‘The kids have done very well’ – That’s the first thing veteran director David Dhawan says when asked about the super-success of his actor son Varun Dhawan’s latest film, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. The film is raking in impressive amounts of money and regaling audience, especially in the North.
But while one would have thought that Dhawan Sr would shower praises only upon his son, he makes it a point to mention that a lot has to be attributed to the kind of chemistry that Varun and Alia bring on screen. “It is to the credit of both these kids that the film is looking so good and has received such a good reception,” says the veteran director of over 40 films.
This is the second Varun-Alia film to work at the box-office after Student Of The Year and this time around it’s just a love story without a significant third angle. David says, “A love story works on the basis of chemistry and despite being so young, Varun and Alia have been able to ignite it so well. They are still gaining experience but looking at their confidence, they definitely have a long innings ahead.”
Of course, he is pleased as punch for his son who has now managed to impresses thrice in a row after Student of the Year and Main Tera Hero. “I am proud of him,” says Dhawan Sr., “He is maturing well as an actor, as can be seen in ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. This was not just a film where you sing and dance and move on. There are so many sensitive scenes in the film and I am glad that after a fun film (Student of the Year) and an out-and-out comedy (Main Tera Hero), he has got the ‘sur’ right for a romantic comedy too.”
So does David plan to direct Varun again? After all, it was recently reported that he now wants to make films only with his son. The senior Dhawan who has been battling health issues of late, however, said, “For now I am taking rest; I am happy this way. The kids are doing good work. First Rohit (Dhawan) will make a film with Varun and then next year I will direct him. Let me take it easy for a while. I have worked for so many years; at times it is good to relax too,” beams the happy father.
- Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood News Service