Shoojit Sircar's slice-of-life film October has finally hit the screens. The film stars Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu in the lead roles. October has been appreciated by both the critics and viewers. In an interview with a leading daily, Varun said, "This film was always beyond numbers and the love it has got from people has been tremendous. People have connected and are feeling proud that such films are made in India. So, that feels good that I’m a part of this cinema as well."
When asked that does he feel pressure when he is seen as one of the bankable stars, he said, "It’s a lot of pressure and I can’t take it head-on because all this is very new to me. I think after Judwaa 2 and Badrinath Ki Dulhania in 2017, which was probably my best year, I got flooded with [tags]. Strangely, the amount of praise I’m getting for October is way more than what I collectively got for those two films. A new set of people, who probably never acknowledged my work until now, are calling me. People who have never seen my [previous] work, are messaging me, which is also very new for me. I don’t know what I’ve done, but they’re like 'You are really brave with the choices you are making, it’s so cool the way you are doing this, you are down the right path and you need to be an actor also'."
Does he feel that there's a competition with other stars? On this he said, "I have no time for competition. I’m busy with films back to back, so there’s no time to think about what someone else is doing. I was promoting October while I was shooting for Sui Dhaaga [in Delhi]. And I’ve already announced my next [a dance film with Remo D’Souza]."
"If you talk about contemporaries, yes, it’s all a very healthy competition. It was so inspiring when I saw Ranveer [Singh] in Padmaavat. He put in a tremendous effort and it was a superb act done by him. When I saw Deepika [Padukone] and Shahid [Kapoor], they were so good in the film. So, I don’t feel there’s any race here. It’s too much effort, I feel. Actors are supposed to glide," added Varun.
The actor has made a name for himself at a very young age. On this, he said, "I love films. I can’t explain how passionate I am about cinema. Whatever kind of cinema it is, I enjoy it and love the [whole] process. And even in the ’80s and ’90s, when I was growing up and seeing my dad (filmmaker David Dhawan) work, all actors were doing three to four films at a time and the footfall in cinemas was more in that era than [it is] today. The money has grown obviously, because of inflation and ticket prices, but the number of people entering theatres was more back then. So, people in those years were doing something right."
"I have to look at the industry as a whole. It’s very easy to say, ‘Okay, I will do my one big film and that will make me this big superstar.’ Honestly, I’m very young right now and I have the stamina to do two or three films in a year. It’s very difficult, but I try and push myself to do that. I know for a fact that it takes care of a lot of people’s salaries and supports a lot of working hands in [Bollywood], and you have to work for everyone," Varun said and signed off.