VD: I am hoping it has the same effect on the audience, especially boys and men who will come to watch this film. I know everyone feels that commercial film hai, Tamma Tamma hai, yeh hai, woh hai, Varun Dhawan hai, woh yeh hi karega… Well, I just hope people who watch the film take back that one thing for which I did the film.
Both of you started your journeys together with Student Of The Year. How would you say Alia and Varun have grown as actors over the years, given that Badrinath Ki Dulhania will be your third film together…
AB: I think during SOTY, we were still finding our feet.
VD: In Student Of The Year, we were no good.
AB: We were overdoing every scene, or I was underdoing, or he was overdoing, or vice versa. With Humpty Sharma, we were more enthusiastic because we wanted to get it right. So, again, there was this extra energy. I think, in this film, we have focused only on the characters because it was a different journey. With Humpty, we were still a little raw, which, of course, was good for the film.
VD: And good for the characters too.
AB: Yeah, because it was an easy story. This film is a little difficult. It’s not an easy love story.
VD: Also, both of us have come together after so many films. She has her successes and I have my share of successes, and now we are doing a film together. So, I now look at her and think, ‘Okay, she has done all this.’ However, for this film, it was never Alia or Varun acting, it was always like, these are the characters, now let’s see what we can do with them.
VD: You know, you do a film and still feel theek hai character pakda nahin pakda, but here I really know who Badri is and I really know who Vaidehi is.
Creatively, how do you feed off each other?
VD: I think Alia wouldn’t let me be dishonest with the character.
AB: How sweet.
VD: Because you reprimanded me quite a few times, when I tried. I can remember 5-6 instances, easily.
AB: Even you used to tell me.
VD: Yes, during the songs.
AB: I can give him lots of creative feedback and I can’t do that with anybody else. I think both of us are very similar in that way, because we don’t take offence at advice. If somebody tells us ‘Do it a little like this…’ obviously, someone who understands us and understands the characters of the film, we wouldn’t be closed to the suggestion.
VD: I won’t take suggestions from anyone besides Alia. I would be open to listening but I would be, like, ‘Haan, theek hai, theek hai.’ But when she says something, I take it very seriously. It plays on my mind.
Can you share some instances?
VD: There’s one comedy scene in the film, where we were supposed to improvise, and I started improvising like Varun Dhawan, not like Badri. Alia instantly told me, ‘Now you are not being like the character, you are being like someone else in the film and that’s wrong. Just be yourself. You are in this situation and why are you changing it?’ I ended up getting pissed with her but even Shashank said the same thing to me and I later realised that they were both right. So I think it’s a great quality that she looks out for me.