The superstar of Gen-Y with a cent percent success rate was recently at IFFI 2018. To a question asked by a young boy if being David Dhawan’s son helped him land his debut role in Student of the Year, Varun spoke of auditioning for Dhobi Ghat and losing the role, and even trying his hand at getting a bank job. Growing up, he said, he always wanted to own a channel or become a comedian. “In every group, there is always this one guy who is the joker, the life of the group. If you ask me, that has been my lifelong dream,” he said.
David, too, denied having played any role in his son’s career. He said, “He (Varun) assisted Karan Johar but I didn’t know about it. He has shocked me actually. I thought he would get a job in a bank or something.” David added that while directing his son later in life (in Judwaa 2), he had saved his “worst behaviour for his son”. “But I was never treating him like a newcomer. I used to save the worst for him,” he said.
Recalling his initial days of being directed by his father, Varun recalled, “There was a stand kept with a ball and he said: ‘this is Anupam Kher, now act’. And I was wondering if this was for real. Then he shouted, ‘Do it!’. I said, ‘Anupam is a human being, why have you put the tennis ball here?’ He said, ‘if you can’t act with a tennis ball, you cannot act’. I was scared and wondered which method of acting this is. Then I realised that it’s the David Dhawan method of acting.”