David Dhawan Birthday Special: 45 films in 30 years, how David became Director no. 1

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Published by Amrit Santlani on 14 Aug 2019

With the first look posters released, Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan starrer Coolie No. 1, official adaptation of Govinda-Karisma Kapoor’s cult with the same name, is trending hot amongst the movie buffs. What’s so special about the movie is that it marks the 45th outing by renowned director David Dhawan.

Known for his entertainers like Shola Aur Shabnam, Judwaa, Biwi No.1 and Partner, David Dhawan is also amongst those rare filmmakers who also successfully strike the chord with the millennials by giving successes like Main Tera Hero and Judwaa 2. Today the director celebrates his 64th birthday.

As the filmmaker has achieved a milestone of backing 45 films as a director, let’s take a look at his entire filmography and how it fared at the box office.

David began his directorial career with Taaqatwar (1989) but the film wasn’t a commercial success. His next two outings Gola Barood (1989) and Aag Ka Gola (1989) were also flops but then came Swarg (1990) which gave David his first hit films at the Box Office.

His next films Aandhiyan (1990) and Jurrat (1991) weren’t much successful but then he struck gold with his next four outings, namely, Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), Bol Radha Bol (1992), Aankhen (1993) and Raja Babu (1994), all of which were loved and admired by the audiences and critics alike.

Then again, films like Eena Meena Deeka (1994), Andaz (1994) and Yaraana (1995) all flopped at the Box Office collecting a paltry sum of just under 15 crores combined.

Since then, before the year 2000, David helmed various films successful like Coolie No.1 (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Mr And Mrs Khiladi (1997), Judwaa (1997), Deewana Mastana (1997), Hero No.1 (1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), Biwi No.1 (1999), Haseena Maan Jayegi (1999), Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (2000).


Whereas in the same period, some of his films like Loafer (1996), Banarasi Babu (1997), Gharwali Baharwali (1998), Kunwara (2000), and Chal Mere Bhai (2000) failed to strike a chord with the audiences.

In the next 20 years, David up came with commercial successes like Jodi No.1 (2001), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005), Partner (2007), Chashme Baddoor (2013), Main Tera Hero (2014), and Judwaa 2 (2017).

In the same period, Kyo Kii…Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta (2001), Chor Machaaye Shor (2002), Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002), Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (2002), Ek Aur EK Gyarah (2003), Hook Ya Crook (2009), Shaadi No.1 (2005), Do Knot Disturb (2009), and Rascals (2011) all failed at the Box Office.

David’s next offering Coolie no. 1 starring his son Varun and Sara Ali Khan has recently gone to floors. No release date has been scheduled as of yet.

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