David Dhawan

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David Dhawan

Birth Date: 16 Aug, 1952, Age (71)

Occupation : Director, Producer

Place of Birth : Agartala

David Dhawan

David Dhawan

David Dhawan is a 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 the comedies 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) and Main Tera Hero (2014), Judwaa 2 (2017). The 1993 action thriller Aankhen and 1999 comedy Biwi No.1 earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Director nominations. Also, super hit comedy like Coolie no.1 1995 Hero no.1 1997 & Dewana Mastana 1997.

Dhawan started off as an editor before moving into directing. He specialises in directing comedy films. His biggest success to date is 1993's Aankhen, starring Govinda and Chunkey Pandey. His movie Partner (2007) also became a big success at the box office.

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.

Dhawan first teamed with actor Govinda 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. The same year, Salman Khan invited Dhawan and Govinda 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.

David Dhawan's stories

  • Anil Dhawan Star Of 70's Once Again In Bollywood With Andhadhun

    Anil Dhawan Star Of 70's Once Again In Bollywood With Andhadhun

    One of the most popular actors of the early 1970s, Anil Dhawan resurfaced in Sriram Raghavan's thriller Andhadhun. Anil Dhawan who is the uncle of Varun Dhawan, play a yesteryears’ star who is bumped off by his wife Tabu in the Sriram Raghavan Thriller.

  • When David Dhawan struggled to complete his first film as a director

    When David Dhawan struggled to complete his first film as a director

    David Dhawan is one of that director who gave three to four movies a year but then what took him so long for his first film. It took David two and a half years to complete is first film Taaqatwar. Shocking isn’t it. The Editor turned Director shares his journey and the difficulties he faced.