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Varun Dhawan displays rare sensibility in Bollywood

The actor refuses to comment on the situation in Delhi arising out of the amendment of the citizenship law, sitting in Mumbai

The trailer of the third part of the dance film ABCD, Street Dancer 3D, launched today in Mumbai at a bang event. The entire crew of the film including Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Nora Fatehi, Remo D’Souza and Bhushan Kumar were present at the ceremony. Media presence was also seen at the trailer launch ceremony of the country’s biggest Hindi 3D dance film. On this occasion, questions not only related to issues ranging from the film to the actors but also on the current situation of the country were asked, which he answered with candour.

Varun was told that Delhi Police had barged into the Jamia Millia Islamia and beat up the students brutally. He said, “There are four or five versions floating about the Jamia case. We are in Mumbai right now and, in this situation, we cannot give a statement on what has happened in another part of the country until we have 100%confidence.”

“However,” Varun said, “I would like to say that the use of force on any kind of peaceful demonstration is wrong. Apart from that, there is an aspect of law and order in the issue. This is a very sensitive time. It is very easy to say anything about this on social media. When you are a public figure, people follow you; so as soon as the real and complete information about this incident comes out, I will openly express my opinion on it.”

“I am not saying this under anyone’s pressure. This is my country, towards which I have responsibilities and I do not want to provoke anybody in any way,” the son of David Dhawan and star of several commercially successful films said.

Regarding the stand taken by other actors on the Jamia episode, Varun said, “It is up to every person to speak or not to speak on this issue.”

“It is not about fear. Personally I love my country and I am not scared of anyone. I feel completely safe right here in this hall. My point is why speaking on an issue today should mean reacting on social media. I mean, if you did not tweet, you are wrong? After all, what happens by tweeting? Is the whole country on Twitter?” Varun posed.

“No. I think giving it a place in personal life would be a good initiative in this direction. It is far better to talk to your family and friends about this,” Varun said.

The actor said, “I believe how you live your life, how you live during work matters. I never discriminate against anyone and work with everyone. In this way, I am setting an example.”

On the question asked on the Supreme Court refusing to change the Nirbhaya case verdict, Varun said, “As a citizen, these kinds of incidents hurt us a lot. According to me, the guilty must handed the harshest punishment hard and the trials must be concluded fast. The whole country is waiting for this. This verdict means a lot to the country. I am happy that we are all on the same page on this issue. We all expect the harshest punishment.”

Earlier, a large section of Bollywood reacted to the riots in Delhi, mostly taking the side of protesters. Vivek Agnihotri and Ashoke Pandit were the rare exceptions who got into a Twitter tiff with usual suspects like Anubhav Sinha, Anurag Kashyap, Swara Bhasker, Richa Chadha, etc.

Sinha went to the extent of trolling Amitabh Bachchan for not commenting on the issue by quoting a tweet of the superstar dated 2012.

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