Rohit Dhawan Seems Keen To Make Varun The Next Govinda

But did he do justice to his brother in his latest offering Dishoom?

Watching Dishoom, directed by Rohit Dhawan, I was rather dismayed by the way his brother, Varun Dhawan’s character had been conceived and then portrayed. And while I am not propagating that a writer-director should keep the best role for a family member, I definitely think that who better to understand said member’s strengths as a performer and cater to that.

So what are Varun’s strong points? For one, there is an earnest boyishness about him that appeals widely to girls. This so clearly comes through in his first film Student Of The Year and his father, David Dhawan’s Main Tera Hero. This aspect is left completely untapped in Dishoom in an effort to make him goofy. Then, there is the intensity and power as he exuded in Badlapur and even in the dance film ABCD 2, these two are completely absent in Dishoom. It is only the goofiness he displayed in Dilwale and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania that is on show here. With a seriously one-dimensional role, it is as if Rohit had just one aim in mind, to pitch his brother as the next Govinda. But what Rohit seems to have forgotten is that Govinda was a consummate actor. His dancing and comic timing was the cherry on top.

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To really understand how a family member can help another, one has to just examine the case of Boney and Anil Kapoor. Boney was a crafty producer who produced films by the dozen for his brother from the intense Woh 7 Din to the extravagant Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja to the romantic Bewafaa to the comic and iconic Mr India to the naughty No Entry and so on. And Anil Kapoor is still a much-in-demand actor.

Or Rakesh Roshan who has consistently been making interesting and successful films for his son Hrithik, starting with introducing him in Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai to Koi Mil Gaya and the Krrish franchise.

This is not to say that producer or director should cast a family member in every film. Of course not, it’s just that if one is going to do so, he should play to the actor/actress’ strengths.

RK Films, for example, did not feel the need to go into revival mode when Ranbir Kapoor came on the scene and neither did Rishi Kapoor decide to take up the directing reins he had let go off after his maiden film Aa Ab Laut Chalen. It was the same with Randhir Kapoor’s daughters Karisma and Kareena who made inroads on their own. Veteran actor Jeetendra did not launch his son Tusshar and in fact, the family banner only produced films for him once the banner was properly launched with films with other actors. Likewise the Bhatt family that boasts several producers and directors haven’t yet announced a film with the flavour of the season, Alia barring one from her mother Soni Razdan. And there are several examples out there.

The point is, if you’re going to do it, do it well, and Dishoom didn’t.

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