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Karan Johar

Johar at the 2006 Frankfurt Book Fair, 7 October 2006
Born 25 May 1972 (1972-05-25) (age 37)
Mumbai, Maharastra, India
Years active 1995–present

Karan Johar (Hindi: करण जौहर; born 25 May 1972) is an Indian film director, producer, and TV celebrity. He is the son of Hiroo Johar and the late Yash Johar.[1][2] He is one of the most successful young filmmakers in Bollywood.[3][4]


Early life

Karan Johar was born in Mumbai, India to Indian Bollywood film producer Yash Johar, founder of Dharma Productions and Hiroo Johar. He studied at the Greenlawns High School and attended H.R. College of Commerce and Economics. He received a Masters degree in French.[5]


Dharma Productions, founded by his father, is Johar's production company. As a child, he was influenced by commercial Indian cinema and he cites Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra and Sooraj R. Barjatya as his inspirations.[2][6]

Johar formally entered the film industry as an actor, portraying Raj's (Shahrukh Khan) close friend in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). He was also assistant director on this film and helped director Aditya Chopra in writing the screenplay for this film.[2] In addition, he selected Shahrukh Khan's costumes, something he continued to do for Shahrukh Khan's other movies like Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Duplicate (1998), Mohabbatein (2000), Main Hoon Na and Veer-Zaara (2004) and Om Shanti Om (2007).[2]

Johar made his directorial debut with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998. The film won eight Filmfare Awards in 1998 including Best Movie, Best Director and all four Best Actor awards for both leading and supporting roles.[2][7] Johar's second directorial effort was the family drama, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, released in 2001. It was also highly successful and won five Filmfare Awards.[8] His 2003 film, Kal Ho Naa Ho, was directed by Nikhil Advani.[9] His 2005 film, Kaal was directed by Soham Shah, Johar's assistant director from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.[10] In May 2005, after taking a four-year break from directing, Johar began working on his third film as a director and fourth film as writer; Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, (Never Say Goodbye).The movie was the highest grossing overseas film of all time.[10][11] In November 2009, Johar ended shooting for his upcoming film My Name Is Khan starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol Devgan, reuniting them after seven years. The film released to overwhelmingly positive reviews and strong box office figures 12 February 2010, with a series of premieres in Abu Dhabi and Berlin. He is currently shooting his Hindi-language remake of Stepmom in Mumbai and Sydney, Australia. He said in a 5 February interview on BBC Asian Network that he is also busy working on developing a remake of his father's film Agneepath and will be producing Dostana 2 too.[12]

For a period of 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.[13]



Johar is also the host of a television chat show called Koffee with Karan commissioned by Star World, in which he interviews renowned celebrities from Bollywood and India's glamour world.[14] The first season of the show began in 2004 and ended in 2006. The 2nd season began to air in February 2007 and ended in August.[14]

He made come back on television in January 2010 with the show called "Lift Kara De". The theme of the show is to find out the biggest fan of an actor. This show is being aired on Sony TV. This show will have 20 shows with 20 Indian super stars. This show will also do charity for the needy.







Filmfare Awards


Star Screen Awards


  1. ^ Firdaus Ashraf, Syed (23 March 2006). "Karan Johar's next to release in August". Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Nandy, Pritish (9 December 1998). "'All the women I meet keep telling me how much they cried in the film! That's what made it a hit, I guess.'". Rediff.Com. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  3. ^ Pillai, Speedhar (11 August 2006). "Man with the Midas touch". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  4. ^ Pillai, Speedhar (5 November 2004). "The heady Yash mixture". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  5. ^ "Drama King : Karan Johar". 
  6. ^ V S Srinivasan (15 October 1998). "'I'm a little scared'". Rediff.Com. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  7. ^ "Box Office 1998". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Box Office 2001". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  9. ^ "Box Office 2003". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  10. ^ a b K Jha, Subhash (3 May 2005). "'I've got Veer-Zaara and Bunty-Babli in my film'". Rediff.Com. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  11. ^ "Box Office 2006". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  12. ^ [ BBC Asian Network
  13. ^ "Karan to drop letter K". 
  14. ^ a b "Star World's Koffee With Karan". 
  15. ^ {{cite web|url= |title=Ash among WEF's Global Young Leaders |date=17 January 2007 |publisher=Sify.
  16. ^ "Karan Johar to judge Miss World 2007. The Indian Express.". 

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