Desi stance

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Jun 2018 10:22:33


Actor Varun Dhawan says that it is high time Indians stop looking at the West for heroes as we there are a number of legends within their own country.

Varun was at the launch of author Amish’s book Suheldev and The Battle of Bahraich, based on story of Raja Suheldev, a legendary but forgotten hero and a battle which kept the Turks at bay for almost 170 years.
“It’s the time when we should celebrate our Indian heroes and not look at the West to look up to heroes. Around 20 to 25 per cent of our population is made up of tribes and castes and that’s not really been represented in books or our literature as much or in films for that matter,” said Varun told IANS.

“Amish is doing a great job by actually representing it. He is doing a better job than politicians by writing about a hero. When you read the book and when you see the landscape of how he describes the world, your imaginations just run wild,” he added.

Amish’s popular novel The Immortals of Meluha is being adapted for the big screen. Filmmaker Karan Johar has obtained the rights for an adaption of the popular book. The English rights of the same have gone to an undisclosed American producer.

If Suheldev and The Battle of Bahraich is adapted into a film, Varun says he would want to be a part of it. “I thought when can a movie be made out of this. Can I be a part of it or will I be very short for it? I was very fascinated with the backdrop of the book. It tells the story of a hero,” he said.

Asked whose life would he want to play on screen, Varun said, “Honestly when someone offers me to do a biography, I get scared. I don’t want to do it most of the times because I feel all the fictional characters I am playing are like biographies but only to me.”
Suheldev and The Battle of Bahraich will release on July 23.