Formally known and referred to as KJO, the full name of this renowned Indian actor, screenwriter, film director, producer, costume designer, and TV personality is Karan Johar.
Asides from being the son of acclaimed Bollywood movie producer Yash Johar, Karan has also carved out a niche for himself in the industry and has recorded his own successes, it wouldn’t be wrong and out of place to say that he is one of the greatest things that has happened to the Indian movie industry.
Karan Johar was born on the 25th day of May 1972 in Mumbai. He is the only child born to Indian film producer Yash Johar, and wife Hiroo Johar.
He attended Greenlawns High School, Mumbai and the H.R College of Commerce and Economics also in Mumbai. He has a Masters degree in French.
Karan’s father Yash Johar is renowned Indian Movie producer who was known for upholding Indian tradition and family values in the movies he produced. He founded Dharma Productions (a Hindi film production and distribution company).
Johar died on 26th of June 2004 in Mumbai, after battling with a chest infection, before then, he was also fighting cancer. He was aged 74 at the time of his death.
Karan Johar’s love for the screen dates back to his childhood days. He cites Sooraj R. Barjatya, Raj Kapoor, and Yash Chopra as his major influencers as a child. He began his career first as an actor before going into directing, production and all other aspects of filmmaking he is now popularly known for.
His first credited role was at the age of seventeen when appeared as ‘Shrikant’ in 1989 Doordarshan Serial Indradhanush. In 1995, he played the role of Shah Rukh Khan’s friend in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (a movie he was an assistant director in). Since then, Karan Johar has made cameo appearances in films like Om Shanti Om (he played himself), Luck by Chance, and Fashion.
He began directing in 1995, acting as an Assistant Director in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, with Aditya Chopra, as the main director. He made his first directorial debut directing 1998 blockbuster romance film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The film became a major Box Office hit, received positive reviews from critics, won National Film Award for the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. It also won the major awards at the 44th Filmfare Awards, including four acting awards, Best Film and Best Director awards.
After Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, his next directorial venture was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, a family drama which starred Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, and Shah Rukh Khan.
He also directed 2006 romantic drama Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, 2010 counter-terrorism drama My Name Is Khan,( which earned him his second Filmfare Award for Best Director), 2012 Student of the Year. In 2013, he teamed up with directors like Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap, and Zoya Akhtar to direct an anthology film Bombay Talkies – a collection of four short films produced to celebrate the centenary year of Hindi cinema.
In 2016, he directed Romantic drama Dil Hai Mushkil, which he also wrote. The film which received positive reviews from critics starred the likes of Anushka Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
After the death of his father, Karan Johar took over Dharma Productions and has produced several films by other directors under Dharma banner and many of the films have recorded huge successes. Some of these movies include I Hate Luv Storys, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Agneepath, Kapoor & Sons, 2 States, and Dostana.
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As a costume designer, he has worked on the movie sets of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Main Hoon Na, Mohabbatein, Dil To Pagal Hai, Duplicate, Om Shanti Om, and Veer-Zaara.
Karan Johar has been hosting a celebrity-based talk show – Koffee with Karan since 2004. On the show, he interviews prominent stars of the Hindi film industry, directors, producers, and others. He has also served as a judge on reality shows like India’s Got Talent, India’s Next Superstars, and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
Is Karan Johar Gay? Wife, Kids, Boyfriend
There has been so much buzz and speculation about Karan Johar’s sexual orientation In 2017 the filmmaker addressed the issue in his biography, An Unsuitable Boy. In the book, Johar stated that he didn’t need to spell out his sexual orientation which everyone already knew because he lives in a country that has not yet accepted his kind and that he could be arrested and jailed.
According to him, he has a job, commitment to his company, to the people who work for him and over a hundred others that he is answerable to, thus, he need not go to the courts because of ridiculous, completely bigoted individuals who have no education, and no intelligence.
In the book, he also straightens out his relationship with Shah Rukh Khan, whom many have rumored he is in a romantic relationship with, stating that he is a father figure and an older brother to him and for their relationship to be looked at that way and be subjected to such rumors was just ridiculous.
Although the multi-talented actor/director, isn’t married and wouldn’t reveal who his partner is, he is a proud father of two adorable children (twins), who he had through surrogacy. His twins are a boy and a girl. The boy’s name is Yash after his late father and his daughter’s name Roohi was coined from his mother’s name Hiroo.
His Height And Other Body Measurements
The multiple award-winning Producer/Director stands at a height of 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) weighing 77 Kg (170 Pounds). His other Body Measurements are 40-34-12 Inches. Waist Size 34 Inches, Chest Size 40 Inches, and Biceps Size 12 Inches.