There was a time when newcomers had it easy in Bollywood. But things have changed now as the industry thrives on talent or so Varun Dhawan, son of filmmaker David Dhawan, says.
“The industry has become strict with newcomers. First one has to overcome that I am someone's son and show that he has reached here on his own. Then they see if there is talent or not,” said Varun Dhawan to PTI.
“There is no point in complaining as other people go through other things. This is my journey. Being anyone's son or daughter doesn't help you much beyond a point, as that can only get you an entry. It is like goodwill. But eventually we have to work for ourselves and prove it,” he added.
Varun Dhawan, along with Alia Bhatt, daughter of Mahesh Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra, will be making his Bollywood debut with Karan Johar’s ‘Student of the Year’.
The trailers of the movie have been received well by the audience and even Salman Khan liked the trailers and predicted that Varun Dhawan will be the next big thing in Bollywood.
“Salman bhai is a great supporter. I don't want to talk much about him, as we share a more personal bond than professional. He is also very encouraging, not only towards me but for the whole film. There is a lot of pressure when a great man likes Salman says such good things about me,” said Varun.
“I remember what Salman bhai messaged me after seeing the trailer. He said, good work and that always wish well for others and never think bad. I read the message and felt it is the most difficult thing to do in life. It does not happen as we are human beings and we can think ill,” he added.
Varun said that he was stressed about his debut and how people will receive his performance.
“For me it is like Sachin Tendulkar battling pressure to score his 100th ton. I can't compare my pressure with him, but am actually feeling like that. I am stressed out...hardly get sleep, as I keep thinking what is next,” he said.
The debutant also revealed that he was his worst critic.
“There is a lot of self-criticism. I am one of those people who are never happy with my work. I still feel I could have given better. I always want that ultimate thing...I am always in search for that high,” he said.
The movie revolves around Abhimanyu Singh (Siddharth Malhotra) and Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan), and how they compete for the 'Student of the Year' trophy.
“It is an inception of high school drama. The film is Gadar of high school films as it is made on a huge scale. The stakes are high considering we three newcomers are making the debut. It spans around 12 years...it is not a saga or something like that,” he concluded.
The movie is directed by Karan Johar, who is also producing it alongside Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chilies Entertainment.
‘The Student of the Year’ will release on October 19.