Varun Dhawan Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Wife, Family, Images, And More

Varun Dhawan Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Wife, Family, Images, And More

Varun Dhawan (Hindi pronunciation: [dn]; born April 24, 1987) is an Indian actor who works in Hindi films. He has been on Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2014, and is one of India's highest-paid actors. Between 2012 and 2018, he appeared in 11 consecutive box-office hits.
He graduated in business studies from Nottingham Trent University, the son of film director David Dhawan. He began his career as Karan Johar's assistant director in My Name Is Khan (2010), and then made his acting debut in Johar's teen drama Student of the Year in 2012. He rose to prominence 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 (2017). (2018).

Dhawan was also praised for playing an avenger against type in the thriller Badlapur (2015) and an aimless man dealing with loss in the drama October (2018). He starred in Jugjugg Jeeyo and Bhediya after three critical and commercial flops (both 2022).

Early years

Dhawan was born on April 24, 1987, to film director David Dhawan and Karuna Dhawan. His ancestors are Punjabi Hindus. His older brother, Rohit, is a film director best known for his debut film Desi Boyz, and his uncle, Anil, is an actor. He finished his HSC education at the H.R. Commerce and Economics College. He holds a business studies degree from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. Prior to his acting career, he worked as Karan Johar's assistant director on the film My Name Is Khan (2010).


2012-2014: Initial Success

Dhawan made his acting debut in 2012, alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt, in Karan Johar's teen film Student of the Year. He was cast as Rohan Nanda, the adolescent son of a wealthy businessman who competes in an annual school championship with his girlfriend (Bhatt) and best friend (Malhotra). Dhawan was described as "a talent one can't help but marvel at" by Bollywood Hungama's Taran Adarsh, and CNN-Rajeev IBN's 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 commercial success, grossing $1.09 billion (US$14 million) around the world.

Dhawan then starred in the romantic comedy Main Tera Hero (2014), a remake of his father David's Telugu film Kandireega, which was produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and directed by him. He portrayed an impulsive brat caught up in a love triangle. Filmfare's Raedita Tandon praised Dhawan's comic timing and compared him favorably to Govinda and Prabhudheva. The film was a commercial success, grossing 780 million Indian rupees globally.

Dhawan then starred in Shashank Khaitan's romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania as Rakesh, a flirtatious Punjabi boy who has a romantic affair with an engaged Punjabi woman. Johar, who also served as producer on the film, described it as a tribute to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). His screen presence was praised by Rohit Khilnani of India Today, and Nandini Ramnath of Mint noted how much he stood out in the film's "few quieter scenes." Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania was one of the highest-grossing Indian films of the year, grossing $1.11 billion (US$14 million) worldwide.

From 2015 to 2018, he was a well-known actor.

Dhawan starred in Sriram Raghavan's crime thriller Badlapur (2015) as Raghu, a father who takes 15 years to avenge the murder of his wife and son. Dhawan described playing Raghu as a "terrifying" experience, adding that he "fell into depression after a point where it no longer felt like I was acting in a film." His acting range was praised by's Raja Sen, who wrote that he "sheds his easy-breezy charm — but, crucially, not his slightly hapless natural likeability — and bubbles up volcanically, his eyes frequently doing the talking." He received a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance.

Dhawan then starred in ABCD 2 with Shraddha Kapoor, portraying the real-life character of Kings United founder Suresh Mukund, a Mumbai dancer who went on to win the 2012 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. Shilpa Jamkhandikar of Reuters panned the film, calling Dhawan "the film's only asset" and writing that "except for the honest note he strikes, the rest of the film could have been just a bunch of music videos." ABCD 2 grossed $1.67 billion (US$21 million) worldwide, prompting Box Office India to consider the film an emergence of Dhawan's star power.

Dhawan's final film appearance that year was in Rohit Shetty's ensemble action drama Dilwale, co-starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, and Kriti Sanon, in which he played Khan's younger sibling. Despite mixed critical reviews, the film was a commercial success, grossing over 3.75 billion (US$47 million) worldwide, becoming Dhawan's highest-grossing release and one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films. He then starred as a rookie Indo-Emirati cop in Rohit's action comedy Dishoom (2016), alongside John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez. Despite mixed reviews, the film was a box office success, grossing over 1.2 billion (US$15 million) worldwide.

