Varun Dhawan Insists On Taking Billing After The Ladies

Shah Rukh Khan started  the ladies-first trend  in credits   billings. For  the  past three years the superstar Khan has insisted on his name appearing after the leading lady in the credit titles.

 Now Varun  Dhawan  has gone  a step further  in his latest release October. He  not  only takes billing after his leading Banita Sandhu, he also  follows Gitanjali Rao, the actress who  plays Banita’s mother, in  the credits,

 Is  this  Varun’s  token gesture for women’s empowerment?

Says Varun, “It is just something I felt  was right. Banita plays  Shiuli,the character around whom the  film revolves. And Gitanjali Rao as her mother deserves just as much prominence. They are  the stars of  the  film.The other stars of October are the  screenwriter Juhi Chaturvedi and  the  director Shoojit Sircar. If  I had my way I’d have  placed my name  after theirs also in the credits.They’re the real  stars  of  October.”

Varun , it seems, is  not  only  into making token gestures in support  of women. “I do respond to all that is happening in the  country specially atrocities against women and children which are  intolerable to me and to any conscientious  Indian. I speak about issues on Twitter.  But I don’t think that’s enough.I do  other things to express my solidarity with the campaign to protect women and  children. But I don’t like to  talk about these things.”

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