“My brother keeps me grounded; he insults me a lot.”
Varun Dhawan has had three releases so far – and all three have been successful. The thumping affirmation received by his recent release Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania comes on the heels of his earlier two triumphs — Student Of The Year and Main Tera Hero. “Nowadays people think I am really funny and sweet,” Varun smiles.
But the young actor insists that he has not let all this attention given him a swollen head. While admitting that success can turn some people’s heads, Varun says he is safe because “My mother and brother always help me to stay grounded.”
It seems his elder brother Rohit Dhawan (director of Desi Boyz) is especially good at keeping his brother from flying too high. Varun reveals, “He keeps me grounded; he insults me a lot. He keeps telling me ‘Relax, you still have to achieve a lot and get better with your work.’ I stay with two directors – my dad David Dhawan and my brother so I know they are the actual stars and not me.”
Ask Varun if he considers himself a ‘hero’ now and he jokes, “The type of work they are making me do … I don’t think any hero is treated like that. I look at myself more as an actor.”
He pleads an inability to assess his growth as an actor. “I think I am still the same from my first film,” Varun ponders before adding, “Maybe I am more mature and controlled now.”
Steering clear of all the encomiums coming his way, Varun is currently concentrating on his forthcoming films, — an edgy thriller with Sriram Raghavan (“we are shooting in unknown areas so that nobody gets to learn about the film”) and the Remo Fernandes-directed dance drama ABCD 2.