Varun Dhawan was born to filmmaker David Dhawan and Karuna Chopra on April 24, 1987. He has an older brother Rohit Dhawan, who is also a filmmaker and directed Varun in 2016 action-thriller Dishoom, also starring John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez.
In picture: Varun Dhawan with his mom Karuna Chopra
After completing his HSC from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Varun Dhawan went to the Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom to pursue a degree in Business Management. Varun always wanted to be known as a self-made man, and not just a star-kid.
In picture: Varun Dhawan, David Dhawan and Rohit Dhawan.
Talking about his family, Varun Dhawan had told mid-day, "I feel lucky to be born and brought up in a family associated with films. As a child, I remember always wanting to entertain everyone around me, I loved being the centre of attention. Since then, it was a secret desire to be a part of the entertainment industry, as an actor, singer or dance. So it makes me happy to be accepted as a part of the fraternity. I also feel happy for those who make it big in films without a filmy background or connections. We all have to work hard to get our due success."
In picture: Varun Dhawan with his parents
Varun Dhawan made his debut in a leading role with the 2012 film Student of the Year, which was directed by Karan Johar. Interestingly, the film also marked the debuts of Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra, who went on to have individually successful careers like Varun. He has starred in 10 films so far, all of which have been commercially successful.
In picture: (L-R) David Dhawan, Karuna Chopra, Rohit Dhawan, Jaanvi Desai, Varun Dhawan and Anil Dhawan, Varun's uncle. He too is a noted actor known for starring in the films Chetna (1970) and Piya Ka Ghar (1972).
After his debut vehicle, Varun was seen on silver screen straight after two years with father David Dhawan's directorial - Main Tera Hero. While the film was an out-and-out comedy, Varun Dhawan's comic timing was lauded by critics and audiences. Seenu took everyone by surprise as compared to what they saw him as Rohan Nanda in SOTY.
Varun Dhawan's father David Dhawan directed him in two films. Main Tera Hero (2014) which also starred Nargis Fakhri and Ileana D'Cruz and Judwaa 2, in which he shared the screen with Taapsee Pannu and Jacqueline Fernandez. Both films were box-office successes. The latter was a remake of the 1997 Salman Khan-starrer Judwaa, which was also directed by David.
In picture: A collage of Varun Dhawan and his father David Dhawan.
Like the original Judwaa, Varun Dhawan essayed dual roles, playing twins Raja and Prem in the sequel Judwaa 2.
(L-R) Jaanvi Desai, Rohit Dhawan, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal. Varun and Natasha are said to be dating for quite some time now. There have been rumours that they would tie the knot soon. Natasha is often spotted with Varun during family get-togethers and outings.
Buzz is that Varun Dhawan and girlfriend Natasha Dalal are set to enter holy matrimony next year. Though Varun Dhawan has never spoken about his relationship with Natasha Dalal, who is a fashion designer by profession, he has often been spotted with her at dinner and movie dates.
There were rumours that Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal were headed for splitsville. However, Natasha's presence at the actor's housewarming party put all the speculations to rest. Maybe it was just a lover's tiff? In fact, the actor has now become more comfortable in getting clicked with Natasha by the paparazzi. Be it a movie date or a dinner date, he is always at his casual best. Avoiding cameras are a thing of the past now!
(L-R) Karuna Dhawan, Jaanvi Desai, Rohit Dhawan, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Natasha Dalal and David Dhawan during a family dinner. The Kapoors and Dhawans are quite close, with Ranbir often in attendance to any special functions and celebrations.
Varun Dhawan and older brother Rohit Dhawan share a close bond and often spend time together.
Varun Dhawan's brother Rohit Dhawan wed longtime girlfriend Jaanvi Desai in 2012. The couple was blessed with a baby recently.
We take a look at some of his candid pictures with his family!
Varun Dhawan with his daddy dearest David Dhawan.
This collage was made by Varun Dhawan for mother Karuna on Mother's Day, two years ago. Varun captioned it, "Happy Mother's Day Ma. Thank you for being my guiding force for being my God for being my mother (sic)"
This is a fan-made portrait of Varun Dhawan with father David Dhawan. Varun, obviously overwhelmed by the gesture, took to Instagram and wrote, "I get some amazing stuff from my fans but this truly is so beautiful. Something that I shall always value #dad. Thank you (sic)"
Did you know Varun had assisted Karan Johar in the 2010 film My Name Is Khan, which starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in lead roles? Well, that was his real entry into Bollywood.
In picture: Varun Dhawan with his brother Rohit Dhawan on the sets of Dishoom
Varun Dhawan and brother Rohit Dhawan with other family members during a get-together. He posted this on Bhai dooj two years ago. Varun captioned it, "Family time. Im not big on celebrations but I love to hang with my brothers and sisters. Happy Bhai dooj everybody. (sic)."
Varun Dhawan with sister-in-law Jaanvi Desai, mom Karuna Dhawan and dad David Dhawan. Varun captioned this image, "In his entire career I never saw my dad get excited when any of his films won awards.but he was really happy that I won for #dishoom tonight that too for a genre whichis home for my family. Comedy is serious business. Thank you star screen (sic)" Varun won Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role, The Star Screen Award for Best Comedian and Best Performance in a Comic Role at the International Indian Film Academy Awards for his 2016 film Dishoom.
(L-R) Sajid Nadiadwala, Salman Khan, David Dhawan, Taapsee Pannu, Jacqueline Fernandez and Varun Dhawan. Varun captioned the image, "#judwaa2 just got bigger. Shot with my childhood hero @beingsalmankhan. I've grow old but he's definitely the same. Can't wait SEPT 29th (sic)." Judwaa 2 became one of many box-office hits for Varun and the film went on to gross over Rs 200 crore
Varun Dhawan with his mother Karuna Chopra.
Varun Dhawan, who is considered one of today's highly successful and highest paid young actors, is a complete family person. He shares a close-knit bond with his family - his filmmaker father David Dhawan, mom Karuna and brother Rohit. We take a look in pictures...
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