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Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan
Dhawan at the Stardust Awards press conference in 2013
Born (1987-04-24) 24 April 1987
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Ethnicity Punjabi
Occupation Actor
Years active 2012–present
Relatives See Dhawan family

Varun Dhawan (born 24 April 1987) is an Indian actor working in Bollywood films. The son of film director David Dhawan, he studied Business Management from the Nottingham Trent University after which he worked as an assistant director to Karan Johar on the 2010 drama My Name Is Khan. Dhawan made his acting debut with Johar's 2012 romantic comedy Student of the Year, a box office success, for which he received a Filmfare nomination for Best Male Debut. In 2014, he starred as the protagonist of two commercially successful comedies— Main Tera Hero and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.

Early life

Varun Dhawan was born on 24 April 1987[1] in Mumbai to film director David Dhawan and Karuna Dhawan. He is the younger brother of director Rohit Dhawan, nephew of actor Anil Dhawan and cousin of actor Siddharth Dhawan. He did his early schooling from Bombay Scottish School. He has a degree in Business Management from the Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom.[2]


Dhawan at a promotional event for Student of the Year, 2012

Prior to his acting career, Dhawan worked as an assistant director to Karan Johar on his directorial My Name Is Khan (2010).[3] Two years later, Dhawan made his acting debut with Johar's romantic comedy Student of the Year alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt.[3] He was cast as Rohan Nanda, the teenage son of a rich businessman, who competes with his girlfriend (played by Bhatt) and best friend (played by Malhotra) to win an annual school championship. Film critic Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama reviewed: "Varun is excessively talented, supremely confident and hardly look like first-time actor. Photogenic, charming and self-assured,shine in his respective role, enact his part with gusto. Varun is a talent one can't help but marvel at. In fact, Varun is here to stay!"[4] CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand added: "It’s Varun Dhawan who stands out with a confident, charming turn, able to tackle both comical and vulnerable scenes with ease".[5] Student of the Year was a financial success,[6] grossing 700 million (US$11 million) domestically.[7]

In 2014, Dhawan had two film releases. His first appearance was in the comedy Main Tera Hero (2014), a remake of the Telugu film Kandireega, which was produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and directed by his father.[8][9] He played the leading role of Sreenath "Seenu" Prasad, an impetuous brat, who is in love with Ileana D'Cruz's character but is forced to marry the character played by Nargis Fakhri. Raedita Tandon of Filmfare reviewed: "[T]his movie belongs to Varun Dhawan. From the very first frame, Varun has your undivided attention. He may not be Govinda but his comic timing is impeccable. Especially, for a one-film old actor. Screen presence, acting chops; Prabhudheva like dancing skills, this boy has it all."[10] Main Tera Hero proved to be a box office success with worldwide earnings of 770 million (US$12 million).[11] Dhawan then played Rakesh "Humpty" Sharma, a flirtatious Punjabi boy who engages in a romantic affair with an engaged woman, in the romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Co-starring Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Shukla, the film was described as a tribute to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) by Johar, who served as producer.[12] Rohit Khilnani of India Today praised Dhawan's screen presence, and Nandini Ramnath of Mint noted how much he stood out in the "few quieter scenes" of the film.[13][14] Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania proved to be a box office hit, and Dhawan's third consecutive success.[15]

As of September 2014, Dhawan has completed work on Sriram Raghavan's action-thriller Badlapur, co-starring Yami Gautam, Huma Qureshi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in which he plays a man who over the course of 15 years avenges the murder of his wife.[16][17] He is filming opposite Shraddha Kapoor for a sequel to the dance film ABCD: Any Body Can Dance, entitled ABCD 2, in which he will play the real life character of Suresh Mukund, a dancer from Mumbai who wins the 2012 World Hip Hop Dance Championship.[18][19][20] He has also committed to star in his brother, Rohit's action drama Dhishoom alongside John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez.[21]

Other work

Alongside his acting career, Dhawan performs on stage and has co-hosted two award ceremonies. In 2013, he performed at the Filmfare, Screen, and Stardust award ceremonies, and at an event in Hong Kong.[22] He hosted the 2013 Stardust Awards ceremony with Sidharth Malhotra and Ayushmann Khurrana, and a segment of the 59th Filmfare Awards.[23] He was also part of the 20th Screen Awards, co-hosting the show alongside Shahrukh Khan and Richa Chadda.[24] In 2013, Dhawan performed at a special event alongside Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor and Huma Qureshi to raise funds for the flood-affected victims of Uttarakhand.[25]


