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Varun Dhawan On Arun Khetarpal Biopic: Can't Do It Anymore, But Hope Sriram Raghavan Makes It

Varun Dhawan was supposed to work with Sriram Raghavan on the biopic on Arun Khetarpal, the youngest Param Vir Chakra recipient. The film could not begin shooting due to the pandemic.

Varun Dhawan, Sriram Raghavan

Actor Varun Dhawan says he is not working on Sriram Raghavan's biopic on Arun Khetrapal, the youngest Param Vir Chakra recipient, but hopes the director makes the film someday with a new actor. The project, backed by Dinesh Vijan, was announced in 2019. The film, however, got pushed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ahead of the release of his latest ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’, Dhawan told PTI that the production of the biopic faced repeated delays.

"Every time we tried to start the film, we got hit by a wave. I was dying to do that film but I don't think I can do it anymore because too many things have come up. Sriram also went to his other film. It was just impossible to shoot the film in the pandemic with those many people staging it," the 35-year-old actor said. 

The film would have marked the second collaboration between the actor and the director after their 2015 hit ‘Badlapur’.

Dhawan began the Dharma Productions' multi-starrer comedy-drama ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’ in December 2020, Raghavan moved on to helm ‘Merry Christmas’, featuring Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi. 

The actor said another reason why he won't be able to be a part of the biopic was that the role required him to play a 21-year-old, which he isn't sure about now. 

"Now that things have calmed down, I keep urging Sriram. I've begged him that he should make it with someone else. I might play some other part in it if I have to. My thing is, how do I play a 21-year-old now? 

"I'm conscious about that. I don't feel convinced. Sriram and I share an honest relationship with each other. But I'll still try to convince Sriram to make it because it's a story that needs to be told," he added.

Directed by ‘Good Newzz’ fame helmer Raj Mehta, ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’ also stars Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor, Neetu Singh Kapoor, Manish Paul and Prajakta Koli. 

The film is scheduled for a theatrical release on June 24.

[With Inputs From PTI]