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Varun Dhawan
Assistant Director • Actor • Special Appearances
Born: April 24, 1987 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Varun Dhawan is an Indian actor who is popularly known as the new age Govinda. He is known for pulling off roles of various genres. Son of well-known director David Dhawan, the young actor made a promising debut in Karan Johar`s 2012 film Student Of The Year along with his contemporaries Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra. The actor has acted in comedy, tragedy and romantic films, making his mark in the industry, and is best remembered for his performance in the crime-thriller Badlapur.

Early Life
Son of David and Karuna Dhawan, Varun was born on 24th April, 1987 in Mumbai and was brought up in a Punjabi family. Despite David Dhawan being a successful director, he wanted Varun to be an engineer or a doctor. The actor always wanted to be a wrestler and is a fan of WWE wrestler The Rock, Dwayne Johnson. It was Varun`s mother who wanted him to become an actor. His elder brother Rohit Dhawan, whom he shares a very strong bond with, is a director as well.

A bright student from the beginning, Varun completed his schooling from Bombay Scottish School and later went on to pursue business management from the Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom. After returning from England, he joined Barry John`s acting school. There, he studied with Arjun Kapoor and acted in short films, after which he started to work on his acting skills rigorously. Being a healthy kid, Varun began to transform his body and honed his physique before he was roped in for the film Student Of The Year, which released in 2012.

Personal Life
The actor was in a long-standing relationship with his childhood friend Natasha Dalal, though they made it official on social media only in 2019. Natasha is a fashion designer with her own label that specializes in wedding and bridal couture. She has a store in Mumbai`s Juhu area. Although Varun tried to keep his relationship away from the limelight, the couple was spotted on various occasions either dining or vacationing together. In January 2021, the couple tied the knot in a private ceremony in Alibaug.

Movie Career
Varun never wanted to become an actor, it was his mother who wished that he pursue acting. After joining Barry John`s acting school, he learned various aspects of filming. In 2010, while studying at the film school, he acted and worked as a co-director of photography for a short film titled White Mountain, along with Arjun Kapoor. He also wrote the story and screenplay for the same. Later, he assisted Karan Johar on the film My Name Is Khan, where he worked along with Sidharth Malhotra. At that time, Sidharth Malhotra, a successful model, was looking for a break in films. Karan Johar spotted the two young talented boys and offered them to work in his venture Student Of The Year. The film also featured Alia Bhatt, daughter of director Mahesh Bhatt. The three debuted together on the silver screen. Upon the movie`s release, Varun Dhawan came out as a promising and energetic actor, and his portrayal of Rohan Nanda, a rich brat, was much appreciated by the critics.

In 2014, he appeared in a lead role in Main Tera Hero directed by his father David Dhawan, romancing Illeana D`cruz and Nargis Fakhri. His character of Seenu was instantly compared to that of the various characters portrayed by Govinda, and was said to have the same flamboyant presence on-screen as Govinda. This was followed by Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania opposite Alia Bhatt, which was directed by Shashank Khaitan. Varun Dhawan won the Stardust Award in 2014 for Best Actor - Comedy/Romance.

His career best performance came with his 2015 release Badlapur, directed by Sriram Raghavan. The story of lost love and revenge gripped the audience along with the Varun`s characters` rugged look and he established himself as a serious actor. In the year 2015, Varun Dhawan had two releases - ABCD 2 opposite Shraddha Kapoor, and Dilwale. ABCD 2, a hardcore dance-centric film directed by choreographer Remo D`souza, proved Varun`s prowess as a dancer. Even though the film was not appreciated much by the critics, the actor swayed the audience off with his chiseled body and good looks. The Rohit Shetty directed Dilwale, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan, made a mark with mixed reviews.

Varun Dhawan`s 2016 projects include Dishoom, which is directed by his brother Rohit Dhawan and stars John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Akshaye Khanna. In 2017, the actor featured opposite Alia Bhatt in the romantic comedy film Badrinath Ki Dulhania, which turned out to be a huge blockbuster hit. Varun`s other release in 2017 includes the action comedy film Judwaa 2 in a double role as twins opposite Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu, under the direction of his father David Dhawan. His 2018 release includes Sui Dhaaga - Made In India. His 2020 release includes Street Dancer 3, directed by Remo D`Souza and Coolie No 1 directed by David Dhawan.
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Alia Bhatt
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Kriti Sanon
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Sidharth Malhotra
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Jacqueline Fernandez
Actor
Arjun Kapoor
Actor
Tiger Shroff
Actor
Aditya Roy Kapur
Actor
Family
Natasha Dalal
Spouse
Karuna Dhawan
Mother
David Dhawan
Father
Rohit Dhawan
Brother
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Bawaal
Mr. Lele
Bhediya
JugJugg Jeeyo
Rannbhoomi (Hindi)
Coolie No 1
Street Dancer 3
Kalank
Sui Dhaaga - Made in India
Nawabzaade

