Varun Dhawan is currently gearing up for the release of October. The actor who generally does the commercial masala films is working with Shoojit Sircar for the first time.
In a group interview, the actor shared that filming for October felt unnervingly close to reality. “I have never been so vulnerable on a film set. After a while, it stopped feeling like shooting. When you know that this is acting, it’s a film, there’s a block, that it’s okay. But when it stops feeling like acting and feels like real life, then the floodgates open.”
“There was a part when I started crying on set, and it wasn’t the hero-type crying, it was the one that makes you embarrassed. It was for five-six minutes. It was strange. Then he (Shoojit) came, patted my back and said, ‘Give me shot’,” said Varun.
“Of course, I had seen Piku and Pink, so, I knew it would be different but how different it would be, I didn’t know. My pitch was lowered, my energy was calmed down. My walk was changed. The only thing that I reshot in this film was my walk. All my walks he reshot. He told me, ‘You are looking like a hero. You are walking like the way you walked in Judwaa 2.’ So, for seven days I just practiced my walk. And from there we got into the groove.”
“I stopped looking at my phone to calm myself. Much of our anxiety comes because of our cellphone. So, the first thing he told me was to not look at the phone. Instead he asked me to look at plants or nature. Then I created my own playlist that I used to listen to. He gave me Hare Rama Hare Krishna by Jahnavi Harrison, I started listening to Jim Morrison, whom I used to listen to in college. So, I had my October playlist.
“Shantanu Moitra, who has given music for the film, asked me to share my soundtrack with him. I told him that it’s just a few songs, but he insisted saying, ‘I need to know how Dan is feeling’. For the first time, people were caring about how I was feeling as an actor. Before this, no one gave a damn, you just come and give your shot. But this time, people actually cared,” said the actor.
Written by Juhi Chaturvedi, October will release on April 13.