Varun Dhawan is an Indian actor. One of the country’s highest-paid celebrities, he has featured in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list since 2014.
The first eleven films in which he starred were commercially successful, establishing Dhawan in Hindi cinema.
Born to the 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.
He made his acting debut in 2012 in Johar’s teen drama Student of the Year.
He rose to prominence with starring roles in the romantic comedies Main Tera Hero (2014), Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), and Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017); the action comedies Dilwale (2015), Dishoom (2016), and Judwaa 2 (2017); the dance film ABCD 2 (2015); and the drama Sui Dhaaga (2018).
He also received praise for playing an avenger in the crime thriller Badlapur (2015) and an aimless man coping with loss in the drama October (2018).
- Full name: Varun Dhawan
- Profession: Indian actor
- Born: 24 April 1987 (age 32 years), Mumbai, India
- Height: 1.75 m
- Upcoming movie: Coolie No. 1
- Education: H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Nottingham Trent University, Bombay Scottish School, Mahim
- Parents: David Dhawan, Karuna Dhawan
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About Varun Dhawan
Dhawan was born on 24 April 1987 to David Dhawan, a film director, and Karuna Dhawan. His elder brother, Rohit, is a film director, while his uncle, Anil, is an actor.
He completed his HSC education from the H.R. College of Commerce and Economics. Dhawan has a degree in Business Management from the Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom.
Prior to his acting career, Dhawan worked as an assistant director to Karan Johar on his drama My Name Is Khan (2010).
In 2012, Dhawan made his acting debut with Johar’s romantic comedy Student of the Year alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt.
He was confident 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 found Dhawan to be “a talent one can’t help but marvel at” and 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”.
Student of the Year was a success, grossing ₹970 million (US$14 million) worldwide, and Dhawan’s performance earned him a Best Male Debut nomination at Filmfare.
In 2014, Dhawan appeared in two films, the first of which was the romantic comedy Main Tera Hero (2014), a remake of the Telugu film Kandireega, which was produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and directed by his father.
He played Sreenath “Seenu” Prasad, an impetuous brat who is involved in a love triangle between Ileana D’Cruz and Nargis Fakhri.
Raedita Tandon of Filmfare commended Dhawan on his comic timing and compared him favorably to Govinda and Prabhudheva.