Bollywood newcomer Varun Dhawan says he does not consider Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra, his co-stars of debut film Student of the Year, as competitors in the industry.
Varun, 26, whose second film Main Tera Hero is hitting
screens much later than Alia and Sidharth's films, said the
three of them are still good friends and are cordial to each
"I don't consider Alia and Sid as my competitors. Nobody
who started his/her career with me is my competitor. I compete
with myself. I don't even keep a tab on what Alia and Sid are
doing. We watch each other's works and congratulate each
"We are still very friendly and even before taking flight
a to Delhi, Sid had given me a long list of eating joints which
I must try," said Varun, who was in the capital to promote his
upcoming release Main Tera Hero with co-star Ileana D'Cruz.
Directed by father David Dhawan, the film is a journey of
a non-serious boy, who eventually becomes a responsible man.
The film, which also stars Nargis Fakhri, will hit theatres
Varun said though his father is sweet at home, he was a
hard task master on sets of the film.
"Dad is like a lion on sets. He looks lenient but he is
really strict when it comes to work. He is punctual and
expects others to be on time," Varun said.
Varun also cleared the air that his second project took
time to release because he left one film in the middle to do
his father's film.
"After SOTY, I started shooting my next film Humpty
Sharma Ki Dulhania but I left the project midway and started
shooting my dad's film. It was not a commercial decision,
rather it was an emotional one. My father is old now, he is
sixty plus and I feel it is my priority to work with him first
than with anyone else," he said.