Varun never wanted to become an actor, it was his mother who wished that he pursue acting. After joining Barry John’s acting school, he learned various aspects of filming. In 2010, while studying at the film school, he acted and worked as a co-director of photography for a short film titled White Mountain, along with Arjun Kapoor. He also wrote the story and screenplay for the same. Later, he assisted Karan Johar on the film My Name Is Khan, where he worked along with Sidharth Malhotra. At that time, Sidharth Malhotra, a successful model, was looking for a break in films. Karan Johar spotted the two young talented boys and offered them to work in his venture Student Of The Year. The film also featured Alia Bhatt, daughter of director Mahesh Bhatt. The three debuted together on the silver screen. Upon the movie’s release, Varun Dhawan came out as a promising and energetic actor, and his portrayal of Rohan Nanda, a rich brat, was much appreciated by the critics.
In 2014, he appeared in a lead role in Main Tera Hero directed by his father David Dhawan, romancing Illeana D’cruz and Nargis Fakhri. His character of Seenu was instantly compared to that of the various characters portrayed by Govinda, and was said to have the same flamboyant presence on-screen as Govinda. This was followed by Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania opposite Alia Bhatt, which was directed by Shashank Khaitan. Varun Dhawan won the Stardust Award in 2014 for Best Actor — Comedy/Romance.
His career best performance came with his 2015 release Badlapur, directed by Sriram Raghavan. The story of lost love and revenge gripped the audience along with the Varun’s characters’ rugged look and he established himself as a serious actor. In the year 2015, Varun Dhawan had two releases — ABCD 2 opposite Shraddha Kapoor, and Dilwale. ABCD 2, a hardcore dance-centric film directed by choreographer Remo D’souza, proved Varun’s prowess as a dancer. Even though the film was not appreciated much by the critics, the actor swayed the audience off with his chiseled body and good looks. The Rohit Shetty directed Dilwale, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan, made a mark with mixed reviews.
Varun Dhawan’s 2016 projects include Dishoom, which is directed by his brother Rohit Dhawan and stars John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Akshaye Khanna. In 2017, the actor will be seen opposite Alia Bhatt in the romantic comedy film Badrinath Ki Dulhania.