Actor Varun Dhawan, who will be seen sharing screen space with Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Rohit Shetty’s next film, says that he was in awe of both the stars.

“First time when I saw them (SRK-Kajol) I was spellbound… I was just staring at them. They are one of the most loved on-screen couples. People are going to watch them after so many years. It’s just going to be amazing,” the 28-year-old says.

SRK is teaming up with Kajol after their last film, My Name is Khan in 2010. Reportedly, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Bajirao Mastani might clash with Dilwale at the box-office in December this year.

On the likely release of the two big films, Varun said, “I’ve no idea about this. I know Dilwale is coming on December 18. Our shoot is going on in full force. I can’t comment on what they are doing. All the best to them.”

There were also rumours that Karan Johar’s Brothers was first offered to him before the role went to his “Student of the Year” co-star Siddharth Malhotra, but Varun denied.

The Badlapur star also clarified that he has not replaced Arjun Kapoor in Revolution 2020.

“No, it is not true. I am doing Dilwale and Dishoom,” he added.

“I don’t know about all these reports as I am travelling most of the time. I was shooting in Bulgaria and now I will be going to Morocco so there is no time to react,” he said.

Varun will also be working in Karan Johar’s Shuddhi opposite Alia Bhatt.


Actor Varun Dhawan has denied being offered Mohit Suri’s directorial Half Girlfriend.

The Badlapur actor took to micro-blogging website Twitter to clear the air on his presence in the film, which is a big screen adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s eponymous novel. “I have not been offered #halfgirlfriend and I still want to collaborate with Mohit on something soon,” the 28-year-old posted on Twitter.

The upcoming 2016 romantic movie is being produced by producer Ekta Kapoor. Varun’s name was attached to the project along with one-film-old actress Kriti Sanon. Varun is currently busy shooting in Bulgaria for Rohit Shetty’s directorial Dilwale starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol among others.


There’s something positively exhilarating about good music and great dance. Watching people move in perfectly flawless and sometimes artistically symmetrical form is inspiring. It makes you feel like putting the boombox on, tap a few steps yourself. That’s roughly how ABCD 2 affects its audience. It’s an infectious experience of stunning dance moves and thrilling music. It’s a feel good film, better still it makes you happy and it energises your senses.

Dance movies are choc-a-bloc full of dance. No brainer. They’re also, almost always, slightly frivolous in terms of the story. ABCD 2 is no exception. The focus is on performance arts alone. So the story does get a bit tepid. A dishonoured group of young dancers from Mumbai decide to participate in an international dance competition. The idea is to win in a foreign competition and get their honour back. Suresh (Varun Dhawan) is the bright young boy leading the charge. His girlfriend Vinnie (Shraddha Kapoor) is as beautiful as she’s talented. And then you have Prabhudheva reprising his role of Vishnu Sir, from the first film, and helping the group achieve their lofty target as well as sort out his personal life in the process. End of the day, it boils down to a straight laced dance competition where it’s India versus rest of the world, like it happened in Shah Rukh Khans Happy New Year. They should’ve just cut to the chase and concentrated more on the competition and shrunk the build up.

What the bare minimum story does achieve is that it lets the focus rest solely on the dance in the competition. And boy is the dance good. If you’ve seen the Step Up movies you’ll know what to expect from ABCD 2. If you havent just picture Hrithik Roshan, Madhuri Dixit, Prabhudheva, Jeetendra, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra all dancing together. The dancing is that good. Sachin-Jigars music is perfectly adequate and spunky. Full marks to director Remo D’Souza and his team of choreographers, dancers and actors. Their efforts give India, its second great dance movie. It’s a definite step up from ABCD. There’s so much dancing here, it’ll leave you huffing and puffing by the end.

The main reason, ABCD 2 makes you sit up and almost jump in your chair is the performances. Actors are dancing like pros and dancers are acting professionally. The stand out jig comes from Varun Dhawan. His near perfect physique and his natural flair for dancing add value to ABCD 2. He’s on top of the versatility game. There’s none of that deathly intensity from Badlapur. Instead he’s transformed into a bundle of energy. Like an all new hero, on top of his game. Shraddha Kapoor matches Varun step for step when it comes to dancing. You can see the effort, you can feel the commitment. This is another top notch performance from a star on a steep ascend. Prabhudheva is a legend on the subject and naturally his performance lives up to all expectations. The supporting cast made up of professional dancers like Lauren Gottlieb, Dharmesh, Punit and Raghav do more than a decent job with their acting.

3D films in Hindi cinema are a rarity. Movies focusing entirely on dance are just as niche. Put the two together and you have a solid proposition for a commercial entertainer. Great looking lead pair, dancing their socks off and the visuals are pretty neat too. ABCD 2 is a dance film that makes its viewer feel like dancing. Michael Jackson would approve!