Varun Grover (writer)

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Varun Grover
Varun Grover Stand-up.JPG
Born (1980-01-26) 26 January 1980 (age 39)
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi
OccupationScreenwriter, lyricist, director, stand-up comedian
Years active2004–present
Notable work
Masaan, Udta Punjab, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Sacred Games

Varun Grover (born 26 January 1980) is an Indian comedian, screenwriter, and lyricist. He won the award for Best Lyricist at the 63rd National Film Awards in 2015.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Grover was born in Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh, to a school-teacher mother and army engineer father. He spent his initial years in Sundernagar and Dehradun, Uttarakhand, before moving to Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh for his adolescent years. He studied civil engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, graduating in 2003.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Collaboration in the Independent music space[edit]

In 2017 Varun Grover released Beete Dino Ke Geet[12] - a song in collaboration with US-based producer Krishna Chetan.



Sonchiriya 2019 Lyricist [13]
Sui Dhaaga 2018
Newton 2017 [14]
Udta Punjab 2016 [15]
Raman Raghav 2.0[15]
Masaan 2015 Writer, Lyricist[16]
Bombay Velvet Acting[17]
Dum Laga Ke Haisha Lyricist[18]
Ankhon Dekhi 2014 [18]
Prague 2013 [18]
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 2012 [16]
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1[16]
That Girl in Yellow Boots 2011[18]
Accident on Hill Road 2009 Dialogue writer


TV Show Year Credits
Sacred Games 2018 Writer[19]
Jay Hind! 2009–13 Lead Writer
10 Ka Dum 2008-09 Writer[7]
Oye! It's Friday! 2008-09 [7]
Ranvir Vinay Aur Kaun? 2007-08
SAB Ka Bheja Fry 2007
The Great Indian Comedy Show 2004-06 [7]

Awards and nominations[edit]


An unknown woman made allegations of sexual harassment against him in October 2018. The harassment allegedly took place took place during his time in BHU. Varun Grover denied the allegations in a tweet.[22] But a self-admitted friend of the victim has claimed them to be true.[23] An investigation into the matter by Netflix cleared him of any wrongdoing and false allegations.[24][25]


  1. ^ a b "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  2. ^ Pal, Divya (28 March 2016). "National Award winning lyricist Varun Grover recalls initial reactions to 'Moh Moh Ke Dhaage'". Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Varun Grover (Civil 2003) wins award as Best Lyricist at 63rd National Film Awards 2016". Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Brutal censors give another route to creativity: 'Masaan' writer Varun Grover". The Indian Express. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  5. ^ "Liberal in his thoughts". Daily Post India. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  6. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Varun Grover on His Journey, the Film Industry, & Sexism in Standup Comedy". The Better India. 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  7. ^ a b c d Jha, Lata (2015-08-05). "Masaan man Varun Grover's journey: A civil engineer turned Bollywood scriptwriter". Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  8. ^ "Neeraj Ghaywan, Varun Grover to donate National Award prize money to farmers". The Indian Express. 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  9. ^ Jha, Lata (5 August 2015). "Masaan man Varun Grover's journey: A civil engineer turned Bollywood scriptwriter". Mint.
  10. ^ "Review: The Criminal Life in Mumbai in 'Sacred Games'". The New York Times. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Sacred Games review: The Devil of the Details". The Indian Express. 30 June 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Indian music and cinema are tough nuts to crack: Varun Grover". 27 May 2017.
  13. ^ "'Sacred Games' Makers Talk About Their Favourite Character, Criticism, and First Pirated Show in Reddit AMA". News18. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  14. ^ "Before watching Padmaavat, check out comedian Varun Grover's hilarious take on the film". Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  15. ^ a b "Varun Grover, lyricist of many Phantom films, SLAMS Vikas Bahl for sexually abusing a female employee!". dna. 2017-04-11. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  16. ^ a b c "Brutal censors give another route to creativity: 'Masaan' writer Varun Grover". The Indian Express. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  17. ^ "Yes, 'Bombay Velvet' Is Pretty Atrocious, But We Should Not Be Happy About It". Huffington Post. 15 May 2015.
  18. ^ a b c d e "Loved the simplicity of 'Tu kisi rail si…': Varun Grover". The Indian Express. 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  19. ^ "Sacred Games writers didn t want to load the script with sex or violence". mid-day. 2018-07-15. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  20. ^ "Zee Cine Awards: Complete List of Winners". NDTV. 21 February 2016.
  21. ^ "Guild Awards 2015". DNA India. 23 December 2015.
  22. ^ "Varun Grover, Accused In #MeToo, Writes: Believe All Women But Differentiate From Believe All Screenshots". Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  23. ^ "Friend of woman who accused Varun Grover of sexual harassment comes forward, says charges are true". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  24. ^ "Netflix Retains Varun Grover, Anurag Kashyap & Vikramaditya Motwane For Sacred Games 2 Amid #MeToo". India Times. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  25. ^ "Netflix clears Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Varun Grover for Sacred Games season 2". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 7 December 2018.