Karan Johar (born 25th May,1972) in spite of being the son of Yash Johar is an independent name by himself for his abilities as a producer, director and television anchor. His first appearance before the camera was in the super-hit romance Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge as Raj's close accomplice. Behind the scenes, he worked as assistant director, screenplay-writer and costume designer for the same. However he does not appear before the big screen much and he finds himself more adept at production and direction. Thus are born some of the most successful films of the new-age Bollywood - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001),Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) as director and Duplicate (1998), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Kaal (2005), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006),Dostana (2008) as producer. One catches him on the big screen in only a few films - Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Main Hoon Na (2004), Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak (2005),Alag (2006), Om Shanti Om (2007). Johar is an achiever at script writing also - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998),Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001),Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003),Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). Next in the offing is My Name is Khan which is due for release in 2009.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was a major hit and Johar became the recipient for eight Filmfare Awards in 1998 including the Best Movie, Best Director and all four Best Actor awards for both leading and supporting roles. Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam won him five Filmfare Awards.
The audience now see an otherwise shy Karan Johar in Koffee with Karan on the television where he chats up informally with some of the rich-and-famous of Bollywood. He has also played host to a few film award ceremonies in India, the last one being the Zee Cine Awards in 2006-2007. On September 30, 2006 he earned the respect of being the first Indian filmmaker to be a jury member in the Miss World competition, in Warsaw, Poland. Another feather in his cap was being selected as one of the 250 Global Young Leaders by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum 2006. He has also delivered speeches at some of the world's most prestigious academic institutions including the Harvard Business School of Harvard University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the New York University. In November 2006, he gave a talk in the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi.
Johar studied at the Greenlawns High School and did his post-graduation in French. He ascribes his film-career to his "cinematic upbringing". He still runs Dharma Productions, his father's production company.