Happy Birthday Karan Johar: 10 unknown facts about the filmmaker and his blockbuster movies over the years

Happy Birthday Karan Johar: 10 unknown facts about the filmmaker and his blockbuster movies over the years

Karan Johar turns 47 today and the seasoned filmmaker and producer is in more ways than one a millennial personality in the industry. Be it his pout with eyes squinted or his loud and luxurious sartorial choices, Karan Johar is a favourite and equally loved by the young and old. The director has currently jetted off to New York for his birthday and will be ringing it in with his close designer pals. Karan, who became a proud father to twins Yash and Roohi, is one of the biggest Bollywood producers in the industry currently.

Though his latest mega project Kalank tanked massively at the box office, Karan saw an impressive run at the box office in 2018 with his productions like Simmba, Dhadak and Raazi. He has films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham, My Name Is Khan and Student of the Year to his credit. But did you know Karan Johar also has some acting stints to his credit?

Today on the director’s birthday, we take a look at some unknown facts about Karan Johar and his movies:

  1. Apart from being a director, Karan Johar has also tried his hand at acting. For his role as Kaizad Khambatta in “Bombay Velvet,” in which he plays the antagonist, he charged only 11 Rupee as his fee. While the reason for that still lies unknown, Karan Johar has since then regretted his decision.

2. His father Yash Johar wanted him to be an actor and was also ready to launch him to the box office under the Dharma Productions banner. However, Karan has confessed that he somewhere down the line knew that he was meant to be behind the camera. 

3. If it wasn’t for Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan or Sidharth Malhotra, Karan Johar would have launched Gulshan Grover’s son Sanjay Grover in Student of The Year. However, Sanjay declined SOTY offer.

4. After the 1998 superhit Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Karan’s second blockbuster as a director was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. It was one of the first Indian movies to have a making-of book written for it.

5. The multi starrer Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna had a great run at the box office back in 2006. It is reported that the idea for the movie  is said to have struck Johar, when he saw the movie ‘Before Sunset’ during his trip to London. The same day, he overheard a married couple parting ways at a restaurant. The movie and the incident moved him and he Karan decided to explore the idea.

6. He first started his career as an Assistant Director Aditya Chopra in the blockbuster film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” which till date is considered to be one of the most successful films in Indian cinema. 

7. My Name Is Khan was a break from the usual family dramas Karan Johar specialized in. The film which saw Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol fall in love was actually inspired from a book written by Chris and Gisela Slater-Walker titled An Asperger Marriage.

8. Karan Johar’s ambition is to walk the Oscar’s red carpet and win an Academy Award. He once said that he has been rehearsing his speech which would read: “This is for you, India,”.

9. Given his love for fashion, its not surprising that Karan Johar designed SRK’s costumes in Veer-Zaara and Dil To Pagal Hai. He was also the costume designer for Amitabh Bachchan in the blockbuster hit Mohabbatein.

10.  Karan Johar reportedly wrote the entire film script of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in just 30 days. Well, talk about talent.