David Dhawan

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David Dhawan
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Dhawan at the screening of Singham in 2011
Rajinder Dhawan

(1955-08-16) 16 August 1955 (age 64)
Spouse(s)Karuna Dhawan (née Chopra)
ChildrenVarun Dhawan
Rohit Dhawan
RelativesSee Dhawan family

David Dhawan (born Rajinder Dhawan on 16 August 1955[1]) is an Indian film director who works in Hindi films. He is the father of Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan and director Rohit Dhawan. He is best known for directing several successful films, including Swarg (1990), Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Judwaa (1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (2000), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Partner (2007), Chashme Baddoor (2013), Main Tera Hero (2014) and Judwaa 2 (2017). The 1993 action thriller Aankhen and 1999 comedy Biwi No.1 earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Director nominations.

Early life[edit]

David Dhawan was born in Agartala to a Punjabi Hindu family, but brought up in Kanpur where his father, who was a manager in UCO Bank, got transferred. He studied in Christ Church College and *BNSD Inter College,till Class XII. He then joined Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) for acting, but seeing other actors like Satish Shah and Suresh Oberoi, realised that he can't act. So he took up editing as an option.[2] He belongs to Ludhiana in Punjab. His original name was 'Rajinder Dhawan' but when he was growing up, his neighbours, who were Christians, used to lovingly call him 'David,' and he officially changed it to David, when he got into the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).


Dhawan[3] started off as an editor before moving into directing. He specialises in directing comedy films.[4] His biggest success to date is 2017's Judwaa 2, starring his son Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu.[4] His Partner (2007) also became a big success at the box office.[5]

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[edit]

Dhawan first teamed with actor Govinda[6] for the film Taaqatwar (1989). He then formed a collaboration with Govinda and went on to 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.[7] The same year, Salman Khan invited Dhawan[8] and Govinda[9] on his show 10 Ka Dum to celebrate their film Partner. Dhawan got back to the trio of Govinda, Ritesh Deshmukh and himself with the film, Do Knot Disturb.

Personal life[edit]

Dhawan is married to Karuna (née Chopra)[10][11] and has two sons, Rohit Dhawan and Varun Dhawan. Dhawan's brother is actor Anil Dhawan and nephew is actor Siddharth Dhawan.[12]


Year Film Cast
1989 Taaqatwar Sanjay Dutt, Govinda
Gola Barood Shatrughan Sinha
Aag Ka Gola Sunny Deol, Dimple Kapadia
1990 Swarg Govinda, Juhi Chawla
Aandhiyan Prosenjit Chatterjee
1991 Jurrat Shatrughan Sinha
1992 Shola Aur Shabnam Govinda, Divya Bharti
Bol Radha Bol Rishi Kapoor, Juhi Chawla
1993 Aankhen Govinda, Chunky Pandey
1994 Raja Babu Govinda, Karisma Kapoor
Eena Meena Deeka Vinod Khanna, Juhi Chawla, Rishi Kapoor
Andaz Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Karisma Kapoor
1995 Yaraana Rishi Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit
Coolie No. 1 Govinda, Karisma Kapoor
1996 Loafer Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla
Saajan Chale Sasural Govinda, Karisma Kapoor, Tabu
1997 Mr and Mrs Khiladi Akshay Kumar, Juhi Chawla
Banarasi Babu Govinda, Ramya Krishnan
Judwaa Salman Khan, Rambha, Karisma Kapoor
Deewana Mastana Govinda, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla
Hero No. 1 Govinda, Karisma Kapoor
1998 Gharwali Baharwali Anil Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Rambha
Bade Miyan Chote Miyan Amitabh Bachchan, Raveena Tandon, Govinda
1999 Biwi No.1 Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Sushmita Sen
Haseena Maan Jaayegi Sanjay Dutt, Govinda
2000 Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor
Kunwara Govinda, Urmila Matondkar
Chal Mere Bhai Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor
2001 Jodi No.1 Sanjay Dutt, Govinda
Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta Govinda, Sushmita Sen, Rambha
2002 Chor Machaaye Shor Bobby Deol, Shilpa Shetty, Bipasha Basu
Yeh Hai Jalwa Salman Khan, Amisha Patel
Hum Kisise Kum Nahin Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Aishwarya Rai
2003 Ek Aur Ek Gyarah Sanjay Dutt, Govinda
2004 Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra
2005 Shaadi No. 1 Sanjay Dutt
Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen, Katrina Kaif
2007 Partner Govinda, Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan
2009 Do Knot Disturb Govinda, Sushmita Sen, Lara Dutt, Ritesh Deshmukh
2011 Rascals Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn
2013 Chashme Baddoor Siddharth, Ali Zafar, Taapsee Pannu, Divyendu Sharma
2014 Main Tera Hero Varun Dhawan, Nargis Fakhri, Ileana D'Cruz
2017 Judwaa 2 Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu
2020 Coolie No. 1dagger Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan

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 "Govinda is a delight for the director: David Dhawan". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  2. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/Govinda-is-a-delight-for-the-director-David-Dhawan/articleshow/19322624.cms Govinda is delight for the director David Dhawan
  3. ^ Team, news18. "David Dhawan thinks it's very feasible for Hindi film makers to shoot abroad". news18.com. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b "David Dhawan > Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on 19 September 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Box Office 2007". BoxofficeIndia.com. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  6. ^ Team, news18. "Happy Birthday David Dhawan: His Most Unforgettable Movies Featuring Govinda". news18.com. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  7. ^ "indiaglitz.com". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  8. ^ Team, Indianexpress. "David Dhawan on working with Govinda again: Why not? We have created history". indianexpress.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  9. ^ Team, ndtv. "Hey Govinda, Here's What David Dhawan Said About Working With You Again". ndtv.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Muthanna, Anjali (3 April 2014). "Bangalore girls go selfie-crazy with Varun Dhawan". Times of India. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  12. ^ Rajiv Vijayakar (26 July 2012). "Numero Unos: A Survey Of The Top Hit Films – Part 5: Whizkid directors". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 20 August 2012.

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