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Varun Dhawan - New Prince of Box Office at Bollywood
- Pankaj Kumar Sinha, Special Correspondent           Let us know what you think about this feature article

The Bollywood box office has been very dry this year and looks the period of recession has hit them. Every week, there have been movies releasing but most of them have been failing badly at box office. The big superstars like Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor have given duds in name of 'Tubelight', "Harry Mets Sejal' and 'Jaaga Jasoos' this year.

The commerce part will remain more prominent than critical acclaim for any film. The few critics with literary reviews of films can't be real judge for the measurement of success in country like India. Most of them in industry don't take critics and awards seriously. How do we measure whether movie is successful?

The box office can be only measurement for the success of the film. Guru Dutt 'Pyaasa' could be cult classic but the majority of audience will enjoy Govinda 'Coolie No. 1' watching more. The films are made to entertain people and that will not change ever. We can watch Sooraj Barjatya 'Hum Aap Ke Hain Koun' hundred times in life and still enjoy but Oscar nominated brilliant film 'Newton' can be maximum enjoyed to three to five times in lifetime. It is a reality perspective.

The new generation of actors are experimenting with roles and films. It is a good sign as an actor but they also need to be more responsible for success of their film at box office. The films should creatively satisfy you as an actor but the film has to be enjoyed and watched by audience should be more important consideration. Varun Dhawan is one actor from younger generation understanding the logic of box office well. He is yet to see failure at box office because his film choices have been more commercial except 'Badlapur'.

Varun Dhawan started his career with Karan Johor directed 'Student of the Year'. The film was box office success. He was good looking actor with great physique and excellent dancer. He followed up with 'Tu Mera Hero' directed by father David Dhawan. He showed brilliant comic timing in the film. Today we can easily rate him actor with best comic timing in younger generation actors.

His next film 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya' was biggest turning point of his career. He fitted the bill of Hindi film hero completely. He could make you smile and cry at same time. He made excellent pair with Alia Bhatt. One more good part is he speaks good Hindi in real life compared to other younger actors during media interactions and so fans are able connect with him better. He has easy going personality with good sense of humor in real life and can connect with audience very well.

'Badalpur' showed him in a negative role as an actor but he was simply brilliant in the film. Despite actor like Nawazzudin Siddiqui in the film who could steal the show with his acting performance, Varun Dhawan made his mark as an actor and gave equal competition as a performer. He saw more success at box office with films like 'ABCD2', 'Dilwale' and 'Dishoom'. His films 'ABCD2' and 'Dilwale' gave him hundred crore club membership at box office.

We always felt Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh would be new prince of box office of Bollywood and cold be successor of Khan Troika at box office, who have been ruling for almost last three decades. Varun Dhawan slowly and steadily made his mark at box office as star and as an actor. This year he had two of biggest success of box office with 'Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya' and 'Judwaa2'. Both the films were super hit at box office. The audience are lapping him with lots of love and affection. He has become new prince of box office at Bollywood.

Varun Dhawan may not get critical acclaim like actors Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh but he is first in race of box office and that is what matters. The audience have picked his movies to watch at theaters higher than critically acclaimed actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. He has charm as an actor but he has also improved in his craft as an actor. He will evolve as an actor but commerce at box office of the film will be given lot of importance by him. Varun Dhawan is new prince of hindi film industry.


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