Has your (Alia Bhatt) post 2 States success sunk in?
No; and it shouldn’t sink in either because then it goes to your head and you become overconfident, your work start suffering, people start getting irritated with you. I don’t think it helps you grow as an actor and a performer.
You are doing yet another romcom in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania?
HSKD is an out an out love story. Student of the Year was about two boys and their competition, Highway was a very intense film about self discovery and 2 States was a satire on marriage. After Jab We Met (2007), there have been many romcoms but not a typical love story. HSDK fits in the contemporary 2014 idea of love unlike something made 15years ago.
But it is being compared to DDLJ.
It’s a modern tribute to DDLJ, it’s not a copy nor a spoof. There is an iconic scene in the film but it has been flipped around. So everything is done with a twist, plus the film is not shot in Europe (like DDLJ was), it’s located in Delhi.
You have been lucky in getting good roles in all your films so far.
I would like to believe that I don’t want to be just a love interest in a film, I should leave an impact. I can’t just stand in the frame. That does not mean I don’t want to do commercial films, I want to do all the commercial films. I want to work with Rohit Shetty but I should have a good role.
You have a strong screen presence. Do you end up stealing the thunder from your co-stars?
No. A film works because of two people; you don’t come out thinking about a person, you come out thinking about the film. What I loved about 2 States is that people came out to say what a well-directed film. I want people to say HSKD too is a good film. I wouldn’t be happy if they said Alia is very good and Varun is okay, that means the film hasn’t worked.
Do you watch your competitors’ films?
Yes I do, but not because I am competing with them. I like watching films I am a moviegoer so I make it a point to watch all films.
How would you evaluate Sidharth’s performance in Ek Villain?
He was outstanding — he has matured as an actor and is looking very hot. He has no idea what it’s going to do for his career.
What did you think of Shraddha Kapoor?
She was very good. I called Shraddha and told her that it was a very difficult role — to be this constantly bubbly chirpy person — and she did it with a great sense of ‘Indianness’. The Indian audience will find her character appealing; she has beauty, a good smile, soft eyes. She has a ‘connect’ with the masses which is very important in our industry.
Do you think you would have been able to pull off her Ek Villain role better?
It’s a difficult character but if I had been offered the film I would want to do Riteish’s role. I want to play a negative character.