Varun Grover, an Indian writer, and lyricist, gained popularity for his award-winning lyrics in the song “Yeh Moha-Moh Ke Dhaage” from the film Dum Lag Ke Haisha. He is an IIT alumnus who scripted Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan and Sacred Games.
Born on January 26, 1980, in Sundernagar, HP, Varun Grover was raised by a military officer father and a schoolteacher mother. He pursued Civil engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, and prior to entering Bollywood, he worked in a software firm.
Initially writing for television shows like Dus Ka Dum, Oye It’s Friday, and The Great Indian Comedy Show, he eagerly awaited an opportunity to write for films. Eventually, he received his big break in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, where he composed lyrics for hit songs like Womaniya, Hunter, and Jiya Tu. He is also recognized for writing the lyrics of the song “Jabra Fan” from the movie Fan, starring Shah Rukh Khan.
In 2015, he achieved critical acclaim for his work in the film Masaan, which received the prestigious International Federation of Film Critics Award. Additionally, he contributed to notable projects such as Udta Punjab, the popular OTT series Sacred Games, and Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. He also penned the lyrics for the song “Chitthi” in the successful film Sita Ramam. Varun Grover made an appearance in Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet, alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Karan Johar.
Furthermore, he is among the few stand-up comedians in India and serves as a lyricist and screenplay writer for the Hindi film industry. Varun Grover co-founded the comedy group Aisi Taisi Democracy with Sanjay Rajouri and Rahul Ram. Last year, he announced his directorial debut titled All India Rank, featuring Bodhisattva Sharma, Samta Sudiksha, Shashi Bhushan, Geeta Agrawal, and Sheeba Chaddha. The film had its World Premiere at The International Film Festival of Rotterdam in February.