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Shashank Khaitan Reveals How He Convinced Varun Dhawan For The Role Of Badri


Shashank Khaitan Reveals How He Convinced Varun Dhawan For The Role Of Badri

Director Shashank Khaitan is all excited as his film Badrinath Ki Dulhania starring Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan is releasing next week. The trailer looks promising and even the songs are quite a hit. Varun and Shashank are working together for the second time. Their first film together was Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.

In an interview Varun had stated that none of the actors are used to doing such characters and he had lots of arguments with Shashank. When the director was asked about this, he said, “I’m glad we had those arguments and disagreements because we both were trying to push each other, we are coming back after Humpty sharma ki Dulhania in between I have been working on my graph and he is been working with difffrent filmmakers. Experience he has now is helping me but the idea of this movie was really to take them inside authentically and not on a superficial level the character of Badrinath bhansal is a heartland UP guy who ahas grown up in a certain circumstances and for him thats his reality.  Now for Varun, who comes from Juhu in Mumbai there are lots of questions he had because he is like ‘why he would a person do this so even as simple as something like his father told him you have to get married and that’s it and he is like how why what is gonna happen’.”

Shashank Khaitan further adds, “We had a very funny incident we both were having dinner at his house and his house helper is from that UP or Bihar region and he walked in and Varun was like ‘tumhari shadi ho gayi first time he was asking and he is like ha bhaiyaa shaadi ho gayi, 8-10 mahine pehle hui bhaiya aur kaise hui pitaji ne waha shadi fix hua tha hum gaye aur shadi kar li’. Varun immediately started understanding what Badri is because like ‘tumne kabhi chehra nahi dekha tumne kabhi pucha nahi he was like nahi bahiya pitaji ne bol dia humne kar lia.’ This is when Varun  realised that even in 2016 and 2017 this is what happening in our country it is not like I have written a script which is outdated. He suddenly started and he is like oh this is what you mean.”

The director also adds, “So yes I used to keep bringing in real examples to kind of make him believe because i can understand there is a reason i come from Nashik, I am older than him for few years so probably I have seen and lived a different kind of life they are very young but it was great fun because every time he was understanding it he kept understanding the character a bit every time I could answer all his questions suddenly he is understanding what Badrinath is.”

He also talked about Alia’s character. Shashank Khaitan said, “Similaly for Alia who is about to turn 24 has achieved so much to bring her into middle class setup where she is struggling to find freedoms struggling to find reality was challenging beacuse her questions were always about ‘why is this girl not doing; this I said because she is not Alia Bhatt she is Vaidehi Trivedi as a diffrent upbringing. But everytime we would answer those questions and come to those understanding I would realise that they are becoming more and more in that character and of couse all this questions and answers happened 6 months before we started shooting. For 6 months we were just doing workshops because I was very sure that I want my characters to be very very real and the best part for me trailer and promos which has gone out seems like two people are having real conversation and for me that was important that is going to be ultimately the victory of the film. It was challenging but it was good fun.”

Badrinath Ki Dulhania is releasing on March 10.

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