Karan Johar

Profession: Actor , Director, Guest Appearance, Producer, Screenplay, Story Writer, Supporting Actor
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  • Also Know as :- Karan Johar
  • Profession:- Actor , Director, Guest Appearance, Producer, Screenplay, Story Writer, Supporting Actor
  • Gender :- male
  • Birthdate:- 25 May 1972
  • Status:- Single
  • Debut Year:- 1989
  • Active Years:- Till Today

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"Without Karan Johar’s name Baahubali could never have been such a global success Though filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli deserve kudos for making a mammoth movie like Baahubali 1 and 2 but what is astounding is that filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli has himself candidly acknowledged that the film could have never attained a pan India and global reach without the brand name –Karan Johar. Opening his heart out, S.S. Rajamouli had said, “Karan Johar’s Dharma Production is truly the biggest name in country in film production and without its association the film would have been limited to southern India. But thanks to Dharma Productions that ensured a mammoth release for the movie all over the globe.” Till date no Southern India’s dubbed version has witnessed such whopping business in North India as Baahubali part 1 and 2 have amassed. The Hindi version of Baahubali -2 in its fourth week has amassed Rs 500 crore which is indeed a stunning record! Over all the film has collected a gigantic R 1500 crore in just one month!!! In fact, Karan Johar himself has been stunned by Baahubali -2 collection. In a tweet Karan Johar called the collection as –Revolution In Indian Cinema! He said that in today’s age a good movie survives till Sunday but in case of Baahubali -2 the movie has reported a whopping business of Rs 40.25 Crore on Monday and this is something never happened in history of Indian cinema –It is truly a revolution! Thus, one must truly applaud Karan Johar for living up to his late father’s wishes and making the name of Dharma Production such a colossal brand that not just the Bollywood films, even regional films like Baahubali -1 and 2 are becoming universal hits just because of brand – Dharma Production!"

"Despite being born with a silver spoon in his mouth Karan Johar had a agonizing childhood Karan Johar was born with a silver spoon in his mouth because he was son of Bollywood most reputed film producer Yash Johar, who produced many hit films like Amitabh Bachchan’s Dostana, Agneepath, Dilip Kumar’s Duniya, Sridevi’s Gumrah etc. However unlike other celebrity child, Karan Johar was ‘different’ because in his early childhood he was mocked by his friends for being ‘non-masculine’. Young Karan thus spent his childhood in solitude away from the harsh society that made fun and humiliated him. But his parents were supportive and understood owes of their son. Instead of deserting him they came to his rescue and boosted his confidence. They accepted the harsh reality that their son was ‘Different’ hence they worked hard and groomed him so sophisticate and urbane that the world bowed before him. Karan was secretly trained to develop his English and French language. He was given special coaching to walk and talk minus feminine gesticulations. He attended voice- training classes to enhance his speaking ability at par with Oxford University students. He did graduation from Mumbai’s HR College and later did Master’s Degree in French. Thus his parents played a lion’s share in making Karan Johar hide his feminine gesticulations and prepared him to face the world. Karan Johar wanted to handle his father’s export business but Aditya Chopra dragged him into films After graduation Karan Johar was on his way to France to do an internship associated to his father’s export business and handle his father's export empire. But his close friend Adi Chopra urged him to stay back and help him in film production. Karan, as a child marveled the films of Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra and Sooraj Barjatya, within his heart and wanted to be in films hence at the insistence of Adi, he dropped pursuing Export Business and instead joined Aditya Chopra as his assistance director in the film Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge."

"Karan Johar had a one-sided love affair with Twinkle Khanna in school Karan Johar first discovered his sexuality at a younger age as his friends in school would mock him about his feminine orientation. This made him distressed and he kept himself aloof from others. Karan first fell in love during his school days. He studied at Green Lawns High School which was a co-education school. He fell in love with his co-student Twinkle Khanna (Bollywood actress and wife of actor Akshay Kumar). Karan and Twinkle were good friends. Karan fell in love with Twinkle but it was a one-side love that never blossomed. Karan Johar experienced sex at the age of 26 years In his biographical account, Karan Johar has daringly exposed his sexuality. In his book –An Unsuitable Boy, he has boldly mentioned that he had sex at the age of 26 years in New York at a hotel though a profession sex worker and paid for it. He even writes the experience was mentally disturbing. A week later Karan Johar tried again but yet again he was disappointed as he felt everything looked fake and artificial hence he walked out and never attempted again. Karan Johar decided to seek true love and became single father After being frustrated to seek love in sex, Karan Johar decided to become a single father through modern technology called Surrogacy and he was blessed by a twins –a boy and a girl! He has named the boy after his father as Yash Chopra and has named his daughter Roohi (derived by reshuffling his mother’s name Hiroo). Karan Johar admits that he is enjoying life with his children and the experience is greater than physical love."