Films that are in production Denotes films that are in production
Year Film Role Notes
2010 My Name Is Khan Assistant director
2012 Student of the Year Rohan Nanda
2014 Main Tera Hero Sreenath "Seenu" Prasad
2014 Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Rakesh "Humpty" Sharma
2015 BadlapurFilms that have not yet been released Raghu Post-production
2015 ABCD 2Films that have not yet been released Suresh Mukund Filming

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result
2012 Student of the Year BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut - Male Nominated[26]
2013 ETC Bollywood Business Awards Most Profitable Debut (Male) Nominated[27]
Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut Nominated[28]
Bollywood Hungama Surfers' Choice Movie Awards Best Debutant – Male Nominated[29]
Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Male Nominated[30]
Lions Gold Awards Favorite Debut (Male) Won[31]
Zee Cine Awards Best Male Debut Nominated[32]
Stardust Awards Breakthrough Performance – Male Won[33]
Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Nominated[34]
Star Guild Awards Best Male Debut Nominated[35]
Times of India Film Awards Best Debut - Male Nominated[36]

Other honours


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  2. ^ "Forget girlfriend, I'll now find myself a wife: Varun Dhawan". The Times of India. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
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  5. ^ Student of the Year' Review: If fun is what you're seeking, you won't be disappointed"'".  
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  9. ^ "David Dhawan to direct son in Kandireega Remake". Mid Day. 
  10. ^ Tandon, Raedita (4 April 2014). "Movie Review: Main Tera Hero". Filmfare. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Top Ten Worldwide Grossers 2014". Box Office India. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Karan Johar pays tribute to ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ through ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya’". The Indian Express. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  13. ^ Khilnani, Rohit (11 July 2014). "Movie Review: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is a refreshing film". India Today. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Ramnath, Nandini (11 July 2014). "Film Review: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania".  
  15. ^ "Hate Story 2 Picks Up At Multiplexes Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Is A Hit". Box Office India. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Varun Dhawan’s ‘Badlapur’ shooting wraps up". The Indian Express. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Watch: Varun Dhawan steals the thunder with his ballistic avatar in 'Badlapur' teaser". Daily News and Analysis. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  18. ^ Adivarekar, Priya (11 July 2014). "Varun’s character based on a real life choreographer in ABCD 2". The Indian Express. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Check out: Shraddha Kapoor and Varun Dhawan commence shooting for ABCD 2". Bollywood Hungama. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Shraddha Kapoor-Varun Dhawan's 'ABCD 2' to release on June 26, 2015". Daily News and Analysis. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  21. ^ Pathak, Ankur (1 December 2014). "Varun Dhawan turns dad". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  22. ^ Parikh, Urvi (2013-09-24). "Karan Johar's 'students' Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan perform at Hong Kong". Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  23. ^ "Stardust Awards 2013 Announcement | Alia, Sidharth, Esha, Varun". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  24. ^ Demello, Melanie. "20th Annual Screen Awards – A Night To Remember". Business of Cinema. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  25. ^ "Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra unite for a cause". Daily News and Analysis. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  26. ^ "Big Star Awards 2012 / 2013 – Winners, Nominations". Indicine. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "Bollywood Business Awards 2012".  
  28. ^ "Varun Dhawan— Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  29. ^ "Winners: Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Movie Awards 2012". Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  30. ^ "Nominations for 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards". Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  31. ^ "Lions Gold Awards Winners 2013". Indicine. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  32. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2013: Team 'Barfi!', Vidya Balan, Salman Khan bag big honours". Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  33. ^ "Stardust Awards 2013: list of winners". NDTV. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  34. ^ "Nominations for Stardust Awards 2013". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  35. ^ "Star Guild Awards — Nominees". Star Guild Awards. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  36. ^ "TOIFA Awards 2013 Nominations". Indicine. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  37. ^ "Times Most Desirable Men 2012 - Results". ITimes. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  38. ^ "Promising Newcomer Male 2012". ITimes. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  39. ^ "Koimoi 2012 Audience Poll Winners". Retrieved 20 June 2013. 

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