Varun Dhawan

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Varun Dhawan
Varun Dhawan Stardust Conference.jpg
Dhawan at the Stardust Awards press conference in 2013
Born (1987-04-24) 24 April 1987 (age 28)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2012–present
Relatives See Dhawan family

Varun Dhawan (born 24 April 1987) is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. The son of film director David Dhawan, he studied Business Management from the Nottingham Trent University after which he worked as an assistant director to Karan Johar on the 2010 drama My Name Is Khan. Dhawan made his acting debut with Johar's 2012 romantic comedy Student of the Year, a box office success, for which he received a Filmfare nomination for Best Male Debut. In 2014, he played leading roles in the comedies Main Tera Hero and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, both of which were commercially successful. The following year, Dhawan played an avenger in Sriram Raghavan's crime thriller Badlapur.

Life and career[edit]

Dhawan was born on 24 April 1987 to David Dhawan, a film director, and Karuna Dhawan.[1][2] He has an elder brother, Rohit, who is a film director.[3] He has a degree in Business Management from the Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom.[4][5] Prior to his acting career, Dhawan worked as an assistant director to Karan Johar on his directorial My Name Is Khan (2010).[6]

Dhawan at a promotional event for Student of the Year, 2012

Two years later, Dhawan made his acting debut with Johar's romantic comedy Student of the Year alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt.[6] He was cast as Rohan Nanda, the teenage son of a rich businessman, who competes with his girlfriend (played by Bhatt) and best friend (played by Malhotra) to win an annual school championship. Film critic Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama reviewed: "Varun is excessively talented, supremely confident and hardly look like first-time actor. Photogenic, charming and self-assured,shine in his respective role, enact his part with gusto. Varun is a talent one can't help but marvel at. In fact, Varun is here to stay!"[7] CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand added: "It’s Varun Dhawan who stands out with a confident, charming turn, able to tackle both comical and vulnerable scenes with ease".[8] Student of the Year was a financial success,[9] grossing 700 million (US$11 million) domestically.[10]

In 2014, Dhawan had two film releases. His first appearance was in the comedy Main Tera Hero (2014), a remake of the Telugu film Kandireega, which was produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and directed by his father.[11][12] He played the leading role of Sreenath "Seenu" Prasad, an impetuous brat, who is in love with Ileana D'Cruz's character but is forced to marry the character played by Nargis Fakhri. Raedita Tandon of Filmfare reviewed: "[T]his movie belongs to Varun Dhawan. From the very first frame, Varun has your undivided attention. He may not be Govinda but his comic timing is impeccable. Especially, for a one-film old actor. Screen presence, acting chops; Prabhudheva like dancing skills, this boy has it all."[13] Main Tera Hero proved to be a box office success with worldwide earnings of 770 million (US$12 million).[14] Dhawan then played Rakesh "Humpty" Sharma, a flirtatious Punjabi boy who engages in a romantic affair with an engaged woman, in the romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Co-starring Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Shukla, the film was described as a tribute to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) by Johar, who served as producer.[15] Rohit Khilnani of India Today praised Dhawan's screen presence, and Nandini Ramnath of Mint noted how much he stood out in the "few quieter scenes" of the film.[16][17] Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania proved to be a box office hit, and Dhawan's third consecutive success.[18]

The crime thriller Badlapur (2015) from director Sriram Raghavan saw Dhawan play a man who over the course of 15 years avenges the murder of his wife and son.[19] Portraying the character was a "terrifying" experience for Dhawan, who "slipped into depression as after a point it no longer felt like I was acting in a film".[20] Raja Sen of praised Dhawan's acting range, writing that he "sheds his easy-breezy charm — but, crucially, not his slightly hapless natural likeability — and bubbles up volcanically, his eyes frequently doing the talking."[21] The film was a commercial success as well.[22]

As of May 2015, Dhawan has completed work on a sequel to the dance film ABCD: Any Body Can Dance, entitled ABCD 2, co-starring Shraddha Kapoor in which he portrays the real life character of Suresh Mukund, a dancer from Mumbai who wins the 2012 World Hip Hop Dance Championship.[23][24] He is filming alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Kriti Sanon for Dilwale, a comedy-drama from director Rohit Shetty, and has committed to star in his brother, Rohit's action drama Dhishoom alongside John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez.[25][26][27] In addition, Dhawan will star with Alia Bhatt in Karan Malhotra's drama Shuddhi.[28]

Other work[edit]

Alongside his acting career, Dhawan performs on stage and has co-hosted two award ceremonies. In 2013, he performed at the Filmfare, Screen, and Stardust award ceremonies, and at an event in Hong Kong.[29] He hosted the 2013 Stardust Awards ceremony with Sidharth Malhotra and Ayushmann Khurrana, and a segment of the 59th Filmfare Awards.[30] He was also part of the 20th Screen Awards, co-hosting the show alongside Shahrukh Khan and Richa Chadda.[31] In 2013, Dhawan performed at a special event alongside Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor and Huma Qureshi to raise funds for the flood-affected victims of Uttarakhand.[32]


Films that are in production Denotes films that are in production
Year Film Role Notes
2010 My Name Is Khan Assistant director
2012 Student of the Year Rohan "Ro" Nanda
2014 Main Tera Hero Sreenath "Seenu" Prasad
2014 Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Rakesh "Humpty" Sharma
2015 Badlapur Raghav "Raghu"
2015 ABCD 2Films that have not yet been released Suresh Mukund Post-production[24]
2015 DilwaleFilms that have not yet been released Filming[25][26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result
2012 Student of the Year BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut - Male Nominated[33]
2013 ETC Bollywood Business Awards Most Profitable Debut (Male) Nominated[34]
Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut Nominated[35]
Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Male Nominated[36]
Lions Gold Awards Favorite Debut (Male) Won[37]
Zee Cine Awards Best Male Debut Nominated[38]
Stardust Awards Breakthrough Performance – Male Won[39]
Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Nominated[40]
Star Guild Awards Best Male Debut Nominated[41]
Times of India Film Awards Best Debut - Male Nominated[42]
2014 Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Stardust Awards Best Actor – Comedy/Romance Won[43]
Superstar of Tomorrow – Male (also for Main Tera Hero) Nominated[44]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Male Nominated[45]
Main Tera Hero Big Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Comedy Film – Male Nominated[45]
Most Entertaining Actor – Male Nominated[45]
2015 Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Screen Awards Best Actor Nominated[46]
Star Guild Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated[47]
Main Tera Hero Best Actor in a Comic Role Won[47]
Screen Awards Best Actor (Popular Choice) Nominated[48]
IIFA Awards Best Performance in a Comic Role Pending[49]


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