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3 Times When Varun Dhawan Proved He Could Act

So far , David Dhawan’s younger son Varun’s career as a  hero has been a festival of frivolity. More often than  not he plays  carefree happy-go-lucky guys whose  biggest worry in life is  what to wear for the party  in the evening and would that pretty girl in the red dress look at him when the  deejay babu plays the latest  eveteaser.Whether  playing Rohan (Student Of  The  Year) or Badrinath  or Humpty Sharma, the  vibes are  always  basti  se  door parbat ke peeche  masti mein choor  ghane pedon ke neeche(courtesy: Bobby). But wait  there are  film that prove Varun can act. Take  a look.

1.     Badlapur(2014):  Varun Dhawan, a bit raw around the edges is nonetheless acutely effective as the grieving family-man and Nawazuddin flawlessly flamboyant as the sly villain who has willy-nilly destroyed the hero’s life.They together confer an overpowering immediacy to the proceedings. “The tree remembers, the axe forgets,” reads a proverb in the opening credits of a film that left me feeling like both the tree and the axe.While the film’s pain-lashed topography in the first overture is exceptional – with every vein on Varun Dhawan’s temples ringing a bell- the second overture gets audacious tongue-in-cheek subversive and sometimes downright silly. As if the tree decided to get even with the axe by cutting off its own branches.Cast in the mould of the greatest redemptive dramas, Badlapur has an ambitious ambiance of unmitigated doom irrigating almost every frame. It’s as if director Sriram Raghavan and his co-writer Arijit Biswas wants to shut out all light from his protagonist Raghavan’s life. Insulated from the outside world, Raghav’s festering pain spreads itself out in the narrative spanning a seductive facsimile of reality that jumps off the screen to claim our attention.

2.     October (2017): Juhi Chaturvedi’s  writing  is so lucid I felt I knew first-hand all the  characters  who populate  her wondrous world of alchemized pain. The  plot  is about an obdurate seemingly  obnoxious  hotel-management trainee, played with wilful gusto by Varun Dhawan, who  decides that the quiet shy colleague Shiuli(debutante Banita Sandhu)  who has gone into a coma has some  kind of a bonding with him.Unsure  of  that thing we call love, Varun Dhawan’s Dan simply lives  on the IDEA  of love, extolling its  idealism to a point where his  existence is defined  by one casual 3-worded question that Shiuli asked her  colleagues before she  slipped  into  a long coma. Varun Dhawan’s  deep understanding of what   makes a character as  seemingly overbearing as  Dan bring  out  his sensitive side , navigates  the film’s simple elegant structure through a  maze  of life-transforming experiences  which  convey the  unexpectedness of life as it suddenly swerves into death.

3.     Sui Dhaaga(2018):  Playing  the  diligent  darzee  Varun Dhawan surrenders to his character Mauji as though the role was tailor-made for him. Not  afraid to look less than heroic on screen, Varun furnishes his darji’s characters with a rugged candour. This is an actor and a character who are so sincere to their craft they don’t mind crawling on the floor if that’s what it takes to stay afloat.Dhawan’s performance is filled with a smothered disappointment it takes his quietly confident deceptively docile wife Mamta to bring out the suppressed ambition in her husband. The aspirational narrative of how Mauji finds his groove with considerable help from his street-wise wife, works like a charm because all the performers are solidly sincere. But most of all Sui Dhaaga wins our hearts because the director never milks the milieu for soppy sentimentality. Nor does he swing the other way to make the middle-class ambience a place to celebrate misery. The tone is constantly energetic yet poised.Director Sharat  Katariya is neither awed by stillness nor intimidated by noise.He listens to the heartbeat of the heartland.We listen. As  long as  Varun gives us one such performance every  2-3 years we  forgive him all the  excesses  of Coolie No 1 and Judwaa.

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