'Amitabh Bachchan even tweeted about me'
David Dhawan’s younger son Varun Dhawan made an impressive debut with SOTY. Not only has the audience loved the film but the critics have also praised him. Varun says, “To be very honest the biggest thing for me was when Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) spoke to me and even tweeted about me. For an aspiring actor like me when Amitabh Bachchan says something and mentions my name, what more can I ask for? Another very overwhelming thing for me is the fact that Yash Chopraji saw the film and I think these two people mean everything to me. I never thought the critics would like my performance and for them to give special mention about me was something great. For me, acting comes first and everything else is secondary.” Varun adds, “A lot of people have been saying that this is a film with two heroes but I would want to add that this film has only one hero and that is Karan Johar.”
‘I wanted to see the weekend collections before calling it a hit’
Alia Bhatt might be only 19 years old but understands the business of cinema like no one else, courtesy her uncle Mukesh Bhatt.
Alia says, “Only an idiot would not do a Karan Johar film and I am happy that I had to go through the grind like anyone else. I was one of the 400 girls who were auditioned for the role, followed by the look test, photo shoot, etc. My father never offered me any film and even if he would have, I would not have done my first film with him.” The actress adds, “I was keen to see how the film opens and what would be the weekend collections before I could call it a hit. I follow box office figures and my chachu (Mukesh Bhatt) tells me everything.” Finally speaking about the comparisons with older sister Pooja, Alia says, “It was expected as people say that I look like her but I am happy that now people won’t know me only as Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter or Pooja Bhatt’s sister!”
‘Karan and Varun are my friends now’
From the word go, Sidharth clarifies that he doesn’t understand the business of cinema. However, the actor is glad that people have started recognising him on the roads. The actor recalls, “I went out to buy something and realised that people around me were whispering. Another day, I was walking down the road when a group of youngsters spoke to me and even clicked pictures with me. Things are changing. It is all because of Karan Johar and Dharma Productions.”Incidentally, given that the film was a two-hero project, Sidharth and Varun even had a little chat between the two of them to sort out their priorities. “I spoke to Varun after a couple of shots and told him that there could be a situation where the two of us could be pitted against each other. People would say various things but we needed to be friends first. That’s what happened and today Varun is probably my only friend from Bollywood apart from Karan.”