Varun Dhawan will start Eekkees after Coolie No 1

Varun Dhawan It is a busy star. With Coolie No 1 on floors, and the announcement for Sriram Raghavan’s Eekkees coming through last month, the actor has his hands full. However, buzz is that Varun, currently filming the remake of the popular comedy headlined by Govinda, is likely to start shooting for Sriram’s film only towards the end of May. He wants Coolie No 1 to release before he plunges into the biopic on Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal .

Speaking of which, producer Dinesh Vijan , who is bankrolling the project, told us in a recent conversation, “Eekkees is a prized project and it will go on floors after Coolie No 1 has released. It should be by the end of May or early June when we roll. It’s a big film and so we have started the pre-production work on it. It will take us about six months.”

When asked about meeting with Varun and Sriram, who together gave the sandy and emotionally touching Badlapur , Dinesh said, “Sriram is someone I worked with at the beginning of my career and he made Varun do something so striking in Badlapur. He’s made some wonderful films post that and has come into his own with AndhaDhun. The other day when we were talking I told him, ‘You should be tired of hiding the body by now.’ On a serious note, the film has an emotional connection for me. I lost my father a few years ago and his loss has left an emotional vacuum. Arun Kheterpal’s story gave me goosebumps because apart from the war aspect, it has a very strong father-son story at the core. The emotional arc is very strong. That is something that has always worked for us and I can't wait to start this journey. ”