David Dhawan is an Indian film director. His real name is Rajinder Dhawan. His brother is actor Anil Dhawan. He has studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
He specialises in directing comedy films (most of which feature either Govinda, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor or Sanjay Dutt in lead roles with some having a combination) along with Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor and Juhi Chawla frequently playing the leading actresses. Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor and Paresh Rawal frequently feature in his comedy films playing supporting roles. His biggest blockbuster success till date is the 1993 film Aankhen starring Govinda and Chunkey Pandey. His most recent film Partner, has also proven to be a huge hit at the box office. He started of as an editor and then took the plunge into direction. He is considered one of the most successful directors in Bollywood. But he has many times been blamed for copying hollywood and south indian movies. He once had two of his movies release on the same date and both did good business. He is married to Karuna Dhawan and has two children, Rohit and Varun. Rohit plans to become a director, while Dhawan plans to launch his younger son as an actor.