the di­rec­tor”, these dat­ing ru­mours sur­faced.

Varun says, “Some­times, these things make your work look friv­o­lous. Peo­ple are like, ‘Yaar, yeh log yahi kar ra­hein hain (they are do­ing this only).’ It got ir­ri­tat­ing at that point, but now, it’s fine. It’s part and parcel of be­ing an ac­tor, and you also take such things with a pinch of salt.”

Right now, says Varun, he feels “dis­con­nected” from “who is say­ing what or who is writ­ing what.”

PHOTO: VI­RAL BHAYANI

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