When ‘October’ (2018) hit screens last year, the film was widely hailed as one of the most heartfelt stories to have come out of Bollywood with high praise for star Varun Dhawan.
Fast forward to a year later, and the industry seems to have all but forgotten the gem, reports Mid Day. The Shoojit Sircar directed movie was given a snub at the string of recently concluded film awards, barely earning a nomination or two across various categories of the different galas.
Dhawan, on his part, has taken the cold shoulder treatment in his stride. “The press needs to write about the film [not being nominated]. Till date, I get at least one message a day for that movie.”
“Recently, Jacqueline Fernandez watched the film on a flight and called me to appreciate my performance. That is the royalty I am collecting,” he said.
Dhawan also reflected on his feelings for award ceremonies. “The award shows have a lot of other criteria [at play]. I am happy to go, perform at these events and get paid for it. I never did October for awards. I did it because the script clicked with me. Awards will come and go. This film will stay.”
The star credits the romantic drama for changing his perspective towards cinema. “The role helped me connect with myself. I may not consciously seek roles that are similar to that in October, but I will be more careful with my choices, and select films that make me proud.”
Currently promoting ‘Kalank,’ he adds that his enviable filmography is proof that he likes to experiment. “I don’t like to follow a pattern. So, it’s nice to do a masala song like First Class after October.”
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