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Varun Dhawan - Nawazuddin: Face Off!

Varun Dhawan


Mumbai, Feb. 17 -- Varun Dhawan, who will take a break from his boy-nextdoor image to play an intense, gritty character in his upcoming film, Badlapur, will be sharing screen space with Nawazuddin Siddiqui for the first time. Interestingly, there is no defined hero or villain in the film. Instead, both Varun and Nawazuddin will have grey shades to their characters.

"Nawaz and I are out to tear each other in every frame. People will be looking out as to when these two characters will be facing each other again because every scene that has us together is so intense. You would want to know what these two are planning to do to each other," says Varun.

Excited about teaming up with Nawazuddin, the three-film-old Varun reveals that working with him was a learning experience. "As an actor, I'm always on the lookout to learn new things. And given the time that I've spent with Nawaz during the filming as well as the promotions, I've definitely learnt a few things just by observing him," he says.

As far as his character is concerned, Varun reveals while this role is a result of his desire to do something different, he is not sure how the audience will receive it. "I have stepped out of my comfort zone for Badlapur. I honestly don't know how the audience will react, except for the fact that I believe a good film will always work."

And moving out of comfort zone didn't come that easy to Varun as he explains, "Raghu (his character) is a unique, but identifiable character. He is a common man with a lot of psychological depth. I had to do a lot of research, and Sriram (Raghavan; director) and I sat together to discuss the many layers the character has. We were careful not to overdo Raghu's complexities."

Coming back to the performances of the actors, producer Dinesh Vijan says, "Varun versus Nawaz seems like a match made in hell, and one definitely shouldn't miss watching them this Friday."

Presented by Eros International and Maddock films, Badlapur releases on February 20.