Varun Dhawan, who is receiving rave reviews about his intense role in the recently released movie October revealed that he had insisted director Shoojit Sircar to cast him in the movie. In an interview, Dhawan said, "After Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Judwaa 2, I could have done another blockbuster kind of film. But I wanted to do a character who was not so high on self-confidence." He added, "Dan is a bit of an upstart. He isn’t your average hero at all. When I heard about the role, I insisted that Shoojit Sircar cast me, although he had a completely different cast in mind. Dan is just 21-22. Much younger than me."