Bollywood’s Favourite Director And Producer Karan Johar’s Life Has Been Mix Of Ups And Down
Born in Mumbai to Producer Yash Johar, founder of Dharma Productions, and Hiroo Johar, Karan has definitely made his own mark in the industry. Today, KJo celebrates his 46th birthday. Twitter and Instagram are being bombarded since the morning, with tweets from fans and celebrities such as Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan, all wishing their dear friend Karan a happy birthday. Since it’s his special day, here’s a look back at Bollywood’s favourite filmmaker and his life.
Karan Johar started his career in 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” such as his debut film Kuchh kuchh Hota Hai, which earned him a Filmfare for Best Director as well as Best Screenplay. His movies Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham also received huge success but after watching the 2006 film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai which was critical of numerology, Johar decided to stop this practice.
Karan did his schooling from the Greenlaws High School, Mumbai. Children in his class used to call him a ‘pansy’ which caused him many sleepless nights. People still question sexuality his recently launched book, ‘The Unsuitable Boy’ but in his book he reveals, “People judge my sexuality because they think they own me since I am in their living room every day as a TV personality.” His parents’ constant support kept him going and he finished his studies in H.R College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.
As a child, he recalls dancing to old Bollywood songs alone in his room and dreaming of working in the industry one day; little did he know that dreams do come true. After his father’s tragic death in 2004, Karan almost shut down Dharma Productions but his father’s letter to him pushed him to keep working hard. It was then that he let go of his numerology practice and released movies, which didn’t necessarily start with K.
He also started his Talk Show ‘Koffee with Karan’ on Star networks, where he interviews actors, directors, producers and other prominent members of the Hindi Film Industry. This show has been around the television with four seasons. His 2010 counter-terrorism movie, My name is Khan earned him his second Filmfare as Best Director and a huge fan following even from overseas.
Now he’s a single father of two adorable children Yash And Roohi Johar.
Karan’s life and his rise to fame is an inspiration to all of us, on his special day, we congratulate him for having achieved all these milestones and earning a name for himself.