News|September 6, 2012 12:25 pm

I’m a bathroom actor: Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan, 25, is impish and intelligent in equal measure. He stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall but has thoughts that can match the tallest man in Bollywood.

He was raised on the Hero No 1 and Biwi No 1 brand of cinema. He smiles and candidly admits,

As a young boy, I would sometimes voice frankly, my opinion of my father’s brand of cinema. However, I realised that he was indeed my ‘baap’. The films I had an opinion on went on to become blockbusters and I realised that my father definitely knew more than me.

However, he hasn’t just been swayed by Bollywood’s commercial charms. And today Varun can differentiate between the various genres currently delighting Indian cinema. He says,

There is place for all kinds of films to be consumed. If the Golmaal series works, so do the Gangs of Wasseypur sequels. I wake up one day wanting to be like Nawazuddin Siddiqui but on another day, I’m perfectly okay taking lessons from the Khans — Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir. After all, each of the actors mentioned is super-successful.

Varun is happy that he has Karan Johar nurturing and protecting him till his first film Student Of the Year (SOTY) releases.

“After that, I will be left to my own devices,” he says, adding, “I do not think the audience is patient with a newcomer. Every actor, big or small, is competing with the other. Once SOTY releases, I will be out there competing with the rest. That’s how the system works.”

This youngster who dances like a dream confesses that he is a huge Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) fan and he rattles off foreign box office collections of this Hollywood star like a parrot. Varun is unwavering in his quest for stardom and confesses that when he was in college overseas, the one thing that he constantly did was to practise acting in his bathroom.

Many people who are on reality shows today talk of being bathroom singers. Well I’m a bathroom actor.

he winks, his eyes twinkling with mischief.

Produced by Dharma Productions, Student of the year releases on October 19.