Dhawan re-teamed with Khaitan and Bhatt for the romantic comedy Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017), playing the titular character, a chauvinist fiancé to Bhatt's character. According to Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express, Dhawan "impresses as a boy-struggling-to-be-a-man." Furthermore, according to Tushar Joshi of Daily News and Analysis, "Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt prove that on-screen chemistry can sometimes be enough to keep you engaged in an average plot with a predictable narrative." For the film, he received his second Filmfare nomination for Best Actor. Later that year, he co-starred with Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu in his father's Judwaa 2, a remake of his father's 1997 Salman Khan film Judwaa. Both Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Judwaa 2 were commercial successes, grossing over 2 billion rupees (US$25 million). According to Forbes, Dhawan has established himself as a "bona fide Bollywood superstar" after nine consecutive box office hits and a 100% success ratio.

In 2018, Dhawan had two films released: Shoojit Sircar's drama October and Sharat Katariya's social drama Sui Dhaaga. In October, written by Sircar's frequent collaborator Juhi Chaturvedi, he played Danish Walia, an aimless hotel management trainee whose life is turned upside down when a coworker falls into a coma. Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost praised Dhawan for "effacing his starry swagger and trademark cutesiness to play Dan"; Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times thought it was his best performance to date, writing that "his humour is innate, but his understanding of pain and how it affects human behavior is even better." Dhawan and Anushka Sharma starred as Mauji and Mamta, a newlywed couple in rural India who start their own small-scale clothing business. According to Udita Jhunjunwala of Mint, "Dhawan has perfected the template for playing a simpleton. He brings a similar naiveté to Mauji, albeit endearingly." In October, he received a Filmfare Critics Award nomination for Best Actor.

Career shifts from 2019 to the present

Dhawan's sole film appearance in 2019 was in Abhishek Varman's ensemble period drama Kalank, in which he starred alongside Alia Bhatt once again. The film, set in the 1940s prior to India's partition, starred him as a womanizing blacksmith; despite suffering from a knee injury and hamstring tear, he trained extensively for the part and insisted on performing his own stunts. NDTV's Saibal Chatterjee praised Dhawan's out-of-character performance. Dhawan kicked off the new decade with the dance film Street Dancer 3D (2020), which The Hindu's Namrata Joshi described as a "compilation of indistinguishable performances." Both Kalank and Street Dancer 3D did poorly commercially, causing a setback in his career. He collaborated with his father for the third time in Coolie No. 1, a 2020 remake of Govinda's 1995 film of the same name, which was released online on Amazon Prime Video due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film received a negative critical and public reaction, owing largely to the nepotism controversy sparked by the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express called the film a "zero wit, no flair" flop, noting that Dhawan "channeled Govinda in many of his films much better."

In 2022, Dhawan co-starred in Jugjugg Jeeyo, a comedy-drama about divorce, with Kiara Advani. Monika Rawal Kukreja of the Hindustan Times praised him for "bringing life to a complex character." It grossed $1.35 billion (US$17 million) worldwide, making it one of the year's highest-grossing films. Dhawan starred in Bhediya, the third installment of Dinesh Vijan's horror-comedy universe. The film was shot over a two-month period in various locations throughout Arunachal Pradesh. According to News18's Sonal Dedhia, he's "in full form and is a delight to watch as an egoistic prick-turned-reluctant-werewolf."

Dhawan will next be seen in Nitesh Tiwari's action film Bawaal, starring alongside Janhvi Kapoor. He will also appear in Citadel, an Indian adaptation of the American drama series created by the Russo Brothers and directed by Raj & DK.

Other assignments

Dhawan also performs on stage and has co-hosted two award ceremonies in addition to his acting career. In 2013, he appeared at the Filmfare, Screen, and Stardust award ceremonies, as well as a Hong Kong event. With Sidharth Malhotra and Ayushmann Khurrana, he hosted the 2013 Stardust Awards, as well as a segment of the 59th Filmfare Awards. He was also a co-host for the 20th Screen Awards, alongside Shahrukh Khan and Richa Chadda. In 2013, he performed at a special event with Malhotra, Bhatt, Kapur, Kapoor, and Badlapur co-star Huma Qureshi to raise funds for Uttarakhand flood victims.

