On David Dhawan’s 71st birthday, let’s remember the time he talked about his father in an old interview.

Filmmaker David Dhawan turned 71 on Tuesday. David, who has directed more than 42 films in his career, once talked about his family in an old interview. David said he struggled for 10 years before making it big in the industry. He also said that his father was a “poor” man. Also read: Varun Dhawan talks about working during father David Dhawan’s illness: ‘He always wants me to fulfill my obligations’

During a media interaction in 2017 while promoting his son Varun Dhawan’s movie Judwaa 2, David talked about nepotism in the industry. He said: “It’s easier for an industry guy to get opportunities, but in the end you need the talent to survive. Besides, we’re all outsiders. I struggled for 10 years before my movies started making money. Sajid too , had bad times until ‘Jeet’ and ‘Judwaa’ happened. Let me tell you, I didn’t help my sons Rohit or Varun professionally. I heard from a third person that Rohit is making a movie. Same with Varun – he won’t take my help. Karan Johar came to my house to inform me that Varun will be launched in his movie. Rohit and I were surprised that he would become a hero.”

“If Varun didn’t have to endure the kind of struggles I did, yeh uska muqaddar hai. The difference is that I had a poor father, Rohit and Varun a rich father (laughs). Sure, karan ki movie ho gayi isliye, varna mujhe usse launch karna hi padta. I am his father after all. But he was destined to make it on his own.”

David started his career as an editor in 1984 movie Saraansh. Later he directed movies like Swarg, Shola Aur Shabnam, Bol Radha Bol, Raja Babu, Coolie No.1, Saajan Chale Sasural, Judwaa, Hero No. 1 and many more. David’s son Varun Dhawan made his acting debut in 2012 with Student Of The Year. David’s eldest son Rohit Dhawan has directed films such as Desi Boyz and Dishoom. He recently finished shooting his next film titled Shehzada, which will star Kartik Aaryan.

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