Did You Know? (15)

  • Actress Ileana D`Cruz once revealed that Varun Dhawan is obsessed with his hair and spends hours to perfect his look.
  • Before making his debut with Student of the Year, Varun Dhawan worked as an AD to Karan Johar in My Name Is Khan (2010).
  • Varun Dhawan auditioned for a role in Dhobi Ghat, however, his father David Dhawan got him kicked out of the movie.
  • Arjun Kapoor and Varun Dhawan attended acting class with Barry John together before making their respective debuts.
  • For a certain scene in October, director Shoojit Sircar instructed Varun Dhawan to have minimum sleep of an hour or two.
  • While shooting for October, Varun Dhawan used to dress up as a management trainee and asked to get food and clean rooms.
  • Varun Dhawan is the youngest Indian actor to have his statue at the Madame Tussauds Museum in Hong Kong.
  • For October, Varun Dhawan was made to clean toilets, wash dishes, cook, and vacuum by director Shoojit Sircar.
  • For October, Varun Dhawan gave up social media, wearing makeup, acting like a celebrity and reduced phone use.
  • On his father David Dhawan`s 68th birthday, Varun Dhawan stitched a shirt with the skills he learned for Sui Dhaaga.
  • For Sui Dhaaga, Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma learned the craft of sewing and embroidery, respectively.
  • Varun Dhawan rode the cycle for close to 10 hours for a scene in Sui Dhaaga with Anushka Sharma riding pillion.
  • Judwaa 2 marks actor Varun Dhawan's first dual appearance role.
  • When Varun Dhawan was pursuing his management course in England, he worked as a leaflet distributor for nightclubs.
  • In an interview, Varun confessed to not liking his father's films initially but has grown to love and enjoy them.
  • Personal Quotes (10)

  • "Actress Ileana D`Cruz once revealed that Varun Dhawan is obsessed with his hair and spends hours to perfect his look. "
  • "I’ve stopped thinking about my career graph. A lot of people dwell upon the past or keep thinking of the future. I like to live in the present. The same goes with getting married."
  • "Why am I not speaking out about my private life? Because there is too much to speak about. It will overtake my professional life. I am telling you, my private life is very exciting. I know if I reveal something about my private life, then people will be not be interested in my work. I am not a boring person. You know how some people say ‘Oh, I am very boring, there is nothing to talk about my life, It is an open book and all that stuff?’ I am not like that."
  • "Human behavior shocks me, betrayal shocks me. I'm a very loyal person... Basis of every relationship is friendship. So when someone breaks my loyalty, then I change."
  • "I can’t marry an actress. It’s not double standards. I’m not extremely happy with my own lifestyle. It’s not all that healthy. If my better half has the same lifestyle as mine, who will be the architect of the relationship? I need someone stable. I feel most people in this industry are a bit mad."
  • "They know what’s rubbish and they know what’s true. If every week an actor is getting linked with a new actress, they will also know that this is being done to stay in the news. People are interested in what work you are doing. If you are doing a bad job, people want to know about your personal life because there is no work to be interested in."
  • "I don't know if there is such a thing as an ideal girlfriend. I think imperfections make a person perfect, so I think you should learn to love the imperfections in the person you love because those, in fact, become the best qualities."
  • "You have one heart and once you give it away, it's gone. If you wear it on your sleeve, a lot of people are there to take advantage of it. Goodness is something people take advantage of and if you want to remain a good person for long, you should make sure that too many people don't take advantage of you because then you turn bitter. So, a little bit of caution is important."
  • "My aim is to make a relationship with audience. I don't work to impress the industry. I act to impress the audience. If someone from industry praises me, how is it going to benefit me? It's only when the audience likes my film, will it work at the box-office. We work for the audience and not for the industry."
  • "Love is something you need to keep working at. You can't take it for granted."
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