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Bollywood Talk – Will the October risk pay off for Varun Dhawan?


Varun Dhawan has created history. This 9-film-old actor has not delivered a single flop in his 5½ long career. This is a legendary feat. No actor from the beginning of Bollywood can boast of this achievement. Even a film like ‘Badlapur’ (2015), that was unconventional, managed to achieve the ‘Hit’ status. ‘Dishoom’ (2016) was the only film that was ‘Average’ but looking at the collections and how it eventually did on television, it’s nothing short of a success.

But the trade and industry is not a bit concerned that this impeccable track record of Varun Dhawan might fail. After all, ‘October’ is about to release tomorrow and it looks too niche. It is directed by Shoojit Sircar and written by Juhi Chaturvedi. Both have had a great record thanks to excellent films like ‘Vicky Donor’ (2012), ‘Madras Café’ (2013) and ‘Piku’ (2015). All these films however seemed entertaining and had a slightly bigger reach. ‘October’ looks great and intriguing but the feel is very unconventional. Songs have been talked about a lot on the social media but on the whole, none of them have been chartbusters as such.

Thanks to Varun Dhawan’s presence, the film is been talked about. His star power will also ensure that the flick gets a decent opening of around Rs. 6-7 crore. After then, it’ll be the content that will do the talking and get audiences to cinemas. Reportedly, the costs are controlled and the film can achieve the ‘Hit’ mark if it does around Rs. 60-70 crore. With no real competition till ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, this can be a possibility, but only if the word of mouth is positive.

God forbid, even if ‘October’ doesn’t emerge as a commercial success, Varun Dhawan as such has nothing to lose. His star power would be intact and audiences would go in hordes for his next films like ‘Sui Dhaaga’, ‘Rannbhoomi’ and the dance film with Katrina Kaif.


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