Dhawan was named the brand ambassador of FC Goa, a newly formed Indian Super League club, in September 2014. During the COVID-19 pandemic in India, he also donated Rs. 30 lakhs to the PM-CARES Fund of the Government of India.

Personal life and public perception

Dhawan has been on Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2014, reaching the 15th spot in 2018 when the magazine estimated his annual income to be $495.8 million (US$6.2 million) and named him one of the country's highest-paid celebrities. The same year, the Indian edition of GQ named him one of the country's 50 most influential young people, calling him the "most bankable star of his generation."

Dhawan married his long-term girlfriend, fashion designer Natasha Dalal, on January 24, 2021.


See also: List of awards and nominations received by Varun Dhawan


Films that have not yet been releasedDenotes films that have not yet been released


2010My Name Is KhanAssistant director
2012Student of the YearRohan Nanda
2014Main Tera HeroSreenath "Seenu" Prasad
Humpty Sharma Ki DulhaniaRakesh "Humpty" SharmaAlso playback singer for song "Lucky Tu Lucky Me"
2015BadlapurRaghav Purohit
ABCD 2Suresh MukundAlso playback singer for song "Happy Birthday"
DilwaleVeer Bakshi
2016DishoomJunaid Ansari
2017Badrinath Ki DulhaniaBadrinath Bansal
Judwaa 2Raja Malhotra / Prem Malhotra
2018OctoberDanish Walia
NawabzaadeHimselfSpecial appearance in song "High Rated Gabru"
Sui DhaagaMauji Sharma
2019KalankZafar Chaudhary
2020Street Dancer 3DSahej Singh Narula
Coolie No. 1Raju Coolie / Kunwar Raj Pratap Singh
2021Antim: The Final TruthHimselfSpecial appearance in song "Vighnaharta"
2022Jugjugg JeeyoKuldeep "Kuku" Saini
BhediyaBhaskar "Bhediya" Sharma
2023Bawaal daggerTBAPost-production


TBACitadel daggerTBAFilming
Full NameVarun David Dhawan
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 40 Inches
- Waist: 32 Inches
- Biceps: 15 Inches
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
DebutFilm: Student of the Year (2012)
Awards, Honours, AchievementsStardust Awards
2013: Breakthrough Performance (Male) for Student of the Year
2015: Best Actor (Comedy/Romance) for Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania

International Indian Film Academy Awards
2015: Best Performance in a comic role for Main Tera Hero
2017: Best Performance in a comic role for Dishoom
Personal Life
Date of Birth24 April 1987 (Friday)
Age (as of 2022)35 Years
BirthplaceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Zodiac signTaurus
SignatureVarun Dhawan's Signature
HometownMumbai, Maharashtra
SchoolBombay Scottish School, Mumbai
College/UniversityNottingham Trent University, England
Educational QualificationGraduate in Business Management
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Address• A/15, Sagar Darshan, Hanuman Nagar, Off Carter Road, Khar (West), Mumbai
• 201 and 202, Beach Wood House at Oberoi Enclave which is Next To JW Marriot Hotel in Juhu, Mumbai
HobbiesDancing, Swimming and Reading
Controversies• There was a rumour that Sohail Khan slapped Varun Dhawan after an argument, but both denied it.
• There was another rumour that
Karan Johar organised a drug party at his home where many celebs were present including Varun Dhawan. [1]Hindustan Times
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date24 January 2021 (Sunday)
Marriage PlaceAlibaug
Wife/SpouseNatasha Dalal
ParentsFather- David Dhawan, Film Director
Mother- Karuna Dhawan
SiblingsBrother- Rohit Dhawan, Film Director
Sister- None
FoodChicken, Cheesecake and Mishti Doi
Actor(s)Govinda and Dwayne Johnson
Actress(es)Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Angelina Jolie
Film(s)Bollywood- Guide (1965), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Rang De Basanti (2006), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Raja Babu (1994)
Hollywood- American Psycho (2000)
Singer(s)Drake, Sonu Nigam
TV ShowsLate Show with David Letterman, 1993
Colour(s)Red and Black
RestaurantShiv Sagar in Mumbai
DancerMichael Jackson
Travel DestinationsGoa, London and Maldives
Style Quotient
Car Collection• Audi Q7
• Mercedes
Bike Collection• Royal Enfield
• Polaris Sportsman 850 (quad bike)
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)30 crores-35 crores 
Net Worth (approx.)49.58 crores (2018) 

