With his growing popularity, a 100 per cent track record at the box office and a good variety of roles Varun Dhawan has proved that he’s a superstar in the making. Over the past few years, he has not only proved his merit as an actor but also established himself as one of the most bankable stars in Bollywood. His popularity amongst the masses and his fine choice of roles and films has set him apart from the rest. In fact, with the success of Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Varun has left behind his contemporaries like Sidharth Malhotra, Arjun Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur and others in the box office race. On his birthday, we take a look at the actor’s box office record that proves he is one of the strongest contenders for gen next superstar title…

# Bankable at the box office

Varun can easily be touted as one of the most profitable stars at the BO. The actor has only hits under his belt and not a single dud. Our trade expert, Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor) had some very good things to say about David Dhawan’s younger son, he said, “Varun Dhawan has totally established himself as a bankable star. If you look at most of the actors, then you will realise that most of them have virtually wasted their entire career trying to prove that they can act. But the job of a star is not to act, his job is to get tickets sold at the box office. And Varun is someone who has time and again, before the release of every film, kept saying that ‘I just want to entertain.’ That is a star’s job. Only if you can do that, only if you can play to galleries, only if you can work for the entertainment of the paying public, will you succeed like this. And Varun has his sensibilities, has his intentions right, which is what makes him the bankable star that he is!” (ALSO READ – 5 instances that prove Varun Dhawan is Bollywood’s Zac Efron)

# Prince of the Rs 100 crore club

With Badrinath Ki Dulhania earning Rs 100 crore, Varun Dhawan now has a sizeable lead over his contemporaries in the hundred crore club. The star kid has three hundred crore films (ABCD 2, Dilwale, BKD) as compared to the one that Sidharth (Ek Villain), Aditya (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), Sushant (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story) and Arjun (2 States) have. For these stars to catch up with VD, they will have to deliver back-to-back hits. As our trade expert added, “As long as Varun’s intentions remain the same, he sticks to the idea of entertaining the people, makes films for that purpose; then nothing can stop him from becoming the biggest superstar of this generation.”

# Impressive line up of films

Varun has an impressive line up of films in the near future too. He has Judwaa 2 which releases this year, followed by a thriller with Shoojit Sircar and an Abhishek Varman rom-com. All these films look fantastic on paper and with their mass appeal, they will surely be hits. Not to forget very early on in his career, Varun experimented with his roles. He had a Badlapur in his filmography and his role in Badrinath Ki Dulhania won the critics too. (ALSO READ – These 6 pictures of a young Varun Dhawan prove that cuteness was always his forte)

Today on his birthday we wish Varun Dhawan a great year and a super innings at the box office. May he continue to win hearts with his performances on and off screen.