Filmmaker David Dhawan stuck to his forte, comedy, both the times when he directed his son, Varun Dhawan (in Main Tera Hero and Judwaa 2), but if there’s one actor, who makes the veteran want to revisit his now-forgotten initial bent towards drama films, it’s the industry-favourite Rajkummar Rao.
Having given back-to-back hits in comedy over the last two decades, David has come to be known as one of the best directors in the genre. But not many know that much before he churned out the “No.1” series and other superb comedies, David, in the beginning of his career, told stories that were far from being on a lighter note.
While his first few were out-and-out action films, he later dabbled in drama with the Rajesh Khanna-Govinda starrer Swarg, Shola aur Shabnam and Aankhein. In fact, even after creating a space for himself in comedy, David tried to keep alive his indulgence with the action and the drama genres with films like Yaarana and Loafer, but because these projects didn’t appeal to the audience as much as his comic outings did, the director eventually decided to stick to what best worked with his viewers.
Varun, however, shared in a recent group interaction that his father is extremely keen to make a serious film with Rajkummar, easily among the current thinking actors of Hindi cinema.
“He has been talking about a serious film from a very long time, not with me. He wants to actually make a film with Rajkummar Rao because he is one of his favourite actors right now. Raj and he have spoken many times. So, he has been talking about it a lot so, I tell him, ‘Do it now!’ Varun said.
During the same interview, the young star also shared how his father keeps citing him examples of the actors he has worked with, asking Varun to “be like them.”
“With me, unfortunately, it’s not about my peers, he talks about the people he has worked with. He would say, ‘Govinda would have done this scene like that. Salman (Khan) used to do it this way. Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) could do so many things!’ And I would say, ‘But look at the number of films they have done!’ Him and my mom both do this. So, when I won’t eat, they would get after me, saying, ‘Salman eats this much rice!’ And I would reply with an exasperated, ‘What should I do if he eats so much?'”