We shouldn’t ape Hollywood: Varun Dhawan


While many Bollywood actors wish to work in Hollywood, Varun Dhawan has said Hollywood should not be a measure of success in the Indian film industry. He added that our industry should retain our culture instead of trying to imitate Hollywood.

At the launch of the Filmfare cover featuring him, Varun said, “I don’t think it should be a benchmark; it’s wrong. We are Indians, we have our own culture, we have our own standard. Obviously, there are so many things they do better than us, there are a lot of things that we do better than them as well.”

“We have our own style. Technology-wise and VFX-wise, they are quite ahead and we should get inspired. But I don’t think we need to ape them. We have our own storytelling styles and methods and where song and dance are concerned, that is a part of Indian culture, part of Indian movies and I believe that should stay,” the actor added.

Regarding Indian stars doing minor roles in Hollywood films, Varun said, “I think if an actor is really big over here, somewhere we have a responsibility to our fans, so we should do films where we could impact that film more, and the role has more meat as a performer and I think Priyanka and Deepika are really big, actresses, brilliant actors and they are really making us proud.”

Actresses Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone have ventured into Hollywood. Their films are scheduled to release soon while actors like Irrfan Khan and Om Puri have played major roles in many films.

Oscars are another integral part of Hollywood, which are widely-talked about every year. Is Varun also obsessed with it? “I am not really obsessed with Oscars. I watched it because they do the shows really well, they make it entertaining to watch. Actually, I don’t like it when people say that Filmfare is the Indian Oscars; I don’t think it is needed. Filmfare doesn’t have any affiliation to the Oscars, Filmfare is the Filmfare of India. That’s the standard we should lay,” Varun expressed.

Varun’s recent film Dishoom had a good opening weekend at the box-office.


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