David Dhawan

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David Dhawan
David Dhawan.jpg
Dhawan in April 2013
Rajinder Dhawan

(1951-08-16) 16 August 1951 (age 70)
OccupationFilm director
Spouse(s)Karuna Chopra Dhawan
ChildrenRohit Dhawan, Varun Dhawan
RelativesSee Dhawan family

David Dhawan (born Rajinder Dhawan; 16 August 1951) is an Indian director of Hindi films. A member of the Dhawan family, he has directed over 42 films. The 1993 action thriller Aankhen and 1999 comedy Biwi No.1 earned him two Filmfare Award for Best Director nominations. His notable works include Swarg (1990), Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), Bol Radha Bol (1992), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No.1 (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Judwaa (1997), Hero No. 1 (1997), Deewana Mastana (1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999), Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (2000), Jodi No.1 (2001), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Partner (2007), Chashme Baddoor (2013), Main Tera Hero (2014) and Judwaa 2 (2017).

Personal life[edit]

David Dhawan was born on 16 August 1951[2][3] as Rajinder Dhawan in Agartala, Tripura in a Punjabi family. His father, a manager in UCO Bank, got transferred to Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He studied in Christ Church College and BNSD Inter College until Class XII, and then joined FTII for acting where he changed his name to David Dhawan, a name given by his Catholic neighbours in Agartala. Seeing other actors like Satish Shah and Suresh Oberoi, Dhawan realised that he cannot act. So he took up editing as an option. He became a fan of Manmohan Desai and Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Watching the Bengali film Meghe Dhaka Tara, directed by Ritwik Ghatak, made him interested in filmmaking and passed with a gold medal.[1][4] Dhawan has two brothers, actor Anil Ashok.

Dhawan is married to Karuna Chopra,[5][6] with whom he has two sons, Rohit Dhawan and Varun Dhawan. His brother is actor Anil Dhawan and nephew is actor Siddharth Dhawan.[7]


Dhawan[8] started off as an editor in Saaransh in 1984 before moving into directing. He specialises in directing comedy films.[9] His 1993 film Ankhen, starring Govinda, Chunky Pandey and Kader Khan, was highly successful at the box office, witnessing a revival of popular cinema of the 1990s.[9] Another successful film was Shola Aur Shabnam.[9] His 2007 film Partner also became a big success at the box office.[10]

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[11] in 2008 and on the show Hans Baliye.[12]

Work with Govinda[edit]

Dhawan first teamed with actor Govinda[13] for the film Taaqatwar (1989). He then formed a collaboration with Govinda and went on to direct 18 films with him as the leading actor, most of which were comedy films. The films under 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), Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta (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.[14] The same year, Salman Khan invited Dhawan[15] and Govinda[16] on his show 10 Ka Dum to celebrate Partner. Dhawan got back to the trio of Govinda, Ritesh Deshmukh and himself with the film, Do Knot Disturb .


Year Film
1989 Taaqatwar
Gola Barood
Aag Ka Gola
1990 Swarg
1991 Jurrat
1992 Shola Aur Shabnam
Bol Radha Bol
1993 Aankhen
1994 Raja Babu
Eena Meena Deeka
1995 Yaraana
Coolie No. 1
1996 Loafer
Saajan Chale Sasural
1997 Mr and Mrs Khiladi
Banarasi Babu
Deewana Mastana
Hero No. 1
1998 Gharwali Baharwali
Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
1999 Biwi No.1
Haseena Maan Jaayegi
2000 Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge
Chal Mere Bhai
2001 Jodi No.1
Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta
2002 Chor Machaaye Shor
Yeh Hai Jalwa
Hum Kisise Kum Nahin
2003 Ek Aur Ek Gyarah
2004 Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
2005 Shaadi No. 1
Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya
2007 Partner
2009 Do Knot Disturb
2011 Rascals
2013 Chashme Buddoor
2014 Main Tera Hero
2017 Judwaa 2
2020 Coolie No. 1

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year± Film Award Ceremony Category Result
1994 Aankhen Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Director Nominated
2000 Biwi No.1 Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Director Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Film Nominated
2005 Mujhse Shaadi Karogi International Indian Film Academy Awards IIFA Award for Best Director Nominated
2014 Main Tera Hero Stardust Awards Stardust Award for Dream Director Nominated
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining Comedy Film Won


  1. ^ a b Gupta, Priya (2 April 2013). "Govinda is a delight for the director: David Dhawan". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Varun Dhawan wishes dad David Dhawan on 70th birthday, calls him 'king of comedy'. Watch video". Hindustan Times. ANI. 16 August 2021. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  3. ^ "David Dhawan Birthday Special: 'Biwi No.1', 'Judwaa' and other hit comedy films of the director". Free Press Journal. 15 August 2021. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Govinda blasts David Dhawan: I did 17 films with him. Even his son Varun will not do that". India Today. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  5. ^ Baddhan, Raj (3 April 2014). "Varun Dhawan's grandmother passes away". Biz Asia. Archived from the original on 23 April 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  6. ^ Muthanna, Anjali (3 April 2014). "Bangalore girls go selfie-crazy with Varun Dhawan". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  7. ^ Rajiv Vijayakar (26 July 2012). "Numero Unos: A Survey of the Top Hit Films – Part 5: Whizkid directors". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  8. ^ "David Dhawan thinks it's very feasible for Hindi film makers to shoot abroad". News18. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "David Dhawan > Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on 19 September 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Box Office 2007". BoxofficeIndia.com. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  11. ^ Shah, Kunal M. (18 September 2007). "The secret is out!". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  12. ^ "David Dhawan and Karisma to judge Hans Baliye." India Forums. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Happy Birthday David Dhawan: His Most Unforgettable Movies Featuring Govinda". News18. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  14. ^ "indiaglitz.com". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  15. ^ Sharma, Priyanka (21 August 2017). "David Dhawan on working with Govinda again: Why not? We have created history". The Indian Express. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Hey Govinda, Here's What David Dhawan Said About Working With You Again". ndtv.com. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017. {{cite news}}: |first= missing |last= (help)

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