After Akshay Kumar gave a great start to 2015 with his film Baby, the second film to have made its mark in the first half is Varun Dhawan’s Badlapur. The 20 something actor is currently praises galore for his act in this dark, revenge drama. With just four films, Varun has shown great talent and is already being tapped as the ‘dark horse’ who in spite of being a little overshadowed by Sidharth Malhotra in his first film Student Of The Year, has now outshined amongst the new lot.
With a brilliant debut like Student Of The Year (2012), directed by Karan Johar, the actor made a strong footing at the box office. After a 28.50 crores opening weekend collections, the film made a business of 70 crores and was declared a super-hit at the domestic box office. Taking his chocolate boy looks ahead and matching it with his fine comic timing, Dhawan’s second film Main Tera Hero (2014) was once again a crowd puller. The actor received the tag of ‘New age Govinda’ and the film with its collection of 55 crores was a plus affair.
Varun bounced back in the same year with another hit opposite Alia Bhatt with Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. This film, that was an ode to the romantic saga DDLJ, made a collection of 76.81 crores at the domestic box office, thus making it a hit.
Taking the test of versatility, Varun choosing Badlapur was a risky move. While the film has garnered him praises for his role, the film not being a commercial potboiler, will certainly remain low at the box office front. Till its opening weekend, the film has collected 24 crores which is quite lesser than his last film Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania that made 33.74 crores in its Opening Weekend. Badlapur may not fetch a huge amount at the box office and could fare similar to Main Tera Hero which made 21 crores in its opening weekend.
Varun further has two big films lined up which include ABCD 2 and also Rohit Shetty’s next along side Shah Rukh Khan. Clearly, the actor has carved out a good road for himself.
Here is a graphical representation of Varun Dhawan’s films and its opening weekend pattern: