Kriti Sanon and Varun
Dhawan – in conversation with Team Box Office
Box Office India (BOI): Varun, are you ready for
your sixth film?
Kriti Sanon (KS): Hit machine! Hit machine!! Hit
Varun Dhawan (VD): I am all set for my sixth
release but it is not about how much money these
films make but how much people genuinely like
these films. And that is the attempt with every
BOI: With this film, will you be knocking it out of
VD: I hope so. After Main Tera Hero, I am getting
into comedy and along with that, there is a lot of
drama and emotion in this film. But I primarily
signed this film for the type of role I was getting to
play and the emotional connect my character has
with his elder brother. After Main Tera Hero, I have
got an opportunity to do mainstream comedy. All
of it is in Dilwale and it is full-on!
KS: It is very difficult to do comedy and it is very
difficult to make people laugh. Among the younger
generation of actors, I don’t think anyone else can
pull it off better than Varun.
VD: Honestly, it is not what I can do. Technically, I
have worked with two directors who are baaps of
KS: Your dad… I am sure you must have learnt
something from him.
VD: I give him full credit. My dad and even Rohit
(Shetty) sir. Look at his track record in comedy .
KS: Yes, but not everyone can attempt a Govinda-
style film. I think there are very few people who
look good doing that. And Varun does.
BOI: Kriti, did you realise this after the shoot or
KS: I have been telling him this throughout the
VD: Initially, she was unsure and would keep
asking me, ‘Tu aisa hi hai ya character ke liye aisa
hua?’ She finally said, ‘Nahi, tu aisa hi hai.’
KS: His character Veer is a little more cracked
than Varun is in real life. There is so much of
Varun in the character.
VD: Are you crazy? Do you really think I behave
like that in real life?
KS: Of course, you do!
VD: No, when the camera is not rolling, and I am
home alone, I don’t do this sort of thing.
KS: I have not seen you home alone.
BOI: What about you, Kriti, what was your
reaction when you were approached for this film?
KS: I was obviously very excited. First, there was
no audition. I had just one meeting and everything
was finalised. It was very exciting because I have
grown up watching Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol’s films,
and I couldn’t believe that I was getting a chance
to work with them in my second film, and that too,
a film directed by Rohit Shetty. I was also excited
to work with Varun. This film has so many
experienced and talented actors. Just watching
them performing live is a learning experience.
BOI: Varun, what was your reaction when you got
a call from Rohit sir?
VD: First, I received a call from Yunus (Sajawal)
bhai. I know him very well and he has also written
a lot of my dad’s films. So, in his typical sweet
and low-pitched voice, he said, ‘Varun, tu aisa kar
tu aaja office, apan baith lete hai ek baar aur sun
lete hai par kisi ko mat bolna.’ I told my brother
(Rohit Dhawan) about it as he is also a big Rohit
Shetty fan. He said I should go but shouldn’t tell
anyone. So I didn’t tell Karan (Johar) and I didn’t
even tell my dad. These are the two people I
usually tell first.
I loved the story and then, straightaway, I went to
Karan’s house. Karan knows just how big a fan I
am of Rohit Shetty. He is supposed to make a film
with Rohit sir after this one, and I wanted to be
cast in it. I would say, ‘Le lo, le lo, le lo,’ and he
would make fun of me. He would always say, ‘Why
should I cast you? You have to become a big star,
only then will Rohit will cast you.’ So I met Karan
and I said, ‘See, I got the film and I got it on my
own!’ So, Karan being Karan, said, ‘Do it, it is a
huge opportunity for you but be sure that you are
able to pull it off.’ I told him it was in my zone and
it was my kind of film. When I came home and told
my dad, poor Yunus bhai who talks so sweetly in a
low-pitched voice was like, ‘Haan haan haan David
ji.’ His voice rose so high as he was not supposed
to tell anyone!