David Dhawan (born Rajinder Dhawan on 16 August 1955) is an Indian 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 1996 & dewana Mastana 1997.
David Dhawan was born in Agartala to a Punjabi Hindu family, but brought up in Kanpur where his father, who was a manager in UCO Bank, got transferred. He studied in Christ Church College till Class XII. He then joined Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) for acting, but seeing other actors like Satish Shah and Suresh Oberoi, realised that he can’t act. So he took up editing as an option.
His original name was ‘Rajinder Dhawan’ but when he was growing up, his neighbours, who were Christians, used to lovingly call him ‘David,’ and as time passed, he was known by that nickname and even his parents stopped calling him by his real name. When he got through Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), it was his father who surprisingly asked him to get his name officially changed to ‘David’ from ‘Rajinder’ reasoning that he had grown up with the name and it had become a part of his identity.
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 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.
|Aag Ka Gola|
|1992||Shola Aur Shabnam|
|Bol Radha Bol|
|Eena Meena Deeka|
|Coolie No. 1|
|Saajan Chale Sasural|
|1997||Mr and Mrs Khiladi|
|Hero No. 1|
|Bade Miyan Chote Miyan|
|Haseena Maan Jaayegi|
|2000||Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge|
|Chal Mere Bhai|
|Kyo Kii… Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta|
|2002||Chor Machaaye Shor|
|Yeh Hai Jalwa|
|Hum Kisise Kum Nahin|
|2003||Ek Aur Ek Gyarah|
|2004||Mujhse Shaadi Karogi|
|2005||Shaadi No. 1|
|Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya|
|2009||Do Knot Disturb|
|2014||Main Tera Hero|
|2019||biwi no 2|
|1994||Aankhen||Filmfare Awards||Filmfare Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|2000||Biwi No.1||Filmfare Awards||Filmfare Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|Filmfare Award for Best Film||Nominated|
|2005||Mujhse Shaadi Karogi||International Indian Film Academy Awards||IIFA Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|2014||Main Tera Hero||Stardust Awards||Stardust Award for Dream Director||Nominated|
|BIG Star Entertainment Awards||BIG Star Most Entertaining Comedy Film||Won|