With just 14 films, Varun Dhawan has completed 9 years in Bollywood and already registered his name as one of the most promising and versatile gen-next actors. Varun’s career choices are a contradiction to himself which is why the audience and critics can’t help but love him. From out an out massy films Street Dancer 3D, Badrinath Ki Dulhania to layered and complex films of substance like October, Badlapur, Dhawan does it all with ease.
As the birthday boy Varun Dhawan turns 34 today, take a look at his erratic yet impressionable journey in Bollywood –
Marking with debut in Student Of The Year, Varun Dhawan grabbed eyeballs with his role of rich brat Rohan Nanda in the college drama. Even the critics, who found the movie too much to bear, pointed that Varun’s acting was the best of the lot. The audience likewise was swooned by his naughty yet sweet boy charms.
The next two films, Main Tera Hero and Humpty Sharma Dulhania were a total entertainer and audiences even started drawing paralleled by calling him the ‘next Govinda and Slamna Khan’
After being labeled the massy hero, the unpredictable Dhawan floored the audience with Badlapur. Just three films old, the actor took risks the big way by playing a man hungry for revenge for the death of his wife and son. The audiences and critics were shocked by the versatility shown effortlessly in the neo-thriller.
A gifted dancer, Varun Dhawan decided to put his dancing shoes to use by starring in Anybody Can Dance 2 and since then is called an all-rounder from screen to stage.
Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan’s on-screen pair was one of the most loved couples on the big screen. The couple marked a hat trick in box-office hits with Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
After a series of masala films like Judwaa 2 and Dishoom, when he was getting typecast as the ‘mass hero’ and commercial star, he again decided to break out from his own shadow. With October, which is undoubtedly Varun’s best performance to date, he became the critics’ blue-eyed boy who broke the myth that commercial stars can also act.
Another golden feature in his cap is Sui Dhaaga: Made In India where he went out of his comfort zone. He played small-town tailor Mauji struggling to follow his dreams to prove he is an actor of substance much more than dance and humor.
Varun Dhawan is the only actor in Bollywood who has given 11 consecutive hits since the beginning of his career. However, this streak of hits came to an end when Kalank tanked.
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Currently, the actor is again experimenting with a new genre, horror-drama with his upcoming next Bhediya opposite Kriti Sanon.