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Varun Dhawan

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Born on April 24, 1987, Varun Dhawan is an Indian actor working in Hindi cinema. One of the highest-paid celebrities in the United States, he has been on Forbes India's Celebrity 100 since 2014. Born to film director David Dhawan, studied business administration at Nottingham Trent University and then worked as assistant director to Karan Johar. 2010 drama My name is Khan.

Dhawan made his acting debut in 2012 as Johar's Top 10 Drama Student of the Year. He gained fame for starring in the romantic comedies Main Tera Hero (2014), Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), and Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017). Action comedy Dilwale (2015), Dishoom (2016), Judwaa 2 (2017) Dance film ABCD 2 (2015); And the drama Sui Dhaaga (2018). He also played the role of Avenger in the crime thriller Badlapur (2015) and was praised as a purposeless man coping with defeat in the drama October (2018).

In 2012, Dhawan made his acting debut as Johar's Romantic Comedy Student of the Year with Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt. He was confident as Rohan Nanda, the teenage son of a wealthy businessman who competed with his girlfriend (as Bhatt) and best friend (as Malhotra) to win the annual school title. Bollywood Hungama's film critic Taran Adarsh ​​learned that Dhawan is "an unavoidable talent," and CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand added: "It's Varun Dhawan who can handle both striking and comical with a confident and engaging turn. An easily vulnerable scene". Student of the Year was a success, earning $970 million ($14 million) worldwide, and Dawan's performance made him nominated for best male debut at Filmfare.

Varun Dhawan reunited with Khaitan and Bhatt for the romantic comedy Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) and played the chauvinist fiancĂ© of the Bhatt character. Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express wrote that Dhawan was "impressive as a boy struggling to become a man." In addition, Daily News and Analysis's Tushar Joshi said, "Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt prove that screen chemistry is enough to participate in average plots with sometimes predictable narratives." Dhawan was nominated for a second Best Actor for a film on Filmfare. At the end of 2017, he starred alongside Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu in his father's comedy film Judwaa 2, a reboot of the 1997 comedy film Judwaa. Both Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Judwaa 2 were commercially successful, each generating more than $2 billion (US$28 million) in revenue. Forbes announced that Dhawan has established itself as a “real Bollywood superstar” with a box office success rate and a 100% success rate for nine consecutive times.

Varun Dhawan was born on April 24, 1987 to film directors David Dhawan and Karuna Dhawan. His older brother Rohit is a film director, and his uncle Anil is an actor. He was H.R. Completed HSC training at the College of Commerce and Economics. Dhawan holds a degree in business administration from Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Prior to his acting career, Dhawan worked as an assistant director for Karan Johar in the film My Name Is Khan (2010).

As of 2020, Dhawan has a romantic relationship with designer Natasha Dalal, whom he attended school.

Dhawan was next starred opposite Shraddha Kapoor in the sequel to the dance film ABCD: Any Body Can Dance. It plays the real character of Suresh Mukund, a dancer from Mumbai who won the 2012 World Hip-Hop Dance title under Disney's ABCD 2. championship. Reuters critic Shilpa Jamkhandikar, criticizing the film, found Dhawan to be the film's only asset and wrote that "except for the frank words he hits, the rest of the film could have been a bunch of music videos." ABCD 2 has earned $1.57 billion worldwide. The commercial performance of the film made Box Office India regard it as the emergence of Dhawan's star power. His last appearance that year was co-starred by Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Kriti Sanon in Rohit Shetty's ensemble action drama Dilwale, and played the brother of Khan's character. Despite negative reviews from critics, the film was a commercial success, with a total revenue of over $3.75 billion (US$53 million) and emerged as one of Dhawan's highest-grossing releases and highest-grossing Bollywood films. I did. He next starred in the action police comedy Dishoom (2016) directed by his brother Rohit, along with John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez. Despite staggered reviews, the film succeeded in generating more than $1.2 billion ($17 million) at the box office.

Varun Dhawan has been on Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2014, and ranked 15th in 2018, where the magazine estimated his annual income at $495.8 million ($7 million USD) and put him on the country. That same year, GQ's Indian edition ranked him as one of the 50 most influential young people in the United States and labeled him as "the most paying star of its generation."

