Varun told reporters last evening at the trailer launch of 'Student Of The Year', "I have this dream of directing. But as a child I wanted to become a wrestler. Like in childhood we used to watch WWF, I was inspired by all of that. One of my favourite wrestlers was Rock, who has become an actor."
"I used to have lot of arguments with my mother, due to a lot of bruises on my body for trying my hand at wrestling. I used to say 'I am Rock' and I would get slapped," the debutant actor said.
The younger son of king of comedy David Dhawan, Varun grew up on a regular feed of mainstream cinema even as his elder brother Rohit took to direction with 'Desi Boyz'.
"Rock became an actor and he is quite successful. So one day I realised that it (love for wrestling) is not going to take me anywhere. The entertainment part has always attracted me. I wanted to be performer, like I used to dance at weddings. I felt acting was my calling and that is something I wanted to do," he said.
Before entering Bollywood, Varun had an eventful journey as he went to Manchester for a course in business management. He also landed up with a job of assistant director in Karan Johar's 'My Name is Khan'.
Now, Varun is making his acting debut in 'Student of the Year' alongside two newcomers – Alia Bhatt, daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan, and Siddharth Malhotra.
"It is like a dream in many ways – like doing a Karan Johar film. To do your first film is a dream. I still don't know if it is real, the day it releases may be that time I will realise that I am making my debut in films," he said.
The film is set to release on October 19.