Bollywood: Varun Dhawan confirms teaming up with Anees Bazmee

The actor said he always wanted to work with the director


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Published: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 4:06 PM

Bollywood star Varun Dhawan has hinted that he is set to collaborate with Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 director Anees Bazmee on a feature film.

There were reports about the actor joining hands with Bazmee for an action comedy.

At the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) press conference on Tuesday night, Dhawan said he always wanted to work with the director.

"I admire him. He is a brilliant filmmaker. We have been talking about doing something for a long time and hopefully it should happen in some time.

"Once it happens, it will be announced. But, we are working towards working together," the actor told reporters.

Dhawan will reportedly commence shooting for his web series debut Citadel, the Indian version of Amazon Studio's ambitious spy series, next month. It will be directed by Raj & DK and also feature Samantha Ruth Prabhu.

"I'm going to be shooting something which I will announce, it will start from December 7," he said.

When asked if he is referring to the show, Dhawan covered his mouth with his hands and quipped, "I was talking about the same thing, we'll talk about this later".

The actor, whose latest film Bhediya arrived in theatres last week, said he always wanted to "push the envelope" through his work. Directed by Amar Kaushik, the horror comedy also stars Kriti Sanon.

"A lot of people like to forget this but I have done films like Badlapur and October pretty early on in my career. So I have always wanted to take risks. I am playing a wolf in Bhediya, it doesn't get more different than that.

"To do that and have so many reviewers and audience members get convinced that something like this can be pulled off, I think is a big feat for the industry, for Amar, Dino, and Jio Studios who backed the film. It is exciting when someone from India backs something like that. We should never stop doing that," he added.

Dhawan will also be back on stage performing at the upcoming 23rd edition of IIFA Weekend and Awards, which will be held from February 9 to and 11, in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Ranveer Singh and Kriti are also part of the celebrity line-up to perform at the event.

Abhishek Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar and Maniesh Paul will be hosting the award ceremony, while filmmakers Karan Johar and Farah Khan have been roped in to host the IIFA Rocks event.


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