Varun Dawan is starring in the comedy Cooley No. 1, adapted from his father's movie of the same name in 1995, and is co-starring Sarah Ali Khan and is expected to release in December 2020. He also collaborated with Raghavan for the second time to conduct electrification. Military officer Arun Khetarpal in the film Ekkis.

Subsequently, Dhawan played Rakesh "Humpty" Sharma, a Punjabi boy who has a romantic relationship with an engaged woman in Shashank Khaitan's romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Co-starring Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Shukla, the film was described by Johar, who worked as a producer, as a tribute to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). India Today's Rohit Khilnani praised Dhawan's presence on the screen, and Mint's Nandini Ramnath mentioned how striking he stands out in the film's "Silent Scene". Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania has emerged as one of the highest-grossing Indian works of the year, with a global revenue of $1.11 billion (US$16 million).

In 2018, Dhawan released two of Shujit Sircar's drama October and Sharat Katariya's social affairs film Sui Dhaaga. In the former, he played Dan, an aimless hotel management trainee who goes through a series of changes when a colleague goes into a coma. In a very positive review, Firstpost's Anna M. M. Vetticad praised Dhawan as "expressing his starry bluff and trademark cuteness when playing Dan." Hindustan Times' Rohit Vats thinks this is his best performance to date, and writes, "His humor is innate, but his understanding of pain and its impact on human behavior is much better." In Sui Dhaaga, Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma starred as Mauji and Mamta, newlyweds in rural India who started a small clothing business. Mint's Udita Jhunjunwala said, "Dhawan has done a template for playing simple tones. He's adorable, but brought a similar naivety to Mauji." In October, he was nominated for the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.

In 2014, Dhawan starred in two films, the first of which was Main Tera Hero (2014), a romantic comedy remake of the Telugu movie Kandireega, produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and directed by his father. He played Sreenath "Seenu" Prasad, the impatient guy involved in the triangle between Ileana D'Cruz and Nargis Fakhri. Filmfare's Raedita Tandon praised Dhawan for the timing of his comics and compared him favorably to Govinda and Prabhudheva.

Along with his acting career, Varun Dhawan performed on stage and co-hosted two awards ceremonies. In 2013, he performed at the Filmfare, Screen and Stardust awards ceremony and at events held in Hong Kong. He hosted part of the 2013 Stardust Awards awards ceremony and 59th Filmfare Awards with Sidharth Malhotra and Ayushmann Khurrana. He was also part of the 20th Screen Awards co-hosting the show with Shahrukh Khan and Richa Chadda. In 2013, Dhawan worked with Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor and Huma Qureshi to raise funds for flood victims in Uttarakhand at a special event. He also donated Rs. 30 Lakhs to the PM-CARES fund of the Indian government during the COVID-19 pandemic in India.

The crime thriller Badlapur (2015) directed by Sriram Raghavan saw Varun Dhawan play a man who avenges the murder of his wife and son for 15 years. Depicting the character was a "fearing" experience for Dhawan. “I later fell into depression as if I didn't feel like I was acting in a movie,” Dhawan said. Rediff.com's Raja Sen praised Varun Dhawan's range of acting: "It takes off his neat charm, but it's definitely not his slightly unfortunate natural likability, and his eyes are talking often." He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Performance.

Varun Dhawan's only screen appearance in 2019 was in the ensemble period drama Kalank by Abhishek Varman, who once again paired up with Bhatt. A film set in the 1940s before the division of India portrayed him as a blacksmith. For the physical needs of the parts, he trained extensively despite suffering from knee injuries and hamstring ruptures and insisted on his own stunts. Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV dubbed this "the most satisfying role in his career," wrote "Varun Dhawan goes far beyond his comfort zone and exudes passion while consistently hitting the right notes." He started a new decade by reuniting with Kapoor in the dance movie Street Dancer 3D (2020), which The Hindu's Namrata Joshi called the "Indistinguishable Collection of Performances". Both movies didn't work well commercially.

From November 2020, Dhawan will start shooting 4 films. A horror comedy Bhediya directed by Amar Kaushik, opposite Shraddha Kapoor; Then Sanki is the action film of Sajid Nadiadwala, and Ekkis is the biography of the war hero Arjun Kheterpal.

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