Varun Dhawan, is an Indian actor who began his journey in the film industry as an assistant director to Karan Johar for ‘My Name is Khan’ (2010). A graduate of Nottingham Trent University, he made his acting debut with Johar’s 2012 romantic comedy ‘Student of the Year’. Movies like ‘Main Tera Hero’ and ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ made him popular due to his brilliant comic timing, while ‘Badlapur’ and ‘ABCD2’ showed the other side of his talent.
Varun Dhawan Early Life
Varun Dhawan was born to Bollywood director David Dhawan and Karuna Dhawan in Mumbai. Before starting out as an actor in Bollywood, Varun served as the assistant director to Karan Johar in the film ‘My Name Is Khan’ which starred Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, who eventually appeared together with Varun in the film ‘Dilwale’ directed by Rohit Shetty.
Varun Dhawan Family
Varun Dhawan Family Father
Varun Dhawan is the son of the famous Bollywood director David Dhawan and Karuna Dhawan. His brother Rohit Dhawan is also a director and his uncle Anil Dhawan is a Bollywood actor. Varun is also related to Manish Malhotra, one of the Top Fashion Designers in Bollywood, as he is his mother’s cousin, making Varun his nephew. Together, Varun and David Dhawan are one of the most successful Father-Son Jodi’s of Bollywood.
Varun Dhawan Career
After working as an assistant director in ‘My Name Is Khan’ under Karan Johar, he made his acting debut in the year 2012 with the Karan Johar directorial ‘Student Of The Year’ which also marked the debut of Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra. The film was a commercial success, getting 9 Award nominations and Varun’s performance stood out amongst critics.
In 2014, he starred in the film ‘Main Tera Hero’ which was directed by his father David Dhawan and starred Ileana D’Cruz and Nargis Fakhri. This film was a remake of the Telugu film ‘Kandireega’ which featured Ram and Hansika Motwani in the lead roles. The film was a commercial success and Varun’s talent was compared to that of Govinda and Prabhudeva.
He then went on to star in the Shashank Khaitan directorial ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ with Alia Bhatt and produced by Karan Johar who described this film as a tribute to ‘DIlwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge’. This film became one of the highest grossing films of Bollywood of that year and the critics praised the chemistry between Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt.
After doing romantic comedies, Varun acted in the crime thriller directed by Sriram Raghavan titled ‘Badlapur’ which was apparently based on a true story, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The preparation for this film was a terrifying experience for Varun as he slipped into depression due to its dark tone. He was nominated for the Filmfare Award For Best Actor for his performance.
Varun then appeared alongside Shraddha Kapoor in the blockbuster film ‘ABCD 2’ which was a sequel to ‘ABCD: Any Body Can Dance’, which had superhit chartbuster songs and commendable dance performances. The film was criticized but became a commercial success and established Varun as one of the best dancers in Bollywood. He then starred in Rohit Shetty’s ‘Dilwale’ as a part of an ensemble cast featuring Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Kriti Sanon. Despite negative reviews, the film went on to become one of the most commercially successful films in the history of Bollywood.
He then appeared in ‘Dishoom’ directed by his brother Rohit Dhawan in the year 2016 alongside John Abraham which was a commercial success. This film also had a special appearance by Akshay Kumar, who had worked with Rohit and John in the film 'Desi Boyz'. Varun's first film of the year 2017 was ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ which was the second installment in the ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ franchise and his third film with Alia Bhatt. The movie became one of the biggest hits in his career and a hattrick hit with Alia Bhatt.
In September of 2017, he starred in his father’s film for the second time with ‘Judwaa 2’ alongside Tapsee Pannu and Jacqueline Fernandez, which served as a sequel to the 1997 hit film ‘Judwaa’ starring Salman Khan.
