Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; January 8, 2013)
Varun Dhawan, who made his debut with Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year in 2012, is all set for a bigger career boost this year. Producer Ekta Kapoor shelled out 2 crore for the Hindi remake rights of a Telugu blockbuster, which she’s making with the youngster under the aegis of his filmmaker father, David Dhawan. Interestingly, a number of producers and actors were vying for its rights, but Ekta, being the determined producer she is, stayed back down South till she closed the deal.
Calling Varun India’s youngest teen sensation, the producer says, “An established actor wouldn’t get the youth and the young girls’ craze that we want. Varun is like a young Salman Khan, he fits the bill perfectly. He’s comfortable with humour, his acting is very good and he’s a wonderful dancer, too.” The ensemble cast and two heroines are yet to be finalised for the film, which is scheduled to start in a couple of months.
Ekta, who’s making the movie in the space of Wedding Crashers (2005 Hollywood film) meeting a KJo production, continues, “Before Aamir (Khan), Salman (Khan) and Govinda became stars, they were popular with the teens of that time — Aamir with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), Salman with Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) and Govinda with Love 86 (1986). I see Varun becoming a major masses’ star in five years. But before that, he’s becoming a huge teen star, not just for Mumbai and the other metros, but also for small towns.”
Ekta is optimistic that Varun will set a trend with his attitude and style. “And besides Ranbir Kapoor, no other young actor is being emulated. Varun will surely be the next,” she asserts.
Equally positive is David, who feels this is a wonderful movie for his younger son. He says, “Varun is a very aggressive actor, he has that passion and goes all out with his performances. He’s a good dancer, good in romantic scenes and convincing in emotional parts. In short, he delivers all that is expected of a Hindi film hero.”
Conceding that he wanted to make a film with his son, the director says that this is a perfect opportunity. “Ekta bought the rights and our idea is to take it to another level. We’re sure people feel that Varun has grown as an actor and is going ahead in his career. Having made entertaining films with actors like Salman, Sanjay (Dutt) and Govinda, what more would I want as a father than to make a mass entertainer with and for my son?” he concludes.