Karan Johar Profile, Bio, Height, Affair, Family, Wiki
Karan Kumar Johar (born Rahul Kumar Johar, 25 May 1972), often informally referred to as KJo, is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television personality who works in Hindi films. He is the son of Hiroo Johar and the producer Yash Johar. Johar made his directorial debut with the widely-seen romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), which earned him the Filmfare Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay. His next two films were the ensemble dramas Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. (2001) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), which were both very successful in the overseas market. His social drama My Name Is Khan (2010) earned him his second Filmfare Award for Best Director. The 2018 spy thriller Raazi won him Filmfare Award for Best Film.
These, along with the several successful films he has produced under the Dharma Productions banner, have established him as one of the leading director-producers in Hindi cinema. Johar has also ventured successfully into other avenues of the entertainment industry. He hosts a television talk show, Koffee with Karan, and a radio show Calling Karan, and appeared as a judge on competition reality shows Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, India’s Got Talent, India’s Next Superstars.
Karan Johar Family
Karan Johar was born in Bombay, India to film producer Yash Johar, founder of Dharma Productions and Hiroo Johar. He studied at the Greenlawn’s High School and attended H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, both in Bombay(now Mumbai). He received a master’s degree in French.
Johar started his career in the entertainment industry as an actor, he played the role of Shrikant in the 1989 Doordarshan Serial Indradhanush. As a child, he was influenced by commercial Indian cinema: He cites Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra, and Sooraj R. Barjatya as his inspirations. For a time, Johar followed numerology, creating film titles in which the first word and a number of others in the title began with the letter K. After watching the 2006 film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai which was critical of numerology, Johar decided to stop this practice.
In February 2017, Johar became a father to twins (a boy and a girl) through surrogacy. The twins were born at Masrani Hospital in Mumbai. Johar named his son Yash – after his father, and his daughter Roohi – rearranged from his mother’s name Hiroo.
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Karan Johar Age, Personal Life
Date of Birth 25 May 1972
Karan Johar Age (as in 2018) 46 Years
Birthplace Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Gemini
Hometown Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
School Greenlaw’s High School, Mumbai
College/University H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai
Educational Qualification M. A. in French
Debut Film (Director): Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Film (Actor): Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Film (Producer): Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
TV (Actor): Indradhanush (1989)
Caste Not Known
Food Habit Non-Vegetarian
Address 2nd Floor, Supreme Chambers, 17-18 Shah Industrial Estate, Unit No 201 202, Off Veera Desai Road, Andheri (West), Mumbai – 400053 (Dharma Productions Office)
Carter Road, Bandra, Mumbai (Home)
Hobbies Collecting Old Things and Antiques
Awards, Honours National Film Awards
1999: Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment (Director) for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
1999: Best Director Award for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
2002: Best Dialogue Award – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
2011: Best Director Award – My Name Is Khan
2001: Best Costume Designer for Mohabbatein
2002: Best Dialogue for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
2004: Best Story for Kal Ho Na Ho
2011: Best Director for My Name Is Khan
Note: Along with these, he has many other awards, honors, and achievements to his name.
Karan Johar Net Worth
Karan Johar Net Worth 2018 is estimated to be around 175 Million Dollars(Rs 1,126 Crores) and his annual income is estimated to be around 7 Million Dollars(Rs 45 Crores). Karan Johar Net Worth 2018 has witnessed a growth of about 71% in the past few years.
Karan Johar Controversies
- He had a twitter battle with Ram Gopal Varma after the release of Student of the Year in 2012. The whole thing started when RGV tweeted, “If someone takes off from Karan Johar’s ‘Student of the year’ and makes Teacher of the year it will become the Disaster of the year.” After which Karan replied, “Disaster of the year is your territory Ramu…no one can ever replace the comfortable place you have made for yourself there”.
- In 2015, an FIR was lodged against Karan and actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor for their participation in the controversial ‘AIB Roast’.
- After the trailer of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay Devgan’s Shivaay, KRK gave a biased review in favor of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Following it, Ajay Devgan claimed that Karan Johar paid KRK for the trailer reviews.
- After the Uri attack in September 2016, political parties such as MNS and Shiv Sena gave Pakistani actors an ultimatum to leave India and told the Bollywood filmmakers to exclude their scenes in the films. Though Pakistani actors such as Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan left India but Karan continuously supported them on twitter. Following this, MNS threatened Karan by saying that they would beat him up if he will continue to work with Pakistani actors.
Karan Johar Career/Movies
Karan As A Director
Karan Johar entered the film industry as an assistant director on Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), which is regarded as a landmark in Hindi cinema. He then made his own directorial debut with the blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). The first half of the film centers on a college love triangle between an insensitive boy (Shah Rukh Khan), his tomboyish best friend (Kajol), and the prettiest girl at the college (Rani Mukerji), while the second half centers on the now-widowed boy’s attempt to reconnect with his best friend who is now engaged to marry another man (Salman Khan).
