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David Dhawan at Singham screening
16 August 1960 
Jalandhar, Punjab, India
|Children||Varun Dhawan (son)
Rohit Dhawan (son)
Dhawan started off as an editor before moving into directing. He specializes in directing comedy films, most of which have featured Govinda, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor or Sanjay Dutt in lead roles, with Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Katrina Kaif playing the leading actresses. Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Johnny Lever and Paresh Rawal appear in his films playing supporting roles. His biggest success to date is 1993's Aankhen, starring Govinda and Chunkey Pandey. His Partner (2007) also became a big success at the box office.
Dhawan is considered one of the most successful directors in Bollywood, but he has been at many times blamed for copying Hollywood and South Indian films. He once had two of his films released on the same date and both did well. Dhawan is on the board of Asian Academy Of Film & Television and Asian School Of Media Studies where he has been honoured with an Academy Award by Sandeep Marwah. He was a judge on the Star Plus show Nach Baliye 3 in 2008 and on the show Hans Baliye.
Personal life 
Dhawan is married to Karuna Dhawan and has two children, Rohit Dhawan and Varun. Rohit has debuted as a director with the film Desi Boyz, while Varun was launched as an actor in Karan Johar's Student Of The Year. Dhawan's brother is an actor, Anil Dhawan. He considers Manmohan Desai as his guru. He claims that that he has always been following his ways of filmmaking.
Work with Govinda 
David Dhawan formed a hit team with Actor Govinda. They paired up for the first time in the not so successful Taaqatwar (1989). Their first above-average success was Swarg (1991). After that, there was almost no looking back. Shola Aur Shabnam (1992) was a hit followed by possibly the biggest hit of their careers in Aankhen (1993). David Dhawan then directed Govinda in a marathon of hits namely, Raja Babu (film), Coolie No. 1, Saajan Chale Sasural, Deewana Mastana, Hero No. 1, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan and Haseena Maan Jayegi. Their first failure in many years was the delayed Banarasi Babu. They met with big box office success with films like Jodi No. 1. Their next huge hit came with Partner (2007) which co-starred Salman Khan.
Work with Salman Khan 
If apart from Govinda, one can think of any other actor who formed a successful pairing with Dhawan, then it is Salman Khan. The actor-director delivered hits in films like Judwaa, Biwi No.1, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Partner and an average earner in Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge.
Style of music 
Few directors manage to create their style of music and David Dhawan is easily one of them. He has created his own brand of music through the 90s. Initially, it was a mixed bag with Bappi Lahiri composing hit music for Dhawan in films like Aandhiyan, Aag Ka Gola, Shola Aur Shabnam and Aankhen. But the true David Dhawan musical storm arrived with David Dhawan's successful collaborations with Anand-Milind and Anu Malik.
With Anand-Milind, David created both Indian and westernized songs in films like Swarg, Bol Radha Bol, Eena Meena Deeka, Raja Babu, Coolie No. 1, Loafer, Hero No. 1, Banarasi Babu and Chal Mere Bhai. Baring Banarasi Babu, all their other combinations ranged from hit to super hit. Although some of these films had songs with double meaning lyrics, they emerged chartbusters. The David Dhawan - Govinda and Anand-Milind team is considered one of the most successful collaborations of the 90s.
David Dhawan formed an invincible team with Anu Malik, coming up with mostly westernized tunes in films like Taaqatwar, Yaraana, Judwaa, Biwi No.1, Gharwali Baharwali, Mr and Mrs Khiladi, Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Chor Machaaye Shor, Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (one sensational song ) and Shaadi No. 1. Most of these films had hit music.
David Dhawan also extracted successful music from Nadeem-Shravan in Saajan Chale Sasural and above-average music from them again in Do Not Disturb. With changing times, David now works with newer music composers like Vishal-Shekhar, Himesh Reshammiya , Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Pritam (they have worked together on the shelved John Abraham starrer, Hook Ya Crook) and his new favorites, Sajid-Wajid (Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Partner, Chashme Buddoor and Partner 2).
As director 
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