Varun’s the new Bollywood superstar

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Varun Dhawan’s stock is soaring after the superb opening to the film Judwaa 2. The film is expected to cross thee Rs 100 crore figure by the second weekend and Varun Dhawan has now hiked his fees manifold.

Sources in the trade inform that Varun will now be billing his producers a cool Rs 25 crore as his fees becoming the seventh biggest male star in Bollywood after the three Khans- Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn. Senior actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor are charging much lesser than him.

“Akshay Kumar has worked out a different way of charging money. He only charges Rs 20 crores as his fees, but ends up taking 80 percent of the profits. Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir come on board as producers as well, so the figure automatically is higher. Ajay Devgn has to charge Rs 40 crore per film because of his 400 crore Star TV deal for the satellite rights of his movies. Hrithik Roshan charges upwards of Rs 30 crore per film,” informs the trade source.

The trade is pleasantly surprised at Varun’s growth. “Varun does not try too hard. He does not do things beyond what his abilities are and at the same time is immensely likeable. He is a perfect combination of the madness of Salman Khan and the acting skills of Govinda. That is one reason why the growth is not really surprising and importantly he comes from a film family and is the son of one of the most successful commercial directors in Bollywood. Hence, the advice given to him is mostly right,” admits the editor of Complete Cinema, Atul Mohan.

Mohan also adds that Varuns’ choice of films has contributed a lot in his growth. The only offbeat film Varun went for in his career was Badlapur and even that film made money. “The two films in the Dulhania series for Karan Johar have also helped Varun and he is trying to maintain that image for his films. He is a honest actor and that helps in expanding the fan base as well,” maintains the trade expert.