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
Ekta, who's making the movie in the space of Wedding Crashers
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
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.