Dilip was the son of late Krishan Dhawan, a well-known film actor and Munni Dhawan who also belonged to the film fraternity.Dilip Dhawan started from the year 1982, when he produced a feature film Saath Saath which was directed by Raman Kumar.Dilip rose to fame with his role as “Guru” in the serial Nukkad which was telecast on Doordarshan. His performance was so good that every member of the unit started treating him as a Guru. He had become a cult figure in the unit. If there were any fights amongst the actors or any kind of tension, the case used to go to him. He used to solve it in a second. His judgement was final. He created an aura whereever he went. . After Nukkad, he really went through a bad phase for nearly three to four years, but he didn’t sit idle. He kept on reading and writing scripts, articles, concepts etc and started in advertisements .
he was good looking, handsome actor from FTII who debuted in film "Ek Baar Kaho".And later did films like Priyadarshan’s Viraasat, David Dhawan’s Swarg and others.