David Dhawan (born Rajinder Dhawan in Jalandhar, Punjab, India) is an Indian film director. He studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
Dhawan started off as an editor before moving into directing. He specializes in directing comedy films, most of which have featured Govinda, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor or Sanjay Dutt in lead roles, with Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Sushmita Sen playing the leading actresses. Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Johnny Lever and Paresh Rawal appear in his films playing supporting roles. His biggest success to date is 1993's Aankhen, starring Govinda and Chunkey Pandey. His Partner (2007) also became a big success at the box office.
Dhawan is on the board of Asian Academy of Film & Television and Asian School of Media Studies where he has been honoured with an Academy Award by Sandeep Marwah. He was a judge on the Star Plus show Nach Baliye 3 in 2008 and on the show Hans Baliye.