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David Dhawan
Dhawan in April 2013
Rajinder Dhawan

(1951-08-16) 16 August 1951 (age 72)
SpouseKaruna Chopra
ChildrenRohit Dhawan (son)
Varun Dhawan (son)
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 nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Director. His notable works include Swarg (1990), Shola Aur Shabnam, Bol Radha Bol (both 1992), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No.1 (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Judwaa, Hero No. 1, Deewana Mastana (all 1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999), Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (2000), Jodi No.1 (2001), Ek Aur Ek Gyarah (2003), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Partner (2007), Chashme Baddoor (2013), Main Tera Hero (2014), Judwaa 2 (2017), and Coolie No. 1 (2020).

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 Christian 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 and 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 Aankhen, starring Govinda, Chunky Pandey and Kader Khan, was highly successful at the box office, and earned him his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Director.[9] Another successful film was Shola Aur Shabnam.[9] His 2007 film Partner was successful.[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 directed 18 films with him as the leading actor, including 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 also 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 also collaborated with Khan in Biwi No.1 (1999), which emerged as a critical and commercial success, and earned Dhawan his second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Director. Dhawan got back to the trio of Govinda, Ritesh Deshmukh and himself with the film, Do Knot Disturb.[citation needed]


Year Film Cast Notes
1989 Taaqatwar Sanjay Dutt, Govinda
Gola Barood Shatrughan Sinha
Aag Ka Gola Sunny Deol, Dimple Kapadia
Jurrat Shatrughan Sinha Remake of The Untouchables
1990 Swarg Rajesh Khanna, Govinda Inspired by Mehrban
Aandhiyan Shatrughan Sinha
1991 Ek aur Faulad Sunil Shetty, Divya Bharti Unreleased
1992 Shola Aur Shabnam Govinda, Divya Bharti
Bol Radha Bol Rishi Kapoor, Juhi Chawla
1993 Aankhen Govinda, Chunkey Pandey Inspired by Anubavi Raja Anubavi
1994 Raja Babu Govinda, Karishma kapoor Inspired by Rasukutty
Eena Meena Deeka Rishi kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Juhi Chawla Inspired by Three Fugitives
Andaz Anil Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor Remake of Sundara Kandam
1995 Yaraana Rishi Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit Based on Sleeping with the Enemy
Coolie No. 1 Govinda, Karishma Kapoor Remake of Sinna Mapplai
1996 Loafer Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla Remake of Velai Kidaichuduchu
Saajan Chale Sasural Govinda, Karishma Kapoor, Tabu Remake of Allari Mogudu
1997 Mr and Mrs Khiladi Akshay Kumar, Juhi Chawla Remake of Aa Okkati Adakku
Banarasi Babu Govinda Inspired by The Taming of the Shrew and Pattikada Pattanama
Judwaa Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Rambha Remake of Hello Brother
Deewana Mastana Govinda, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla Inspired by What About Bob?
Hero No. 1 Govinda, Karishma Kapoor Inspired by Bawarchi
1998 Gharwali Baharwali Anil Kapoor, Raveena Tandon Remake of Thaikulame Thaikulame
Bade Miyan Chote Miyan Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda Inspired by Bad Boys
1999 Biwi No.1 Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, Tabu, Sushmita Sen Remake of Sathi Leelavathi
Haseena Maan Jaayegi Govinda, Sanjay Dutt Inspired by Pyar Kiye Jaa
2000 Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor Inspired by Ek Phool Char Kaante
Kunwara Govinda, Urmila Remake of Bavagaru Bagunnara?
Chal Mere Bhai Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Karishma Kapoor
2001 Jodi No.1 Govinda, Sanjay Dutt
Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta Govinda, Sushmita Sen Inspired by Liar Liar
2002 Chor Machaaye Shor Bobby Deol, Shilpa Shetty Remake of Blue Streak
Yeh Hai Jalwa Salman Khan, Ameesha Patel Inspired by Carbon Copy
Hum Kisise Kum Nahin Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt Inspired by Analyze This
2003 Ek Aur Ek Gyarah Sanjay Dutt, Govinda
2004 Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra
2005 Shaadi No. 1 Multi Star Remake of Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu
Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sushmita Sen Adaptation of Cactus Flower
2007 Partner Salman Khan, Govinda Based on Hitch
2009 Do Knot Disturb Govinda Remake of The Valet
2011 Rascals Arjun Rampal, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan
2013 Chashme Buddoor Ali Zafar, Taapsee Pannu Remake of Chashme Buddoor
2014 Main Tera Hero Varun Dhawan Remake of Kandireega
2017 Judwaa 2 Varun Dhawan Remake of Judwaa
2020 Coolie No. 1 Varun Dhawan Remake of Coolie No. 1

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year± Film Award Ceremony Category Result
1994 Aankhen Filmfare Awards Best Director Nominated
2000 Biwi No.1 Nominated
Best Film Nominated
2024 Lifetime Achievement Award Won


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  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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Muthanna, Anjali (3 April 2014) (3 April 2014). "Bangalore girls go selfie-crazy with Varun Dhawan". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 April 2014.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Rajiv Vijayakar (26 July 2012). "Numero Unos: A Survey of the Top Hit Films – Part 5: Whizkid directors". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. 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.
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  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. ^ Goyal, Divya (22 August 2017). "Hey Govinda, Here's What David Dhawan Said About Working With You Again". NDTV. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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