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Varun Dhawan could have once broken Rajesh Khanna's record: Gave 11 consecutive hit films, debated on nepotism and also faced boycott


12 minutes agoAuthor: Akash Khare

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Today is Varun Dhawan's 37th birthday. Varun, son of famous film director David Dhawan, had given 11 consecutive hit films in the first 6 years of his career.

He could have broken Rajesh Khanna's record of 17 consecutive hit films, but after the film 'Kalank', his career went on the back seat.

Filmmaker Karan Johar has been Varun's godfather in the industry and the Boycott NapoKids campaign started after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput also had an impact on Varun's career.

Varun, who once gave 11 consecutive hit films, four out of his last six films have been flops. Know stories related to the actor's career and personal life.

Varun with elder brother Rohit Dhawan in this childhood picture.

Varun with elder brother Rohit Dhawan in this childhood picture.

Varun wanted to become a wrestler, Govinda-Salman were favorites
Varun Dhawan, born on 24 April 1987 to famous film director David Dhawan, may be one of the successful actors of Bollywood today, but in his childhood, Varun wanted to become a wrestler. He loved wrestling. However, there was a filmy atmosphere in the house and stars kept coming and going.

He was also a big fan of Govinda and Salman Khan. His father had worked in about 18 films with Govinda and 8 films with Salman in his career. In such a situation, Varun has also spent a lot of time with Govinda and Salman in his childhood.

After completing college, Varun returned to the country and decided to make a career in films.

After completing college, Varun returned to the country and decided to make a career in films.

Varun is a graduate in Business Studies from Nottingham University.
After completing his primary studies from Mumbai, Varun completed his graduation in Business Studies from Nottingham University. After this, when he returned to India, he thought of making a career in the film industry.

Despite being the son of such a big director, Varun did not take any help from his father. He himself wanted to move forward by learning the nuances of filmmaking.

Varun started his career as an assistant director with Shahrukh starrer 'My Name is Khan'.

Varun started his career as an assistant director with Shahrukh starrer 'My Name is Khan'.

Karan Johar is a mentor, does one of his films every 3 years
Varun Dhawan has a deep relationship with filmmaker Karan Johar. Karan has been Varun's mentor. Varun started his career as an assistant director with Karan Johar's film 'My Name is Khan', released in 2010.

After this, in 2012, Karan launched Varun as an actor in the industry with his film 'Student of the Year'. This film was a superhit and since then Varun has done 5 films with Karan in his career. He works in a Karan Johar film every 3 years.

Varun has so far worked with Karan on films like 'Student of the Year', 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania', 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania', 'Kalank' and 'Jugjug Jio'.

Varun has so far worked with Karan on films like 'Student of the Year', 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania', 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania', 'Kalank' and 'Jugjug Jio'.

Equaled Shahrukh's record by giving 11 consecutive hit films.
Varun gave 11 consecutive hit films in the first 6 years of his career from 2012 to 2018. There was a time when he was compared with superstars like Rajesh Khanna, who had given 17 consecutive hit films in his career.

Even before Varun could break his record, his career took a back seat with Karan Johar's film 'Kalank'. Even though Varun could not break Rajesh Khanna's record, he definitely equaled Shahrukh Khan's record of 11 consecutive hit films.

'Kalank' became the first flop film, also faced boycott
The multi-starrer film 'Kalank' released in 2019 became the first flop of Varun's career. After this, after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in the year 2020, Karan Johar, who was Varun's godfather in the industry, was accused of promoting nepotism. The Boycott Napo Kids campaign that went on during that period also had a negative impact on Varun's career.

Apart from Varun, actors like Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sonakshi Sinha were also seen in the multi-starrer film 'Kalank'.

Apart from Varun, actors like Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sonakshi Sinha were also seen in the multi-starrer film 'Kalank'.

17 films in 12 years out of which 13 were hits
Out of the last 6 films of Varun's career, four films have been flops. Overall, Varun has worked in 17 films in his 12-year career, out of which 13 have been hits.

Meanwhile, the actor's two films 'Coolie No. 1' and 'Bawal' were released on OTT and both were flops.

Father made 17 remake films, Varun is working on the fourth remake
These days Varun is working on the film 'Baby John' which is being directed by Atlee. It is a remake of Vijay starrer South film 'Theri'. Before this, Varun has done 3 remake films in his career, out of which 2 films 'Main Tera Hero' and 'Judwaa 2' were hits.

  • 'Main Tera Hero', released in 2012, was a remake of the Telugu film 'Kandiriga'.
  • 'Judwaa 2', released in 2017, was the remake of Salman Khan's 'Judwaa' released in 1997.
  • Varun's film 'Coolie No. 1', released in 2020, was also a remake of Govinda's hit film of the same name released in 1995.

However, Varun's father David Dhawan has been quite ahead in this matter. He made about 44 films in his career. Of these, 17 films were remakes of South or Hollywood films. There were 12 films whose stories were inspired by other films.

Varun with father David Dhawan.  Both have worked together on films like 'Main Tera Hero', 'Judwaa 2' and 'Coolie No. 1'.  All three were remakes.

Varun with father David Dhawan. Both have worked together on films like 'Main Tera Hero', 'Judwaa 2' and 'Coolie No. 1'. All three were remakes.

Got many nominations but no big award
Varun has received 5 Filmfare nominations in his career so far. Received Best Male Debut nomination for 'Student of the Year' in 2012. Received Best Actor nomination for 'Badlapur' in 2015 and 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' in 2017. Apart from this, he has also received Best Actor Critics nomination for 'October' in 2018 and 'Bhediya' in 2022. However, he never received any major award.

In the family, brother is director and uncle is actor.
Apart from father David Dhawan, Varun's brother Rohit Dhawan and uncle Anil Dhawan are also associated with Bollywood. Where Rohit has been the director of films like 'Desi Boyz', 'Dishoom' and 'Shehzada'.

Anil Dhawan has been a famous actor of yesteryear. He has given hit films like 'Piya Ka Ghar', 'Chetna' and 'Andhadhun' in his career.

Varun and Natasha were childhood friends.  Natasha had rejected Varun's proposal 4 times.

Varun and Natasha were childhood friends. Natasha had rejected Varun's proposal 4 times.

Married to Natasha Dalal after being rejected 4 times
In personal life, Varun married his childhood friend and long time girlfriend Natasha Dalal on 24 January 2021. Varun and Natasha were classmates since childhood. Varun had told in an interview that he first felt love for Natasha while playing basketball in 12th class.

He proposed Natasha four times but every time his proposal was rejected. However, seeing Varun's true love and efforts, Natasha agreed. Both of them got married in 2021. Both are going to become parents soon.

Varun and Natasha had announced by sharing this photo in February this year that they were going to become parents.  The couple recently hosted a baby shower party at their home.

Varun and Natasha had announced by sharing this photo in February this year that they were going to become parents. The couple recently hosted a baby shower party at their home.

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