Varun Dhawan: The chocolate-boy image had started to irritate me

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By HT

Mumbai, Dec. 31 -- Not many actors can boast of delivering five hit films in three years. But Varun Dhawan, who made his debut with film-maker Karan Johar's Student Of The Year (2012), has managed to achieve this feat. This year, too, the young actor maintained his success ratio, even though he experimented with his roles.

The 28-year-old started 2015 on a high note with Badlapur, in which he was seen in an all-new avatar. Ditching his boy-next-door image, he played a character that was dark and intense. "My last release in 2014 was Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, and everyone had labelled me a chocolate boy. Somewhere, that had started to irritate me. So, Badlapur was my way of changing that image," says Varun.

Just a few months later, the actor transformed himself into a dancer for director Remo D'Souza's ABCD 2. He says that he wanted to prove that "dancing in India is not just limited to the 'latkas' and 'jhatkas'". Finally, he ended the year with a big-budget project, also starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Kriti Sanon. "I wanted to do a comedy film, and I was happy that I got a chance to do one with one of the biggest directors in Bollywood - Rohit Shetty," says Varun.