The film became a major blockbuster at the box office and received mostly positive reviews from critics. Writing for Planet Bollywood, critic Anish Khanna commented that “Karan Johar makes an impressive directorial debut, has a good script sense and knows how to make a film with S-T-Y-L-E.” It won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. It swept most of the major awards at the 44th Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and all four acting awards.
Johar’s third directorial venture was the multi-starrer romantic drama Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), which dealt with the controversial subject of marital infidelity against the backdrop of non-resident Indians living in New York City. The film’s plot follows a washed-up athlete (Shah Rukh Khan), whose frustration with his wife (Preity Zinta) results in an extramarital affair with a family friend (Rani Mukerji) who is also unhappy with her marriage to her childhood friend (Abhishek Bachchan). The film was a major success in India and an even larger success overseas. It received mostly positive reviews from critics who praised Johar’s departure from the directorial style of his first two films.
Rajeev Masand wrote, “Few writers have such solid control over their screenplay as Karan Johar does. Few understand the intricacies of narrative as well as he does. Johar goes from highs to lows, from plateaus to peaks with the ease of a pro. He knows exactly how to turn a seemingly ordinary scene into something special with just that one line of dialogue, or that hint of background music.” The script of the film which was co-written by Johar received recognition by a number of critics and was invited to be included in the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Johar then teamed up with Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, and Dibakar Banerjee for Bombay Talkies (2013), an anthology film released to celebrate the centenary year of Hindi cinema. Each of the directors made one short film to contribute to the large anthology. The plot of Johar’s film followed a magazine editor (Rani Mukerji) who discovers that her husband (Randeep Hooda) is gay after an interaction with an intern at her office (Saqib Saleem). The film did not perform very well at the box office but earned positive reviews from critics.
Johar’s next directorial venture was the romantic drama film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016). The film featured Ranbir Kapoor as a man dealing with his unrequited love for his best friend, played by Anushka Sharma. It also featured Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as an older woman who engages in a brief relationship with Kapoor’s character. The film emerged as a commercial success and received mixed to positive reviews from critics, who called it “Johar’s most grown-up movie yet.”
On 11 August 2018, Johar took to Twitter to announce his next film Takht, a period drama based on the Mughal era, which will feature an ensemble star cast including Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. With a screenplay by Sumit Roy and dialogues by Hussain Haidry, this will be the first film directed by Johar that he has not written himself. In an interview with Firstpost, Johar stated that Takht would begin filming in September 2019.
Karan As An Actor
In addition to working as an assistant director in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Johar was an actor in the film, playing the minor role of a friend of Shah Rukh Khan’s character. Since then, he has made cameo appearances playing himself in films like Om Shanti Om (2007), Fashion (2008), and Luck by Chance (2009).
He made his full-fledged acting debut alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in Anurag Kashyap’s period drama Bombay Velvet (2015), in which he played the main antagonist. Although the film did not perform well at the box office, Johar earned some appreciation for his performance. Critic Sarita A. Tanwar commented, “The only consolation in the film is Karan Johar who brings a lot of dignity to the character of Khambatta. which is commendable since this is totally outside his comfort space.”
Karan As A Producer
Johar’s directorial work (with the exception of anthology films Bombay Talkies and Lust Stories) has been produced under the Dharma Productions banner, founded by his father Yash Johar and taken over by him after his father’s death in 2004. In addition to his own directorial work, he has produced several films by other directors under the Dharma banner. Many of these films have become major successes including Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Dostana (2008), I Hate Luv Storys (2010), Agneepath (2012), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), 2 States (2014), Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), Kapoor & Sons (2016), Dear Zindagi (2016), Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017), Raazi (2018), Dhadak (2018), and Simmba (2018).
Karan Johar As A Costume Designer
Johar has worked as a costume designer for Shah Rukh Khan on many films like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Duplicate (1998), Mohabbatein (2000), Main Hoon Na (2004), Veer-Zaara (2004), and Om Shanti Om (2007).
Karan Johar Career/Television
Johar is the host of Koffee with Karan, a celebrity-based talk show where he interviews actors, directors, producers, and other prominent members of the Hindi film industry. The first season aired from 2004 to 2005, the second season aired in 2007, the third season aired from 2010 to 2011, the fourth season aired from 2013 to 2014, and the fifth season aired from 2016 to 2017.
Since 2012, he has served as a judge on the reality shows Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (with Madhuri Dixit and Remo D’Souza), India’s Got Talent (with Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher, and Farah Khan) and India’s Next Superstars (with Rohit Shetty).
