'Dreamt of being launched by Anurag Kashyap'
Panaji: Actor Varun Dhawan recently said that there was a time when he was leaning towards gritty cinema and would have done anything in his power to be launched by Anurag Kashyap.
"Initially my leaning was always towards the left side. I had loved Black Friday, Sriram's films... I was leaning over there. I would have probably given my right hand at that time to be launched by Anurag Kashyap. Honestly," Varun said. Varun said when he told his father that he was doing Badlapur, the veteran filmmaker received the news negatively.
"I saw the film. Sriram showed me twice and I loved the film. I said 'it's a revenge story, it's a Hindustani (Indian) film'."
Varun also revealed he had visited a psychiatrist for a couple of sessions after working on the emotionally disturbing "Badlapur". When the revelation was met by both horror and laughs from the audience, the actor gave a nod to mental health awareness.
He said, There's nothing wrong in that, to speak your mind. Whatever that's inside you, it just gets balanced. They didn't say that 'there's something'... don't get scared. Nothing went wrong with me. But the doctor said, 'If you'll stay in an intense environment for a long time, so it will happen." The actor said he realised that David is a known name in the film industry after the watchman of their building told him "your father is a big director".
Recounting his childhood dream, Varun said he wanted to own a channel where he would have his own talk show "where I would be able to do stand-up comedy and entertainment."
"I was obsessed with Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Govinda and Mehmood... All those people who used to do improv comedy. I used to think 'these people are so talented.' And I also used to find such characters not only on the screen but also in real life." When asked which actor he wants to emulate, he simply replied, "I want to be Varun Dhawan."