After breaking the mould with an edgy, noiristic flick likeBadlapur,Jr Dhawan has set the tone for newbies looking to make their mark in the industry this year

All commercial and no experimentation makes Jack a dull actor. And the new crop of actors seem to have grasped this philosophy really well. Last year we saw Alia Bhatt surprising the viewers with her chirpy yet moving portrayal of a victim suffering from Stockholm syndrome, in Imtiaz Ali’s road movie Highway. And now Varun Dhawan, has caught the attention of movie lovers all around the nation, with his gobsmackingly awesome transformation from a chocolate hero to rugged, brooding, revenge thirsty maniac.

While Badlapur has opened to thundering response and rave reviews, the critics have unanimously applauded Varun’s earnest performance and bold decision to star in a dark film like Badlapur at the start of his career. With newbies like Sooraj Pancholi and Harshavardhan Kapoor set to make debut this year, here’s what the new kids in the block should learn from Varun Dhawan, to make a mark in Bollywood:

Explore different genres

Lets get this straight. Romantic comedies and masala potboilers are bread and butter for any newcomer who enters Bollywood. And if the debut film works, more often than not, these newbies get stuck in the rut of doing similar films, unwilling to step out of the comfort zone. But Varun showed that he is not here just to sign commercial films and is willing to explore the depths of his acting skills. After enjoying tremendous success in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year, not many know that Varun signed Badlapur as his second film, ready to take the plunge into different genres of cinema.

Take risks

Filmmaking is a risky business. One thing that works today can actually prove fatal the next day. While stars in the industry try to follow a set template of films, in an attempt to churn out big money spinners, Varun needs to appreciated for his brave mindset. By signing a film like Badlapur, the Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania actor took a big risk as he plays a character with a grey shade in an unconventional film. When he signed a Sriram Raghavan flick, many raised eyebrows as it was considered to be a big gamble, which could prove costly if he fails to live up to the expectation. But guess what? The risk has paid off as he pulled the role with great conviction.

Give your best shot

It doesn’t matter what kind of film you are doing, who is your co-star, who is your director or what is your role. If you are an honest actor, all it matters is rising up to the challenge and giving your best shot. While there is no foolproof method to success, a mark of a good actor is the one who gives his all to the role and makes sure that he has done justice to the role, by performing upto his full capabilities. Varun went through a great deal to prepare for his role, be it his physical transformation or his mental make up, and it was evident while watching him perform onscreen. While he might not be the greatest actor in the industry, he is certainly one of the earnest performers in Indian cinema, who doesn’t rest until he delivers his best.

Go all out and promote

Irrespective of what the final product is, whether you like the film or not, it is an actor’s duty to promote his film at all platforms. Varun clearly understands the importance of promotion and goes all out to build the buzz around the film. Even for Badlapur, Jr Dhawan went crazy promoting for his film, attending so many public gatherings that we lost count. He even publicised the film through Twitter, and created a brand that Badlapur is now. Here is an actor who clearly understands the importance of marketing and believes an actor’s job is not over when director says cut.

Break your image

We live in a society where stereotyping is pretty common among the people. While, in the film industry it is so easy to be typecast and written off after one bad film, Varun has managed to break the mould and prove that he can do much more than just romance and dance. Even when he made his debut, being the son of a commercial entertainer David Dhawan, people never expected him to do anything different. But the Main Tera Hero actor has proved his critics wrong with his latest offering by not only doing a noir flick, but also nailing his part to perfection. With this film, Varun successfully undergoes an image makeover and I am sure people will take him as serious actor from now on.