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Varun Dhawan talks about Mumbai street food, his watchlist and Bollywood stereotypes he'd like to break

VD is a true Mumbaikar!

We know Varun Dhawan as the actor and the entertainer extraordinaire that he is—from playing the stoic Dan in October to the charismatic Rohan Nanda in Student of the Year, he’s proved his range through a multitude of roles. But what do we know about the actor’s favourite thing to do in his downtime? Or the songs that are on repeat on his playlist right now?

Don’t worry, Cosmo India caught up with the actor at the India Today Conclave 2022 in Mumbai and asked him all the *very* important questions on everyone’s behalf. You’re welcome!

Cosmopolitan India: What is on your watchlist?

Varun Dhawan: Right now, The Summer I Turned Pretty and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Cosmopolitan India: What are the characters you’ve played that are closest to your heart?

Varun Dhawan: Dan from October, Badri from Badrinath ki Dulhaniya, and Bhaskar from Bhediya, as he was really fun to play.

Cosmopolitan India: What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Varun Dhawan: Do it all, and do more.

Cosmopolitan India: If you had a day to yourself to eat Mumbai street food, what would it be?

Varun Dhawan: Vada pav from outside Mithibai College, with extra masala.

Cosmopolitan India: What do you do during your time off?

Varun Dhawan: I try to learn the guitar, play PS4, watch some UFC videos, and play with Joey, my pet dog.


Cosmopolitan India: If there was a book or movie based on your life, what would be its name?

Varun Dhawan: 'A Memoir Of A Boy'

Cosmopolitan India: What’s on your playlist right now?

Varun Dhawan: Thumkeshwari, Apna Bana Le by Arijit Singh that is in Bhediya too, and I also love Watermelon Sugar [by Harry Styles] though I know it’s not new, and Jhoom [by Ali Zafar].


Cosmopolitan India: What does self-love mean to you?

Varun Dhawan: Taking care of yourself and getting a lot of sun so you can boost your serotonin levels—basically sun and the sea.

Cosmopolitan India: What would you rather have—breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast?

Varun Dhawan: Dinner for breakfast, for sure.

Cosmopolitan India: What stereotypes would you like to shatter with your Bollywood roles?

Varun Dhawan: That we’re not always cheesy!