David Dhawan is an Indian film director who works in Bollywood films. He was born in Agartala, Tripura, India on 16 August 1955. His father was a manager in UCO Bank so they transferred to Kanpur from hid birth place Agartala. He studied at the Christ Church College till Class XII. He then joined Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) for acting, but he realized that he can’t act by seeing other actors like Satish Shah and Suresh Oberoi. So he took up editing as an option.
David Dhawan started his career as an editor before stepping into directing. His first directorial movie was Taaqatwar in 1989 teamed with Govinda. In the debut year he released two more films Gola Barood and Aag Ka Gola. The following year he released two films Swarg and Aandhiyan. His only release of 1991 was Jurrat. In 1992 he directed the films Shola Aur ShabnamBol and Radha Bol. His first break throw film was released in 1994 and the name was Aankhen starred with Govinda. The film was critically acclaimed gaining big commercial success. He was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Director. He released Coolie No. 1 in 1995 starring Karisma Kapoor, Govinda, Shakti Kapoor. It was another biggest success of him.
The film was a Blockbuster hit at the box office receiving him mostly positive reviews. In 1997 he directed several successful films such as Mr and Mrs Khiladi, Judwaa, Deewana Mastana. He released successful films Gharwali Bharwali and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan in 1998. In the following year he released biwi no.1 starring Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen. The film was a huge commercial and critical success. The film was well received by the audiences and earned him several nominations including Filmfare Award for Best Director and Filmfare Award for Best Film. In 2001 she released Jodi no.1 which was also a success. He directed the one of the most successful films Mujhse Shaadi Karogi in 2004 starring salman khan, pryanka chopra and akshay kumar. The film was a major commercial success, being the third highest grossing Bollywood film of the year.
The film was nominated for three Filmfare Awards and thirteen nominations at the IIFA Awards including the best director category. In 2005 he directed two successful films Shaadi No. 1 and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya. His only release of 2007 was the romantic comedy Partner starring Salman khan, Katrina kaif, Govinda and Lara Dutt. The film was also a huge commercial success. In 2014 he collaborated with his son varun Dhawan in the film Main Tera Hero. The film was well received by the film critics and the audiences. The film received several awards and nomination winning BIG Star Most Entertaining Comedy Film.
David Dhawan’s directorial most of the films are of comedy genre. He directed 17 films collaborating with Govinda. He is married to Karuna dhawan and has two sons Rohit Dhawan and Varun Dhawan.
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