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David Dhawan at Singham screening
16 August 1955
Jallandhar, Punjab, India
|Children||Varun Dhawan (son)
Rohit Dhawan (son)
Dhawan started off as an editor before moving into directing. He specialises in directing comedy films,. 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 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.
Work with Govinda
Dhawan first teamed with actor Govinda for the film Taaqatwar (1989). He then formed a collaboration with Govinda and went onto direct 17 movies with him as the leading actor, most of which were comedy films. The films made by their collaboration are Taaqatwar (1989), Swarg (1990), Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), Aankhen (1993), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Banarasi Babu (1997), Deewana Mastana (1997), Hero No. 1 (1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999), Kunwara (2000), Jodi No.1 (2001), Ek Aur Ek Gyarah (2003), Partner (2007) and Do Knot Disturb (2009). Partner, which co-starred Salman Khan, grossed Rs. 300 Million in India on its opening week, the second highest domestic opening week gross for an Indian film at that time. The same year, Salman Khan invited Dhawan and Govinda on his show 10 Ka Dum to celebrate their film Partner. Dhawan got back to the trio of Govinda, Vashu Bhagnani and himself with the film, Do Knot Disturb.
Dhawan is married to Karuna (née Chopra) and has two children, Rohit Dhawan and Varun Dhawan. Rohit 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.
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