Varun Dhawan confesses that his worst nightmare is to see people yawning and sleeping while watching his films.The actor reveals that he isn’t scared to experiment, but even his experimental films need to keep people engaged. Ahead of Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Varun Dhawan in a conversation with us spoke about the film and much more.
Is there pressure on you because Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania was a huge hit and people are expecting a lot from Badrinath Ki Dulhania?
Humpty Sharma was a hit because it had a lot of heart as lot of people connected with the purity of that love story. If Badrinath Ki Dulhania does well, it will be only because of the emotional connect with the two characters.
Do you think it becomes essential for a sequel to earn more than the first part to be termed as a true success irrespective of other factors?
If you are strictly talking trade, then a lot of factors have to be taken into account. The most important thing is the cost of production and cost of marketing as that helps you discover the recovery point. A lot of people talk box office today and we see so many advertisements claiming that the film has earned ` 100 crore, ` 200 crore but nobody is sure if it they are talking about the gross collection or net Collection’.
Nowadays there are a lot of recovery modules as the producers get a certain amount from satellite, music and digital. Badri is safe film money wise but that’s not the only reason to make this film. The reason for this film to run should not be the star cast, but the film itself.
But don’t you think theatrical returns should be of prime importance and others should just be a source of ancillary income....
That’s the way we used to look at it in good old days. Theatrical returns should always be the most important source of revenue for the producers. But things have changed over the last few years. In good old days, we didn’t have piracy as widespread as today and that substantially affects the film business.
We have taken steps to avoid piracy of this film and we might encrypt this film so as to stop piracy. Theatrical revenue is very important, but I think there are a lot other means of recovery as well.
Would you call Badrinath Ki Dulhania a typcial Dharma kind of love story?
Most love stories done by Dharma are very urban, and I feel after K3G, this is the first family love story that Dharma has made. This is a love story set in and Dharma hasn’t done such a film till date. Karan always fools around saying ‘Badri is Dharma’s Rajshri’. Most of the problems in the film are typical Indian problems which we face on regular basis.
Do you think Indian directors are moving away from heartland love stories?
I think that is what sets Badri apart from other films. Our director is from a small town and his way of seeing romance and love story is very different from the way an urban person would see it.