Happy Birthday Karan Johar: The most popular and accomplished filmmaker of Bollywood, Karan Johar celebrates his 48th birthday on May 25.
A close friend of Shahrukh Khan, he assisted Yash Chopra’s Yash Raj Films during the early days of his career, making his directorial debut with the mega-hit Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). He also has a popular chat show named Koffee with Karan (2004). The success of “KKHH” made him one of the most high-profile directors in the Hindi-language Mumbai Film industry, popularly known as Bollywood.
Also a close friend of Aditya Chopra, he has been a creative member of Yash Raj productions such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Veer-Zaara (2004), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), and Mohabbatein (2000).
Johar’s success has guaranteed him worldwide distribution of his production company, Dharma Productions, for many years to come.
Amid lockdown, this filmmaker is proactive on social media has been on a spree of sharing cute videos of his kids Yash and Roohi.
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On his birthday, we decided to list down some unknown facts about Karan Johar aka KJO:
- Karan holds a Masters degree in French.
- Most of his movies, began with ‘K’ as he believed in numerology. But he stopped the practice after he saw ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai‘ which talked about it.
- The idea for “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna,” came when he saw the movie “Before Sunset,” during his trip to London.
- He is the first Indian filmmaker to be a Jury Member in the Miss World Competition, held in Poland on September 30, 2006.
- For his role in “Bombay Velvet“, he charged only 11 Rupee as his fee.
- Johar was one of the world’s best “250 Global Young Leaders,” chosen by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum, in the year 2007.
- His second blockbuster, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…” was the first Indian movie to have a ‘making-of’ book written.
- The script of his movie “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna,” was invited to be included in the library of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- He wrote the entire film script of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,” in just 30 days.
- He is also the only Indian apart from former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to have been invited for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.