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Varun Grover (born 26 January 1980) is an Indian comedian, screenwriter, and lyricist. He won the award for Best Lyricist at the 63rd National Film Awards in 2015.[1][2][3]

Varun Grover
Varun Grover Stand-up.JPG
Born (1980-07-18) 18 July 1980 (age 38)
Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi
Occupation Screenplay writer, lyricist, director
Years active 2004–present
Notable work Masaan, Udta Punjab, Dum Laga Ke Haisha


Early life and educationEdit

Grover was born in Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh, to a school-teacher mother and army engineer father. He spent his initial years in Sundernagar and Dehradun, Uttarakhand, before moving to Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh for his adolescent years. He studied civil engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, graduating in 2003.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]



Film Year Credits
Kaala 2018 Lyricist
Newton 2017 Lyricist[12]
Udta Punjab 2016 Lyricist[13]
Raman Raghav 2.0 2016 Lyricist[13]
Fan 2016 Lyricist
Zubaan 2016 Lyricist
Masaan 2015 Writer, Lyricist[14]
Bombay Velvet 2015 Acting[15]
Dum Laga Ke Haisha 2015 Lyricist[16]
Ankhon Dekhi 2014 Lyricist[16]
Katiyabaaz 2014 Lyricist[16]
Prague 2013 Lyricist[16]
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 2012 Lyricist[14]
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 2012 Lyricist[14]
Peddlers 2012 Lyricist
That Girl in Yellow Boots 2011 Lyricist[16]
Accident on Hill Road 2009 Dialogue writer


TV Show Year Credits
Sacred Games (TV series) 2018 Writer[17]
Jay Hind! 2009–14 Lead Writer
10 Ka Dum 2008-09 Writer[7]
Oye! It's Friday! 2008-09 Writer[7]
Ranvir Vinay Aur Kaun? 2007-08 Writer
SAB Ka Bheja Fry 2007 Writer
The Great Indian Comedy Show 2004-06 Writer[7]

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ a b "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 February 2018. 
  2. ^ Pal, Divya (28 March 2016). "National Award winning lyricist Varun Grover recalls initial reactions to 'Moh Moh Ke Dhaage'". Retrieved 13 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "Varun Grover (Civil 2003) wins award as Best Lyricist at 63rd National Film Awards 2016". Retrieved 13 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "Brutal censors give another route to creativity: 'Masaan' writer Varun Grover". The Indian Express. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  5. ^ "Liberal in his thoughts". Daily Post India. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  6. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Varun Grover on His Journey, the Film Industry, & Sexism in Standup Comedy". The Better India. 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  7. ^ a b c d Jha, Lata (2015-08-05). "Masaan man Varun Grover's journey: A civil engineer turned Bollywood scriptwriter". Retrieved 2018-08-01.  External link in |work= (help)
  8. ^ "Neeraj Ghaywan, Varun Grover to donate National Award prize money to farmers". The Indian Express. 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  9. ^ Jha, Lata (5 August 2015). "Masaan man Varun Grover's journey: A civil engineer turned Bollywood scriptwriter". Mint. 
  10. ^ "Review: The Criminal Life in Mumbai in 'Sacred Games'". The New York Times. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  11. ^ "Sacred Games review: The Devil of the Details". The Indian Express. 30 June 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  12. ^ "Before watching Padmaavat, check out comedian Varun Grover's hilarious take on the film". Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  13. ^ a b "Varun Grover, lyricist of many Phantom films, SLAMS Vikas Bahl for sexually abusing a female employee!". dna. 2017-04-11. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  14. ^ a b c "Brutal censors give another route to creativity: 'Masaan' writer Varun Grover". The Indian Express. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  15. ^ "Yes, 'Bombay Velvet' Is Pretty Atrocious, But We Should Not Be Happy About It". Huffington Post. 15 May 2015. 
  16. ^ a b c d e "Loved the simplicity of 'Tu kisi rail si…': Varun Grover". The Indian Express. 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  17. ^ "Sacred Games writers didn t want to load the script with sex or violence". mid-day. 2018-07-15. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  18. ^ "Zee Cine Awards: Complete List of Winners". NDTV. 21 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Guild Awards 2015". DNA India. 23 December 2015.