Anil Dhawan

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Anil Dhawan
Dhawan in 2009
Born 27 November 1950 (age 66)
Delhi, India
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Rashmi Anil Dhawan
Relatives See Dhawan family

Anil Dhawan is an Indian film and television actor, most known for his debut film, Chetna (1970) and Piya Ka Ghar (1972).[1][2]

He is memorable in the silver screen for the song Yeh Jeevan Hai in the movie Piya Ka Ghar (1972) with actress Jaya Bhaduri. The music was composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and sung by Kishore Kumar.[3]

He worked in a string of unconventional movies between late 1960s and early 1970s, which perhaps would have been better appreciated in some other era, such as Chetna, Yauwan, Piya Ka Ghar, and Annadata.[citation needed]

Now turned activist, Dhawan was part of Anna Hazare camp in his crusade against corruption in Indian public life.[4]

Early life[edit]

He belongs to Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. His father was chief Manager in Punjab National Bank there. He did High School from ST Francis Xavier's School, Kanpur and graduated from Christ Church College, Kanpur and later obtained a diploma in acting from FTII, Pune in the same batch as Jaya Bhaduri. His son is actor Siddharth Dhawan. Director David Dhawan is his brother, another director Rohit Dhawan and actor Varun Dhawan are his nephews.[1][5] Anil Dhawan has two grand children—granddaughter Anjini and grandson Karan from his son Siddharth.[6]


He joined Film and Television Institute of India as he wanted to become an actor .[7][8] He entered Bollywood in the '70s.His first film was B.R. Ishara, Chetna (1970). He worked with rising actor Aditya Pancholi in the television movie Sone Ka Pinjra (1986). Actress/director Asha Parekh directed him in the television serial, Kora Kogaz in the 1990s.[9] He was junior to actor Navin Nischol in FTII.[10]

In 2011, Anil Dhawan secured pivotal role in Mein Laxmi Tere Aangan Ki on Life OK starring opposite Aruna Irani.[11]

On his adoration of actress/director Asha Parekh who directed him in the television serial,"Kora Kogaz" in the 1990s: "I have been a great fan of hers. When I joined the industry in the '70s, she was doing her last film as a heroine, "Heera" (1973). I would hop over to wherever she would be shooting and gawk at her."[12]



  1. ^ a b "Anil Dhawan". 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  2. ^ Subhash K Jha (27 July 2012). "Anil Dhawan remembers late B R Ishara". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Anil Dhawan". 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Veteran Actor Anil Dhawan Speaks About Anna Hajare @ Independence Day". 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  5. ^ Rajiv Vijayakar (26 July 2012). "Numero Unos: A Survey Of The Top Hit Films - Part 5: Whizkid directors". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Siddharth Dhawan : Biography". Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  7. ^ Vijay Lokapally (2 August 2012). "Spreading Chetna!". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Anil Dhawan – Memories". 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  9. ^ "Anil Dhawan Biography, Anil Dhawan Profile - Filmibeat". Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  10. ^ "You are here". 2006-04-30. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  11. ^ Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Anil Dhawan : Biography". Retrieved 2015-03-18. 

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