Full History of Karan Johar

Karan Johar:
(born 25 May 1972) is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and Television host. He is the son of Hiroo Johar and Yash Johar. He is one of the most successful filmmakers in Bollywood and the head of the production company Dharma Productions. He is most known for directing and producing some of Bollywood's highest grossing films in India and abroad.

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, both in Mumbai. He received a Masters degree in French.


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.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).

Johar with Shahrukh Khan ad Kajol, with whome he forms the famous trio of Indian cinema
Johar made his directorial debut with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998 which he also wrote the story and screenplay for. Starring Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji, the film was well received by critics and audience alike. It won a National awards, eight Filmfare Awards in 1998 including Best Movie, Best Director and all four Best Actor awards for both leading and supporting roles.It was also the highest grossing Indian movie of the year in India and abroad and was declared an all time blockbuster by Box Office India.As a child, he was influenced by commercial Indian cinema and he cites Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra and Sooraj R. Barjatya as his inspirations.
Johar's second directorial effort was the family drama, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, released in 2001. Featuring an ensemble star-cast that included Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan, the movie was a major financial success and became India's second highest-grossing film of the year and one of the biggest Bollywood success of all time in the overseas market, earning over INR 1 billion was also highly successful and won five Filmfare Awards.
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). With an ensemble cast including Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji and Kirron Kher. The film told the story of two unhappily married couples in New York, which later results in an extramarital affair. The movie was the highest grossing overseas film of all time. It grossed over 1.13 billion worldwide
In November 2009, Johar ended shooting for his 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.
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.


Dharma Productions, founded by his father, is Johar's production company. He became the main producer of the company after his father's death. Johar wrote and produced the 2003 film, Kal Ho Naa Ho which was directed by Nikhil Advani. A drama set in New York City, starring Shahrukh Khan, Jaya Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan. The film was received favorably by critics and became a box office success in India and the highest grossing film in the overseas that year.It has won eight Filmfare awards and two National film awards. His 2005 film, Kaal was directed by Soham Shah, Johar's assistant director from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.He produced two films in 2009, first Ayan Mukerji's coming of age romantic drama Wake Up Sid and the thriller Kurbaan. He is also responsible for the official Hindi-language remake of Stepmom, called We Are Family featuring Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in the lead roles which was shot in Mumbai and Sydney, Australia.When Johar first decided to adapt the movie for an Indian audience, he initially intended to buy the rights to the film but eventually opted to co-produce it with Sony Pictures. The same year, he co-produced the Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor, starter I Hate Luv Storys with UTV Motion Pictures. The film went on to become a box office hit.He further produced the 2012 romantic comedy, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. Starring both Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan, the film was met with positive critical reception and moderate box office success.
In an interview with The Times Of India, Johar explained that he had the intention of remaking the 1990 thriller Agneepath which was then produced by his father, because the commercial failure of the film broke his father's heart. The idea of the remake materialized on the sets of his film My Name Is Khan when Johar asked his assistant director Karan Malhotra to revisit it again. The remake was released in January 2012 to both critical and commercial success. He will also be producing Dostana 2.


Johar is 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.The first season of the show began in 2004, the second in 2007, and a third season started airing in November 2010.
He also did a TV show in 2010 called Lift Kara De. The theme of the show is to find out the biggest fan of an actor. This aired on Sony TV. This show had 28 episodes with 19 Indian super stars. This show also did charity for the needy.


  • In 2007, Johar was chosen as one of 250 Global Young Leaders by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum 2006.
  • On 30 September 2006, Johar became the first Indian filmmaker to be a jury member in the Miss World competition, in Warsaw, Poland.


Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Yes
Yes Won, Filmfare Best Movie Award
National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
2001 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Yes
Yes Won 5 Filmfare awards
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho
Yes Yes Won 8 Filmfare awards
Won 2 National film awards
2005 Kaal
Co-produced with Red Chillies Entertainment
2006 Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Yes Yes Yes
2008 Dostana

2009 Kurbaan

Wake Up Sid
Won 3 Filmfare awards
2010 My Name Is Khan Yes Yes Yes Won 3 Filmfare awards
I Hate Luv Storys
Co-produced with Ronnie Screwvala's UTV Motion Pictures
We Are Family
co-produced with Sony Pictures
Won 1 Filmfare awards
2011 Koochie Koochie Hota Hain
Yes Yes An animated remake of the 1998 Hindi film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
2012 Agneepath

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Student Of The Year Yes Yes Yes Filming. Co-produced with Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment.
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

Dostana 2


National Film Awards

  • 1999: National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment (Director) - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Filmfare Awards

  • 1999: Best Director and Best Screenplay – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • 2002: Best Dialogue – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
  • 2011: Best Director – My Name Is Khan
  • 2002: Best Director – Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
  • 2004: Best Movie – Kal Ho Na Ho
  • 2008: Best Director – Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

IIFA Awards

  • 2001: Best Costume Designer – Mohabbatein
  • 2002: Best Dialogue – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
  • 2004: Best Story – Kal Ho Na Ho
  • 2011: Best Director - My Name Is Khan

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