Vivan Bhatena plays villain in Judwaa 2, all praise for Dhawans
Actor Vivan Bhatena who was last seen in Athiya Shetty and Sooraj Pancholi-starrer Hero as the villain is once again playing the role of an antagonist. He plays the negative role in Judwaa 2 that releases this Friday. A-model-turned-actor, Vivan is a popular face on television, and has been seen in quite a few films lately including last year’s Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal. With Judwaa 2 which is the big Dussera release, Vivan is looking forward to garnering a wider audience and fan following. Talking about the film, he says, “It's a big film to be a part of. My character is not a comedy role as such. I am playing an out-an-out villain, it’s just that the situations are funny and comical. This film is important to me because at the end of the day one wants to do a big commercial film because that's where you get your audiences and recognition.”
Though Judwaa 2 is a remake by David Dhawan of his own film Judwaa (1997) that starred Salman Khan, Vivan says this version is going to be a lot different. “It was an amazing experience to work in this fun and entertaining film and meet some really experienced actors. There are some 20-odd actors, seasoned artistes, including Rajpal (Yadav) who have acted in this film. Mr Dhawan is such a jovial and happy individual that he brings a certain kind of energy to the set. We all looked up to him as a father figure. Similarly, Varun is a great person to work with because he is a team player. He is so hardworking that he drives everyone else to work harder. What sets him apart is the fact that he likes to discuss the shot and is open to suggestions. Another quality I noticed is how even after long shoots, he would still oblige people for pictures and autographs,” remembers the co-actor.
Though Vivan has acted in big films such as Chak De India, Talaash, Hero and Dangal, his progress in the film industry has been gradual. So Judwaa 2 might turn out to be a big ticket, but Vivan refutes it saying, “There's no big ticket. I thought after Hero I would get a lot of work but it didn’t happen. I think it's just a matter of time. If the time is good, then everything works in your favour. It's just a journey and we need to keep working. Bhushanji (Kumar) from T-Series saw me on sets of Judwaa 2 and cast me in Hate Story 4. I have always wanted to be known for my work and acting. I didn't have any unrealistic expectations when I entered the industry that I would get a Godfather who would help me get work.” After Judwaa 2, Vivan is looking forward to the October release of the Telugu film Raja the Great starring Ravi Teja. “I have really worked hard on this film and have really big expectations from it,” he signs off.