Varun Badola

February 28, 2010 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Pankhurie Mulasi

Varun Badola, extremely hard-working actor and a fabulous dancer, did his schooling from Sardar Patel Vidhyalaya, New Delhi. He is married to singer-actress Rajeshwari Sachdev. He has 2 sisters. The elder one, Alka is married and has appeared in KumKum and a younger sister Kalindi is a radio jockey. After completing college, he started his career as costume arranger.

Balaji Telefilms gave him his first break in 'Koshish-Ek Aasha' which came as superhit show on Zee TV. After that he never looked back.

Soon he joined Director Tigmanshu Dhulia as an Assistant Director too. Till now he has done movies like Charas, Hasail and Main, Meri Patni aur Woh and a number of TV serials. He think that in industry he has two Godfathers. Among them first one is his father, Vishvmohan Badola who taught him the basics of acting and the other one is Tigmanshu Dhulia, who taught him everything about filmmaking. He wrote scripts and directed his show 'Aek Chabhi Hai Padoss Mein'. He was a dialogue writer for Aek Chabhi Hai Padoss Mein and Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani. He also appeared in the celebrity dance show named Nach Baliye 2 with his wife Rajeshwari and was one of the semi-finalists.

How do you find yourself attached to Uttarakhand?

I am attached to Uttarakhand not only because my surname is 'Badola', but also because my parents have given me such culture. I may be anywhere but I talk to my parents and relatives in my mother tongue which is 'Garhwali'. I have spent most of the time outside Uttarakhand. I was in Allahabad for 5 years, 12 years in Delhi and for last 11 years I am here in Mumbai but still I am a Pahadi.

What are your memories in Kotdwar?

In Kotdwar there is a place name Bhabher. I have a farmhouse at this place. One thing I love to do when I am here is to gaze at the stars. The panoramic view of the sky I get to see here is unmatched. In my childhood, one of my favourite pass times was to catch fire-flies(Jugnu). Very often I along with my friend used to have a scooter ride to the top of the mountains and eat roasted chicken there. Another specical attraction was the 'Bhandara' which happens mostly on Sundays at Sidhbali Mandir, Kotdwar. I used to go there very frequently. I really enjoyed those days of my life.

What do you like the most in Uttarakhand?

First thing about Uttarakhand is the feeling of freedom we have, as it is an independent and naturally beautiful place. Second is the wave there, which gives peace of mind. When I go there I feel relaxed and very good. My grandmothers (Nani's) village is Soli which is near to Rikhnikhal. I love that place.

Tell us something about your childhood?

Don't ask me about my childhood it is difficult to mention, because I didn't like studying I was never a good student.

Who is the ideal in your life?

For me my father is an ideal. He is a very good theatre artist and also a very good singer. Whatever I learnt in my like is from my father. He worked with Ashutosh Govarikar in his movie Swadesh.

What are your views about Uttarakhandi Theatre or films?

I don't think Uttarakhandi cinema exists in a true sense . I have never felt the presence of it. It doesn't have any fame or existence. I have seen only one Garhwali film Jagwal even though it was the first Garhwali film still it was good in all ways. All my family members praised it. There was one more good movie Gharjavai. Its time that we should work hard for Uttarakhandi theatre or cinema which has not yet groomed up.

If you get an opportunity will you work in Uttarakhandi film?

Yes off course! I am an artist, if I get such an opportunity I will surely do it and will take it as my good fortune. But I should like the story of the film.

How is your experience to work with director Tigmanshu Dhulia?

About Tishu Bhai, I can't comment because I don't have words to describe him. I have learnt so much from him. I have worked as his assistance for four years.

What's your favourite Garhwali song?

I have heard many Garhwali songs among them my favourite is 'Chela Ki Yaad Ma Jikudi Dhak Dhak Kare', long time back sung by my father Vishvamohan Badola.

Any message for people in Uttarakhand?

I Would like to say that only we natives can bring a name to Uttarakhand. The most important thing is we have to believe in humanity and as 'Uttarakhandi's' we should stop discriminating between Garhwali, Kumauni and other people on the basis of religion and caste. What matters is love and a sense of belongingness towards the place. If you treat a person with care and affection, you will be treated the same way.

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