Anil Dhawan

Anil Dhawan is an Indian film and television actor, most known for his debut film, Chetna (1970) and Piya Ka Ghar (1972).[1][2]

Anil Dhawan
Dhawan in 2009
Born (1935-11-27) 27 November 1935
Notable work
Piya Ka Ghar
Spouse(s)Rashmi Anil Dhawan
RelativesSee Dhawan family

He is remembered on the silver screen for the song "Yeh Jeevan Hai" in the movie Piya Ka Ghar (1972) with actress Jaya Bhaduri. The music was composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and sung by Kishore Kumar.[3]

He worked in a string of unconventional movies between late 1960s and early 1970s, which perhaps would have been better appreciated in some other era, such as Chetna, Yauwan, Piya Ka Ghar and Annadata.

Now turned activist, Dhawan was part of Anna Hazare camp in his crusade against corruption in Indian public life.[4]

Early life

He belongs to Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. His father, Mr. Madan Lal Dhawan, was AGM in UCO Bank, who came to India from Peshawar, Pakistan in around 1947. He did High School from ST Francis Xavier's School, Kanpur and graduated from Christ Church College, Kanpur and later obtained a diploma in acting from FTII, Pune in the same batch as Jaya Bhaduri. His son is actor Siddharth Dhawan. Director David Dhawan is his brother, another director Rohit Dhawan and actor Varun Dhawan are his nephews.[1][5] Anil Dhawan has two grand children—granddaughter Anjini and grandson Karan from his son Siddharth.[6]


He joined Film and Television Institute of India as he wanted to become an actor .[7][8] He entered Bollywood in the '70s. His first film was B. R. Ishara's Chetna (1970). He worked with rising actor Aditya Pancholi in the television movie Sone Ka Pinjra (1986). Actress/director Asha Parekh directed him in the television serial, Kora Kagaz in the 1990s.[9] He was junior to actor Navin Nischol in FTII.[10]

In 2011, Anil Dhawan secured pivotal role in Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki on Life OK, starring opposite Aruna Irani.[11]

On his adoration of actress/director Asha Parekh, who directed him in the television serial Kora Kogaz in the 1990s: "I have been a great fan of hers. When I joined the industry in the '70s, she was doing her last film as a heroine, Heera (1973). I would hop over to wherever she would be shooting and gawk at her."[12]

He is also working as an actor in the TV Serial Roop - Mard Ka Naya Swaroop on Colors TV Channel.




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  3. "Anil Dhawan". 22 July 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. "Veteran Actor Anil Dhawan Speaks About Anna Hajare @ Independence Day". 15 May 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  5. Rajiv Vijayakar (26 July 2012). "Numero Unos: A Survey Of The Top Hit Films - Part 5: Whizkid directors". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  6. "Siddharth Dhawan : Biography". Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  7. Vijay Lokapally (2 August 2012). "Spreading Chetna!". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  8. "Anil Dhawan – Memories". 22 July 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  9. "Anil Dhawan Biography, Anil Dhawan Profile - Filmibeat". Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  10. "You are here". 30 April 2006. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  11. "TV News". Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  12. "Anil Dhawan : Biography". Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  13. "Preview". Screen. January 1999. Archived from the original on 4 November 1999. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
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