"Karan Johar made his acting career as child star on DD! Karan Johar did not start his film career as child artist in his father’s film but he was part of a popular science-fiction fantasy Indradhanush telecast on DD ( Doordarshan) in the 1989. Karan Johar played a school boy. The TV serial also had many popular Bollywood celebrities as child actors who later became big stars like actress Urmila Matondkar and Lagaan film director Ashutosh Gowariker. His second appearance as an actor was in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). In this film he played a friend of ShahRukh Khan, who indulges in prank with Amrish Puri in the opening scene of film. It was a cameo of 2 minutes and Karan had acted only because the extra artist had ditched at the last movement. Later Like filmmaker Subhash Ghai, who made it a style to make a cameo in his films, Karan Johar too started appearing in films in cameo but he played himself. He was seen in Om Shanti Om (2007), Fashion (2008), and Luck by Chance (2009). However filmmaker Anurag Kashyap exploited Karan Johar’s acting potential to the hilt in his film Bombay Velvet (2015). He gave him the lead villain’s role of Khambatta, the underworld don of Mumbai in the 50’s. Unfortunately the film was a bitter flop. Hence despite a competent performance Karan Johar’s acting career came to an abrupt end! Adi Chopra and ShahRukh forced Karan Johar into film direction During the shooting of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Karan Johar and ShahRukh Khan became great friends hence when Karan Johar wrote the script of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai he hired ShahRukh Khan as the hero and roped in Adi Chopra to direct the film under Yash Johar Production. When Karan Johar narrated the script to ShahRukh Khan and Adi Chopra, both ShahRukh Khan and Adi were left spell bounded by his fabulous narration. Karan Johar’s narration was so vivid that both ShahRukh and Adi were both impressed with the narration and both in unison agreed that Karan direct the film Initially Karan was hesitant but with the strong support from Adi and ShahRukh and Kajol, Karan’s confidence was boosted and he went on to direct the film. The film was a huge box office hit for which he won many awards including the prestigious National Award for Best Film providing wholesome entertainment. The film also fetched Best director award for Karan Johar from both Filmfare and Screen! Karan Johar created a casting coup after the success of Kuch Kuch Hota Hain At the young age of 26 years Karan Johar, came close to his idol film maker Raj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor made his first film Aag at the age of 24 and Karan made Kuch Kuch Hota Hai at the age of 26 years. But Karan went a step ahead of Raj Kapoor because at the age of 29 years, Karan Johar created a casting coup by bringing together, Indian Cinema’s two superstar Amitabh Bachchan and ShahRukh Khan at loggerhead in his film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001). Besides bringing Amitabh Bachchan and ShahRukh Khan together, the film had many top stars like Jaya Bachchan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor etc but kudos to Karan Johar to handle such a huge crew with elegance. The movie was again a super hit and won many awards. Raj Kapoor created casting coup at the age 46 when he made Mera Naam Joker (1970) and assembled galaxy of star in the films like Raj Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Jr Rishi Kapoor, Dharmendra, Rajendra Kumar, Dara Singh etc With Kal Ho Naa Ho Karan Johar displayed his versatility With Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) Karan Johar proved his versatility in filmmaking. In this film he tackled a serious subject and established that he is not only good at romantic family entertainers but is also competent at tragic films with substance. The film was Karan Johar’s ode to film legend Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s classic Anand (1971). This was his second film that won National Award for Best film providing wholesome entertainment. Interestingly Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand too won the Best Film National Award. Karan Johar wanted to shut his home production Dharma Production It may come as an utter shock to readers that after three consecutive hit films why did Karan Johar planned to shut his Dharma production? Well, on 26 June, 2004, Karan Johar’s father Yash Johar, who was the pillar of his life passed away. His father’s death shattered Karan and he felt as if somebody has pulled the rug under his feet! He believed whatever he had achieved in his life was all thanks to his father’s support. Hence without his father, Karan felt a loner and lost confidence to carry his father’s legacy of running Dharma Production. He decided to shut Dharma Production. When Karan Johar was in distress he received a sealed letter from none other than Amitabh Bachchan. The letter was addressed to Karan Johar and was written by his late father Yash Johar. When Karan Johar read the letter, in which his father had urged Karan Johar to continue the family legacy of Dharma Production and raise it to great heights of popularity. His father pepped his son to live life bravely and make his soul happy by giving more popularity to Dharma production. Yash Johar was aware his death would wreck his son, hence prior to his death he wrote a soul-stirring letter to his son and gave a sealed letter to his close friend, Amitabh Bachchan and told him to give to Karan after his death. After reading the letter Karan Johar was all charged up and he toiled day and time to make his father’s dream a success. He gave a chain of hit films like Kaal, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Dostana, Wake Up Sid, My Name Is Khan, I Hate Luv Storys, Agneepath, Student of the Year, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, 2 States, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Dear Zindagi, Ok Jaanu, Badrinath Ki Dulhania etc. Today Karan Johar has elevated the name of Dharma Production as country’s No 1 production house! Karan Johar became a star TV host with Koffee With Karan After establishing himself as a film director and producer of repute in Bollywood, Karan did not limit himself to Bollywood, he went ahead and proved his mettle on TV by hosting several Film Award shows, judging reality shows like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (with Madhuri Dixit and Remo D’Souza) and India’s Got Talent (with Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher, and Farah Khan) and last but not the least hosting Koffee With Karan! With Koffee With Karan, KJo dumfounded his critics with his mesmerizing English and an amazing versatility in conducting film celebrity interviews that were vibrant, passionate, hilarious, fulfilled and intellectual. The show that began in 2004 is still the most sought after, even in 2017!"

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