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 Wiki/Bio
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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 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.
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.
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).
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Some Known Facts About Karan
- Does Karan Johar Smoke?: Not Known
- Does Karan Johar Drink Alcohol?: Yes
- Before stepping into a direction, he assisted the famous director Late Yash Chopra. Moreover, his mother is the youngest sister of Late Yash Chopra.
- The ultimate goal of his career is to win an Oscar. It is his dream to walk the red carpet with an Oscar in his hand and say, “This is for you, India.”
- Since he holds a master’s degree in French, he speaks French fluently
- Whenever Karan has some free time, he plays cricket.
- He became the first Indian filmmaker to serve on the Miss World jury in Warsaw, Poland, in 2006.
- A Geneva-based World Economic Forum named him one of the 250 Global Young Leaders in 2007.
- He was the only Indian invited to the opening ceremony of the London Olympics besides former Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.
- Despite getting every shot right on his sets, he dislikes reading scripts.
- 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.
- Despite being the best friend of Shah Rukh Khan, Karan admires Hrithik Roshan’s work, and once said that we all work hard in the film industry, but Hrithik gives 300%.
- Before directing films, he assisted the famous Late Yash Chopra.
- He had a crush on Twinkle Khanna (now, the wife of Akshay Kumar).
- He revealed in an interview with NDTV that he suffered from depression and anxiety attacks at one point in his life.
- Growing up, he loved dancing to old Hindi songs and was a huge Bollywood fan.
- At the age of 4, he wanted to be a hairstylist, then a doctor, then a copywriter, and finally, a filmmaker.
- In 1989, he was first seen in a Doordarshan TV Serial Indradhanush as Shrikant.
- Rocky was Karan’s first Bollywood role in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).
- Previously, Karan was superstitious about the letter ‘K’ and believed that it would bring him fame and success. As a result, he made movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Nevertheless, after seeing Lage Raho Munna Bhai, he gave up this belief and tried other letters as initials.
- He is very much attached to his mother and often addressed as ‘Mumma’s Boy’.
- He has also designed costumes for Shah Rukh Khan in films such as DDLJ, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Duplicate, Main Hoon Na, Veer-Zaara, and Om Shanti Om.
- 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.
- In his mother’s opinion, he has always been very sensitive and emotional; attributes he has been carrying since he was a child.
- Replying to people on email is like torture for Karan. Over half of his emails are answered by his secretary, and he prefers to call personally and reply to the remaining ones.
How did Karan have a baby?
Bollywood director Karan Johar is said to have become the father of twins, a boy, and a girl, through surrogacy. According to a report in the Times of India, the babies were born in Mumbai’s Masrani Hospital on February 7. The babies’ names are Yash and Roohi, as Karan Johar clarified in a tweet earlier today.
Is Johar and Karan related?
He was married to Hiroo Johar (née Chopra), a sister of the noted filmmakers BR Chopra and Yash Chopra. They are the parents of successful Indian film director Karan Johar. Johar died on 26 June 2004 in Mumbai, aged 74, of a chest infection, though he also had been fighting cancer.
Who is the boyfriend of Karan?
Designer Prabal Gurung, who is rumored to be dating filmmaker Karan Johar, has denied the news and has said that the filmmaker is one of his dearest friends.
Who is the surrogate mother of Karan’s children?
Karan Johar poses with his twins, Yash and Roohi, and his mother, Hiroo. Filmmaker Karan Johar has shared new pictures from his twins, Yash and Roohi’s second birthday party, held on February 8. The pictures, shared on his Instagram stories, show Karan posing with each of his kids, and his mother, Hiroo.