Some Lesser Known Facts About Varun Dhawan

  • Does Varun Dhawan smoke?: No
  • Does Varun Dhawan drink alcohol?: Yes
  • Varun Dhawan is a popular Bollywood actor who was born into a family having strong connections in the Indian film industry. He grew up in Mumbai along with his elder brother Rohit.
  • He is the nephew of the Bollywood actor ‘Anil Dhawan‘.
  • In an interview, Varun revealed that his grandfather used to work at the HSBC bank in Hongkong.
  • Since his childhood, Varun has been a huge fan of wrestling and he idolizes the famous wrestler Dwayne Johnson– ‘The Rock.’ Once, Varun’s fans requested ‘The Rock’ on Twitter to wish Varun on his birthday, which he had accepted and decided to wish Varun on his birthday. It was a great surprise for Varun when he received a birthday wish from Dwayne Johnson.
  • He completed his graduation in Business Administration from London. In college, he participated in acting classes as an extracurricular activity.
  • Reportedly, when he was studying in London, he worked as a leaflet distributor for nightclubs.
  • In an interview, he revealed that before coming into the field of acting, he had tried to get a job in a London-based bank, but he got rejected.
  • Varun made his first public appearance in the talk show ‘Jeena Isi ka Naam Hai,’ where his father was a guest.
  • He worked as an Assistant Director with Karan Johar in the Bollywood movie ‘My Name is Khan’ (2010).
  • He, along with Arjun Kapoor, learned acting from Barry John’s acting school, where they did a short film, ‘White Mountain’.
  • His acting skills in Badlapur (2015) were appreciated both by the critics as well as the public.
  • He loved the acting skills of co-actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Badlapur, and he got inspired by Nawaz to brush up his acting skills.
  • Varun Dhawan has been featured on the cover of many prestigious magazines including the GQ Magazine, which featured him on its cover with the title “most bankable star of his generation.” He is often listed on Forbes highest-paid Indian celebs list.
  • On 30 January 2018, he unveiled his wax statue at Madame Tussauds (Hong Kong). The statue is posing in his iconic step of the song ‘Disco Deewane’. He is one of the youngest stars to get such a statue.
  • In 2018, he learned stitching and embroidery for his movie ‘Sui Dhaga’ with co-star Anushka Sharma. On his father’s birthday, he stitched a shirt and gifted it to him.
  • His Jodi with the actress Alia Bhatt is considered as next generation’s ‘Shah Rukh KhanKajol’ Jodi.
  • Reportedly, he had cut down his fees to half for the movie ‘October’ 2018, directed by Shoojit Sircar: as the budget was low for the film.
  • He is dating his school friend Natasha Dalal for almost a decade, which he confirmed on the show ‘Koffee with Karan 6’. There was also a rumour that he had secretly got engaged to his long-time girlfriend Natasha Dalal. [5]News18
  • In 2018, he welcomed a new member in his family- his niece and shared the news on social media sites.
  • He fell in a Twitter fight with Kangana‘s sister Rangoli for not mentioning Kangana’s name in his tweet after watching the trailer of the film ‘Judgemental Hai Kya.’
  • He shares his birthday with his favourite cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (24 April).
  • Apart from the films, he has also appeared in many TV commercials including Frooti, Skybags and Navratna.
  • He is a gym freak and is inspired by Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • He likes to spend his leisure time with dogs.
  • In 2019, he was paired with Sara Ali Khan, for the movie Coolie No. 1’s remake: directed by David Dhawan.
  • In November 2022, he revealed that he was diagnosed with vestibular hypofunction, a health condition that causes balance issues in people. According to Dhawan, to overcome this health condition, he changed his lifestyle and started practicing yoga and swimming. [6]Hindustan Times

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