Show Role Channel
Koffee with Karan Host
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Judge Colors TV
India’s Next Superstars Judge Star Plus
India’s Got Talent Judge Colors TV
Dil Hai Hindustani Judge Star Plus
Karan Johar Awards/Nominations
Year Notable work Awards Category Result
1999 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Filmfare Awards Best Director Won
Best Screenplay Won
Screen Awards Best Director Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Director Won
2000 National Film Awards Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Won
2001 Mohabbatein IIFA Awards Best Costume Design Won
2002 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Filmfare Awards Best Director Nominated
Best Dialogue Won
Best Scene Won
IIFA Awards Best Director Nominated
Best Dialogue Won
Screen Awards Best Director Nominated
2004 Kal Ho Naa Ho Filmfare Awards Best Film Nominated
IIFA Awards Best Story Won
Screen Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Screenplay Won
2005 Koffee with Karan Indian Telly Awards Best Anchor Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Anchor – Talk/Chat Show Won
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Filmfare Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Director Nominated
IIFA Awards Best Director Nominated
2008 Om Shanti Om Best Costume Design Won
2009 Dostana Filmfare Awards Best Film Nominated
2010 Wake Up Sid Nominated
2011 My Name Is Khan Filmfare Awards Best Director Won
IIFA Awards Best Director Won
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Director Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Director Won
Best Story Won
2012 Koffee with Karan Indian Telly Awards Best Anchor Nominated
2013 Student of the Year Producers Guild Film Awards President’s Honour Won
Stardust Awards Dream Director Won
2014 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Filmfare Awards Best Film Nominated
2017 Kapoor & Sons Nominated
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Best Director Nominated
N/A Mirchi Music Awards Make It Large Award Won
2019 Raazi Filmfare Awards Best Film Won
Some Known Facts About Karan
- Does Karan Johar Smoke?: Not Known
- Does Karan Johar Drink Alcohol?: Yes
- As a kid, he loved dancing to old Hindi songs and was a big Bollywood buff since his childhood.
- He wanted to become a hairstylist at the age of 4, a doctor at 10, then a copywriter at 15, and finally, at 20, he got stable at becoming a filmmaker.
- In 1989, he was first seen in a Doordarshan TV Serial Indradhanush as Shrikant.
- Karan made his first Bollywood appearance in the movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) as Rocky. Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan in DDLJ
- Karan was once superstitious regarding the letter ‘K’ and believed that this letter brings success and fame for his movies. So, he came up with movies named Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. However, after watching Lage Raho Munna Bhai, he gave up his this belief and tried other letters as initials in his film’s names.
- He is very much attached to his mother and often addressed as ‘Mumma’s Boy’.
- Karan has also been a costume designer for his close friend Shah Rukh Khan in films- DDLJ, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Duplicate, Main Hoon Na, Veer-Zaara, Om Shanti Om, and many more.
- Before stepping into a direction, he assisted the famous director Late Yash Chopra. Moreover, his mother is the youngest sister of Late Yash Chopra.
- His ultimate goal is to bag an Oscar. He once shared that he wants to walk the red carpet with Oscar in his hand and he would love to hold that trophy and say, “This is for you, India.”
- He can speak French very fluently; as he holds a master degree in French
- Karan is a cricket freak and loves playing it whenever he gets some time.
- In 2006, he became the first Indian filmmaker to become a jury member in the Miss World contest held in Warsaw, Poland.
- He was chosen as one of the 250 Global Young Leaders in 2007 by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum 2006.
- Apart from Former Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, he was the only Indian who had been invited for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.
- Although he manages to get every shot correct on his sets, he hates reading scripts. Karan Johar Hates Reading On Sets
- In 2015, he played a negative role in Kaizad Khambatta in the film Bombay Velvet and he charged only ₹11 as his fee. Karan Johar in Bombay Velvet
- He loves wearing velvet jackets.
- For his direction “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, he wrote the entire film script in 30 days.
- Although Karan’s best friend is Shah Rukh Khan, he is very impressed with Hrithik Roshan‘s work, and once said that we all in the film industry work hard, but whereas all of us give 100%, Hrithik gives his 300%.
- Before directing films, he assisted the famous Late Yash Chopra.
- He had a crush on Twinkle Khanna (now, the wife of Akshay Kumar).
- During an interview with NDTV, he revealed that at one point of time in his life, he suffered from depression and anxiety attacks.
- In March 2017, he became a single parent to twins- son Yash Johar and daughter Roohi through surrogacy. He delivered a TED talk on a letter to his children.
- As per his mother, he is a very sensitive and emotional person; the attributes which he has been carrying since his childhood.
- Karan hates replying to people on mail and it is like a torture to him. He told that his secretary replies to more than half of his emails, and to the remaining personal ones, he prefers calling personally and replying.