Varun Dhawan (born 24 April 1987) 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.
Dhawan established himself with starring roles in the romantic comedies Main Tera Hero (2014) and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), the action comedies Dilwale (2015), Dishoom (2016), and Judwaa 2 (2017), the dance film ABCD 2 (2015), and the social drama Sui Dhaaga (2018). He received critical acclaim for playing an avenger in the crime thriller Badlapur (2015), a chauvinistic man in the romantic comedy Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017), and an aimless man coping with loss in the drama October (2018).