Anonymous wrote on Nov 5 2009 5:08PM
Karan Johar, the illustrious filmmaker was born on 25th May, 1972 in Mumbai. The son of Hiroo Johar and noted Producer Yash Johar, he has Produced some blockbusters himself, under the banner of Dharma Productions. There have been speculations regarding his sexuality, but aside the silly controversies he has carved a niche for himself in Bollywood.
Karan and Bollywood:
Karan entered the film world as an actor and Assitant Director in the 1995 Aditya Chopra blockbuster Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. You might remember seeing a plump guy, wearing a cap at all times, named Rocky, who played Shah Rukh's buddy in the film. That was Karan!
In 1998 he co-produced Duplicate with his father and mother. The film, about identical twins, played by Shah Rukh, was average.
The same year Karan gave us Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). He Directed the film, wrote its story, screenplay and even the dialogues. And he picked a superb cast - Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherjee. A love story, sprinkled generously with comedy, the film got a stupendous response.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham released in 2001. Directed and written by Karan, this film starred Amitabh-Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh-Kajol, Hritik Roshan-Kareena Kapoor. True to the film's tag line "It's all about loving your parents", the movie revolved around the relationship between children and their parents. With beautful sets, catchy songs and stellar performances from the entire cast, the film was bound to be a superhit and so it was.
2 years after the success of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham he Produced Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) and wrote its story and screenplay. By now it seemed like he would cast Shah Rukh in all his films; he was the male lead in this movie too. The film also starred Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan. A tragic love story about a dying man and his supreme sacrifice, the film reduced the audience to tears. Needless to say it was a hit.
He co-produced Kaal in 2005 with his mom Hiroo Johar and Shah Rukh Khan. The thriller didn't do too well.
He came back as a Director with Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), writing the story and screenplay too. Based on extra marital affairs the film did excellent business abroad, though it was shrouded with controversy in India. People found it difficult to digest the message given out by the film, though the acting talents of the cast and soundtrack were appreciated.
In 2008 he Produced Dostana, a comedy showing gay relationships in a light vein. It starred Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra. It was one of the biggest hits of the year.
The next year he Produced the very fresh looking Wake Up Sid (2009). Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkana Sen Sharma, the film looks at the transition of the male protagonist from being a carefree college boy to a responsible yet child-at-heart mature adult. The film was liked not just by the college-going crowd but also by their parents. It's a hit!
Karan is involved with lots of projects at the moment. He is Directing and Producing My Name is Khan (to release in 2010), whose story is also written by him. He is the Producer and Writer of Step Mom (2010 release) and Kurbaan (2009 release).
Karan is known to have a great taste in clothes. This led to his skills being put to use for Shah Rukh's costumes in Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Duplicate (1998), Veer Zara (2004) and Main Hoon Na (2004). He was also one of the costume designers of Mohabbatein (2000) and Om Shanti Om (2007). Apart from the ones mentioned, it is touted that he takes a keen interest in the clothes designed for his cast, and gives his recommendations to the designer and actors.
Well Deserved Awards:
All of Karan's films have been nominated in several categories. Some of the awards he has won -
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai- Filmfare Best Director and Screenplay Award, Star Screen Best Director Award
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham - IIFA Best Dialogue Award, Filmfare Best Dialogue Award
Mohabbatein - IIFA Best Costume Desginer Award (with Manish Malhotra)
Kal Ho Naa Ho - Star Screen Best Screenplay Award
Did you know?
Karan was a part of the science fiction TV series Indradhanush (1989)