In March first week, the whole team of Bhediya, the next film in Dinesh Vijan’s horror universe, took off to Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh to shoot for the film there. It is directed by Amar Kaushik, who also helmed the first film from Dinesh’s horror universe, the 2018 sleeper hit Stree. Bhediya features Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in the lead and also reunites Amar with his Jana from Stree, Abhishek Banerjee.
The team wrapped up the shoot around mid-April and while most of them returned to Mumbai, Abhishek took a detour to Goa, considering the situation in the city due to Covid at that time.
While in Arunachal Pradesh, Varun would everyday go on a run and workout, while sharing that update with his fans through social media. Ask Abhishek if he also joined Varun in his workouts and he responds, “I did join him and when my wife met me after two months, she couldn’t recognise me. She saw me working out and said it was such a new change and it was all thanks to Varun. He would literally drag me from my typical lazy Bengali boy personality to make me workout, while we were shooting for Bhediya. I have never felt so much warmth from someone who I didn’t know from beforehand,” he smiles.
Varun and Abhishek were supposed to work together in Shashank Khaitan’s Mr Lele, but Varun later pulled out of the film, and even Abhishek couldn’t do the film when it got revived with Vicky Kaushal due to scheduling issues. However, the two actors got to work together on Bhediya. Mention this and Abhishek says, “We were destined to work together.”
Abhishek goes on to rave about his co-star, saying, “More than an actor I found a brother in Varun. He is genuinely a nice human being and deserves every bit of the success that he has. Even after reaching at the top, you should stay rooted and find happiness in small things and that is what I learnt from him. He would smile even in the worst situations and would find happiness in the smallest of things. We both are Taureans, so we clicked on that as well.”
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