Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan shared the first look — a 33-second teaser — of his upcoming film October on Valentine’s Day.
This is the first time he has collaborated with Shoojit Sircar.
“At times, success makes us complacent and that was happening with me. Whether it is Badrinath Ki Dulhania or Judwaa 2, whatever I have done is commercially successful,” said Dhawan.
He continued: “So, as an actor I was earning money, popularity and success, but not growing creatively. There was stagnancy. Thankfully, Shoojitda came to my life at a right time because among all these commercial films, this is one film that has challenged me the most.
“As a director, what he expected me to do was difficult for me and that is when I started understanding the deeper side of acting and thought if I would be able to pull it off.”
Sircar added: “I think it is really brave of Varun to take up the challenge as an actor because once you are successful in a certain genre, you tend to continue on that. But for filmmakers like me, I need participation from actors like him to experiment because I always want to make an experimental film, in terms of subject and for its execution. I need brave actors.”
Asked about what made him choose Dhawan, Sircar said: “I have always changed images of actors whether it is Deepika [Padukone], Mr Bachchan [Amitabh Bachchan], John Abraham... So when it comes to Varun, we instantly connected and after our meeting, I had no doubt that I found the right cast of the film.”
The film celebrates love, nature and the season autumn throughout the narration. So, is it a love story or a longing for love?
“Well, we cannot unveil much more than what people can see in the teaser, but yes I can say that it is a love story where I am sharing my idea of love. Like the way I explored the bonding between father and daughter in Piku, in this one, I am sharing my thought on love,” Sircar said.
Produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar, October also features Banita Sandhu. It will release on April 13 in India.