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Hot 100, Film Directors, David Dhawan, Judwaa 2

David Dhawan belongs to that very exclusive clique of directors who remain successful even after a quarter century of making films. Dhawan started in the eighties, hit his stride in the nineties with an arm-long list of Govinda comedies, continued in the oughties in the same genre with Salman Khan, and now has already had two hits with son Varun Dhawan (Main Tera Hero and Judwaa 2) in the present decade!
Dhawan remains in step with the times by contemporarising the look and the styling of his films but at the same time he stays true to his tried-and-tested staples – the leading man spouts smart-alecky lines in tapori language (street patois) and has an anything-for-a-laugh attitude while the bright-eyed heroine is largely decorative. This strategy works fine for Dhawan in Judwaa 2, which is essentially a retread and not a sequel of Dhawan’s 1997 hit of the same name. Today, a David Dhawan film is a genre by itself!

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