In an interview to Mirror (July 16), writer-duo Sajid-Farhad had revealed that they’ve written a script for Rohit Shetty, which will be an ode to the heroism of the 80s, featuring Shah Rukh Khan in a Bachchan-esque avatar. They had also said that the film will feature two younger actors.
Mirror has now learnt that Arjun Kapoor and Varun Dhawan could be roped in to play SRK’s siblings in the comic caper. Revealed a source close to the development, “It’s an outand-out comedy with a strong emotional core- classic Rohit Shetty territory. To play SRK’s chhote bhais, the makers have zeroed in on Varun Dhawan and Arjun Kapoor.”
However, the spokesperson of Shah Rukh’s production house was non-committal on the subject, saying, “We are going to make a film with Rohit Shetty in the near future. Currently, we are working on the story. Nothing else has been finalised so far.”
However our source insisted that a grand announcement will be made in the coming months. As of now, Shetty is racing against time to finish the edit of Singham Returns, which opens on August 15. The said film will only roll early next year.
Move over Naseeruddin Shah. Varun Dhawan is now practising what the veteran actor preaches – method acting. The actor drank alcohol to lend authenticity to scenes featuring him in a sozzled avatar.
Director Sriram Raghavan introduced Varun Dhawan to the painful pleasures of method acting. For two of his important dramatic sequences in Shashank Khaitan’s recently released “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”, Varun hit the bottle.
Since Varun was off alcohol, the sudden indulgence hit him hard. It’s being said that the actor had to be physically supported by the crew as he wobbled and stumbled all over.
Varun blames Raghavan for the unscheduled spot of method acting.
“I finished shooting the first half of Sriram Raghavan’s film when I came into the climax of ‘Humpty…’ .So maybe I was a little more intense in my approach than I’d have been otherwise,” he said.
Varun’s drink went straight to his head.
“There is a scene where I had to be drunk in the climax. It was shot at 4 a.m. I took a risk and actually consumed alcohol for the scene. Can you imagine, drinking at 4 a.m.? I hadn’t had any alcohol for a while. It suddenly hit me and I was actually drunk,” he said.
Varun says he was scared as he had lost control of his body movements.
“Yes, it was scary and it was a scene staring into Ashutosh Rana’s big intimidating eyes. That scene is very precious to me,” said the actor.
With her last two releases Aashiqui 2 and Ek Villain entering the prestigious Rs 100 crore-club of Bollywood, Shraddha Kapoor is now gearing up to star opposite her childhood friend Varun Dhawan in ABCD 2.
Shraddha feels Varun, who was last seen in romantic comedy Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania, is the most versatile actor of the current generation.
“I am excited to shoot with Varun because he is not only my childhood friend but also the most versatile actor of our generation. We have grown up together in the same film environment as we used to accompany our fathers during the shoots. He is my friend first and then a co-star. I really hope that our chemistry as friends translates on-screen too,” Shraddha told PTI in an interview.
Being directed by ace choreographer Remo D’Souza and produced by Disney movies, Any Body Can Dance 2 will go on floors next month for a release next year.
Shraddha is worried about matching the high-octane energy of Varun and is currently undergoing dance workshops in Mumbai. “I am playing a professional dancer in the film. To match up to Varun’s energy level and other professional dancers in the film is a challenge for me. I am rehearsing a lot with them. ABCD 2 is a great learning experience for me as I am getting to learn how to be passionate and dedicated towards your interests,” she said.
The sequel of the last year’s 3D dance film will also see actors Prabhu Deva, Lauren Gottlieb, Punit Pathak Dharmesh Yelande reprising their roles in the film.
Shraddha credits the back-to-back success of her last two releases Aashiqui 2 and Ek Villain to her director Mohit Suri. “I am lucky that I have given two hits and I owe my success to Mohit Suri. But at the same time I have to work hard to fulfil the expectations from my fans. I just hope that all these films help me to sharpen my acting prowess,” she said.
Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan-starrer Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania seems to have interrupted the dream run of Ek Villain with its collection of Rs. 9.02 crore on Friday.
While the film got good response in North India, its collections were affected in Maharashtra due to heavy rains. Also, Riteish Deshmukh’s Marathi film Lai Bhaari opened to rave reviews in the state, somewhat affecting HSKD.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#HumptySharmaKiDulhania Fri 9.02 cr nett. India biz. Despite heavy rains. Despite #LaiBhaari affecting biz in Maharashtra. VERY GOOD! (sic)”
The film is also Dhawan’s biggest opener till date. Adarsh said in another tweet, “#MainTeraHero opening day was 6.60 cr nett, while #HumptySharmaKiDulhania is 9.02 cr nett. Varun Dhawan’s biggest opener!”
In an interview, Varun also said he had high hopes from the film and wanted his audience to be “happy” after seeing the film.
Talking about working with Alia in the film, he said, “Working with her, I actually had to change my acting style completely and unlearn a lot of things that I had applied to my characters earlier on. Both of us influenced each other’s performances to a large extent.”
He said that he has worked the hardest on this film. “To be very honest, I worked harder on Humpty than my last film, Main Tera Hero. I did many workshops. I never did workshops in Main Tera Hero. There was a lot more improvisation in my dad’s film. Humpty’s director Shashank Khaitan is a different school. Shashank controlled my expressions. I normally do a half-smile on camera. He showed me how to smile fully. I also delivered my lines slower, much slower.”
Meanwhile, Ek Villain has crossed Rs. 100-crore Rubicon and is already amongst the biggest hits of the year. The film stars Siddharth Malhotra, Riteish and Shraddha Kapoor.
With their upcoming film, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (HSKD), Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt have got an opportunity to create a memorable love story of their own. Diehard fans of romantic movies, the two actors have grown up on films like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil To Pagal Hai and many more.
Of course, DDLJ always held a special place in their hearts. Alia was only two and Varun, eight, when the film released in 1995. But as they grew up, they revisited this romantic saga time and again and considered it their love bible. Shah Rukh Khan as Raj, the quintessential lover boy, and Kajol as the mature Simran found fans in these young stars.
Little did Varun and Alia know that at some point in their career, they will pay a tribute to their all-time favourite film. In fact, producer Karan Johar himself mentioned that his movie is an ode to DDLJ, which he considers to be the pillar of love stories.
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, produced by Dharma Productions, releases July 11.
Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan says he and his Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya co-star Alia Bhatt are just friends and they share a love-and-hate relationship. “We have spent so much time with each other that we are comfortable with each other. Ours is a love and hate relationship. We keep fighting a lot on various small things. But we are friends,” Varun said.
“We get little shocked when people say that there is a intense amazing chemistry between us. Chemistry is needed in a love story but we did the film as actors,” he said.
Recently, Alia said in an interview that “Varun gets angry with her because he loves her”.
On this, the 27-year-old actor replied, “It is friendship-wala love only. There is nothing like that.”
Varun also made it clear that he is not dating anyone. However, in real life he would want to have a life partner like Alia’s character, Kavya in their upcoming film Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.
“I want someone who is just like Alia’s character in the film (‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’). She should be very helpful, protective and ambitious. You need that person in your life who pushes you to do something. She should be beautiful from within and outside,” Varun said.
Varun has teamed up with Alia for the second time in the upcoming film after making their debut in Karan Johar’s Student of The Year. “We hope our on screen ‘jodi’ works then we will do other films. We have heard that our on screen chemistry is good but there was no pressure as such when we were doing the film. Chemistry is important in love stories,” Varun said.
Varun added that Alia has become better as an actor.