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Karan Kumar Johar,is the son of Hiroo Johar and the producer Yash Johar and is often informally referred to as KJo. He is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television personality who works in Hindi films.

Full NameKaran Dharma Kama Johar
Real Name(s)Rahul Kumar Johar, Karan Kumar Johar
Profession(s)Director, Producer, Writer, TV Host
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet inches- 5’ 10”
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth1972-05-25 00:00:00
Age (as in 2020)48 Years
BirthplaceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Zodiac signGemini
SignatureKaran Johar's Signature
HometownMumbai, Maharashtra, India
SchoolGreenlaws High School, Mumbai
College/UniversityH.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai
Educational QualificationM. A. in French
DebutFilm (Director): Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Film (Actor): Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Film (Producer): Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
TV (Actor): Indradhanush (1989)
CasteNot Known
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Address2nd Floor, Supreme Chambers, 17-18 Shah Industrial Estate, Unit No 201 202, Off Veera Desai Road, Andheri (West), Mumbai – 400053 (Dharma Productions Office)
HobbiesCollecting Old Things and Antiques
Awards, HonoursNational Film Awards
1999: Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment (Director) for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Filmfare Awards
1999: Best Director Award for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
2002: Best Dialogue Award – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
2011: Best Director Award – My Name Is Khan
IIFA Awards
2001: Best Costume Designer for Mohabbatein
2002: Best Dialogue for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
2004: Best Story for Kal Ho Na Ho
2011: Best Director for My Name Is Khan
Note: Along with these, he has many other awards, honours, and achievements to his name.
Controversies• He had a twitter battle with Ram Gopal Varma after the release of Student of the Year in 2012. The whole thing started when RGV tweeted, "If someone takes off from Karan Johar's 'Student of the year' and makes Teacher of the year it will become the Disaster of the year." After which Karan replied that, "Disaster of the year is your territory one can ever replace the comfortable place you have made for yourself there".
• In 2015, an FIR was lodged against Karan and actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor for their participation in the controversial 'AIB Roast'.
• After the trailer of Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay Devgan's Shivaay, KRK gave a biased reviews in favor of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Following it, Ajay Devgan claimed that Karan Johar paid KRK for the trailer reviews.
• After the Uri attack in September 2016, political parties such as MNS and Shiv Sena gave Pakistani actors an ultimatum to leave India and told the Bollywood filmmakers to exclude their scenes in the films. Though, Pakistani actors such as Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan left India but Karan continuously supported them on twitter. Following this, MNS threatened Karan by saying that they would beat him up if he will continue to work with Pakistani actors.
• Following Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide on 14 June 2020, Karn Johar was criticized by many for promoting nepotism in Bollywood. His name also appeared in an F.I.R. filed in Bihar against some Bollywood personalities, including Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Salman Khan, and Ekta Kapoor. [1]
Girls, Affairs and More
Sexual OrientationGay
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
ChildrenSon- Yash (Surrogate)
Daughter- Roohi (Surrogate)
ParentsFather- Late Yash Johar (Producer)
Mother- Hiroo Johar
SiblingsBrother- None
Sister- None
Favourite Things
FoodParsi Food
ActorShah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Rishi Kapoor
ActressMeryl Streep, Kajol, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor
FilmDilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
DestinationNew York
TV ShowThe Golden Girls
Drink(s)Saint Emilion (Wine), Dom Perignon (Pink champagne)
Fashion BrandGivenchy
RestaurantStarbucks Coffee in Mumbai
SongDafli Wale Dafli Baja [2]
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionJaguar XF
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)Rs. 6-8 crore/TV show season
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 835 Crore ($172 million)

Some Lesser Known Facts About Karan Johar

  • Does Karan Johar Smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Karan Johar Drink Alcohol?: Yes
  • As a kid, he loved dancing to old Hindi songs and was a big Bollywood buff since his childhood.
  • He wanted to become a hair stylist at the age of 4, a doctor at 10, then a copywriter at 15, and finally, at 20, he got stable at becoming a filmmaker.
  • In 1989, he was first seen in a Doordarshan TV’s Serial Indradhanush as Shrikant.
  • Karan made his first Bollywood appearance in the movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) as Rocky.
  • Karan was once superstitious regarding letter ‘K’ and believed that this letter brings success and fame for his movies. So, he came up with movies named Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. However, after watching Lage Raho Munna Bhai, he gave up his this belief and tried other letters as initials in his film’s names.
  • He is very much attached to his mother and often addressed as ‘Mumma’s Boy’.
  • Karan has also been a costume designer for his close friend Shah Rukh Khan in films- DDLJ, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Duplicate, Main Hoon Na, Veer-Zaara, Om Shanti Om, and many more.
  • Before stepping into direction, he assisted famous director Late Yash Chopra. Moreover, his mother is the youngest sister of Late Yash Chopra.
  • His ultimate goal is to bag an Oscar. He once shared that he wants to walk the red carpet with Oscar in his hand and he would love to hold that trophy and say, “This is for you, India.”
  • He can speak French very fluently; as he holds a master degree in French
  • Karan is a cricket freak and loves playing it whenever he gets some time.
  • In 2006, he became the first Indian filmmaker to become a jury member in the Miss World contest held in Warsaw, Poland.
  • He was chosen as one of the 250 Global Young Leaders in 2007 by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum 2006.
  • Apart from Former Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, he was the only Indian who had been invited for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.
  • Although he manages to get every shot correct on his sets, he hates reading scripts.
  • In 2015, he played a negative role of Kaizad Khambatta in the film Bombay Velvet and he charged only ₹11 as his fee.
  • He loves wearing velvet jackets.
  • For his direction “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, he wrote the entire film script in 30 days.
  • Although Karan’s best friend is Shah Rukh Khan, he is very impressed with Hrithik Roshan‘s work, and once said that we all in the film industry work hard, but whereas all of us give 100%, Hrithik gives his 300%.
  • Before directing films, he assisted famous Late Yash Chopra.
  • He had a crush on Twinkle Khanna (now, the wife of Akshay Kumar).
  • During an interview with NDTV, he revealed that at one point of time in his life, he suffered from depression and anxiety attacks.
  • In March 2017, he became a single parent to twins- son Yash Johar and daughter Roohi through surrogacy. He delivered a TED talk on a letter to his children.
  • As per his mother, he is a very sensitive and emotional person; the attributes which he has been carrying since his childhood.
  • Karan hates replying to people on mail and it is like a torture to him. He told that his secretary replies to more than half of his emails, and to the remaining personal ones, he prefers calling personally and replying.
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