Varun Dhawan's Films That Made It To The 100 Crore Club
Film Year Of Release Box Office Collection ABCD 2 2015 105 Crore (approximately) Dilwale 2015 148 Crore (approximately) Badrinath Ki Dulhania 2017 115 Crore (approximately) Judwaa 2 2017 102.33 Crore (approximately)
Award Shows and Hosting
Besides acting in films, Varun has also hosted a bunch of award shows. He performed at the Filmfare, Stardust and Screen Awards in the year 2013 and co-hosted the Stardust Awards with Sidharth Malhotra and Ayushmann Khurrana. He also hosted the 20th Screen Awards along with Shahrukh Khan and Richa Chaddha in 2014.
Varun Dhawan Awards
Varun Dhawan made his debut in the year 2012 and won his first best actor award in the year 2014. Apart from winning, Varun has also hosted and performed at a bunch of Award Functions. Here is a list of the awards he has won till date:
Year Film Category Award Name 2014 Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Best Actor Comedy/Romance Stardust 2015 Main Tera Hero Best Actor In a Comic Role Star Guild Awards 2015 Main Tera Hero Best Performance in a comic role IIFA 2016 Badlapur Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller film Big Star Awards 2016 Badlapur Most Entertaining Actor in an Action Film Big Star Awards
Varun Dhawan Favourites
Varun Dhawan Favourites Food Nandos Chicken, Cheesecake, Mishti Doi Actor Govinda, Dwayne Johnson, Preity Zinta, Angelina Jolie, Priyanka Chopra Movie Rang De Basanti, Guide, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Raja Babu Holiday Spot Maldives, UAE
Varun Dhawan is a huge fan of bikes and cars and has a collection that includes an Audi Q7, a Royal Enfield and a Polaris Sportsman 850
Varun Dhawan Education
Varun is one of the most highly educated actors having studied at the Bombay Scottish School, he scored 82% in his 10th started and completed his HSC education from the H.R. College of Commerce and Economics. He then moved to the United Kingdom to get a degree in Business Management from the Nottingham Trent University. During this time, he was a leaflet distributor for nightclubs to make some extra money.
After his return to India, Varun learned Acting Skills at the Barry John’s Acting School with Arjun Kapoor where they did a short film called 'White Mountain' together.
Varun Dhawan Endorsements
Varun Dhawan has endorsed a number of brands in his career, but his first ad as a child was an advertisement for Bournvita.
After becoming a successful name in Bollywood, Varun became the face of brands like Skybags, Pond's Men, Phillips India, Mazaa, WeChat, etc.
Varun Dhawan Trivia & Facts
- His father gave him the nickname Pappu
- Is a huge Fan of Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who wished Varun on his birthday after his fans requested him on twitter
- Loves Eating Chicken
- Shares his birthday with his favorite sportsman ‘Sachin Tendulkar’
- Dream role is that of a Soldier
- Avoids Sugar and Alcohol due the history of obesity and diabetes in his family
Varun Dhawan Affairs
Varun Dhawan has been the subject of many affairs and linkups ever since he made his debut in the Hindi film Industry, some of which he denied and some of which he openly accepted. Let's take a look at some of these :
Alia and Varun made their debut in Bollywood together with the film 'Student Of The Year' in the year 2012 and there have been rumors surrounding the pair ever since. To this, Varun in an interview said that he and Alia are good friends and they enjoy working together just as the audience enjoys watching them on the screen.
In 2016, while shooting for 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' in Singapore, there was again a buzz that Varun and Alia are dating which bothered Alia Bhatt very much as she was conscious about pairing up with the actor for the third time.
Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal started dating even before Varun became an actor and are quite often seen together at various events. Varun admitted to being in this relationship in an interview with Filmfare magazine but refused to speak about his private life.
Varun Dhawan Controversies
Varun Dhawan came into controversy with Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan at the IIFA Awards Ceremony 2017 after they chanted “Nepotism Rocks” on stage and received huge backlash on Twitter. Varun Dhawan took to the micro-blogging site to apologize for this act.
I express my apology and regret .. I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act..— Varun PREM Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 18, 2017
Varun Dhawan Social Profiles
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