Varun Dhawan in Ekta Kapoor's next

Varun Dhawan in Ekta Kapoor's next
Varun Dhawan in Ekta Kapoor's next

One of 2012۪s hottest newcomer Varun Dhawan is to feature in the remake of a Telugu film to be produced by queen of TV soaps Ekta Kapoor. 25 year old Dhawan made his hit debut with Karan Johar’s ‘Student Of The Year (2012)’.

Kapoor shelled out 2 crores for the Hindi remake rights of a Telugu blockbuster, which she’s making with the youngster and is also teaming up with the Junior Dhawan۪s father David Dhawan for this venture.

Calling Varun – India’s youngest teen sensation, Kapoor 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 months, according to reports by Times Of India.

The producer went on to explain her reasons for casting Dhawan, “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′ (1986). 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.”

The newcomer’s father is equally excited to direct this production and says that this is a perfect opportunity. He told Times Of India, “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?”.

By Rishi Modi