Film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and a television personality, Karan Johar has done it all. He is one of the few personalities in the Indian film industry who is so multi-talented. Having set up his own brand of films, he is today synonymous with the world of romantic movies and scenarios. He is one of the few filmmakers we have today who always steps away from the filmmaking rulebook and has dishes out films that swing away from the conventional cinema.
Karan Johar entered the film industry as an assistant director on Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. His first directorial debut was blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Director and Screenplay for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Next, he donned the cap of director for his next project Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham in 2001. This film was also a blockbuster at the box office. As a director, all the films of Karan Johar were received very well at the box office. He directed movies like Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna (2006), My Name Is Khan (2010) and Student Of The Year (2012).
Through his production house, Dharma Production, Karan Johar has been carrying forward the legacy of his father Yash Johar. In addition to his own directorial work, Karan has produced several films like Kal Ho Na Ho, Dostana, I Hate Luv Storys, Agneepath, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and Kapoor & Sons under his production banner. As an actor, Karan appeared in Bombay Velvet as a grey character alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma. Another talent of Karan Johar is costume designing. He worked as a costume designer for Shah Rukh Khan on many films like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Duplicate, Mohabbatein, Main Hoon Na, Veer-Zaara and Om Shanti Om.
As one of the most popular TV personalities, Karan Johar is ruling the small screen with his celebrity talk show, Koffee With Karan. He has just completed the seventh season of the show and talks are on for the next one. He has also served as a judge on the reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa along with Madhuri Dixit and Remo D’Souza and India’s Got Talent along with Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher and Farah Khan.
Critiques often termed his movies as chauvinistic, unrealistic and overly focussed on wealthy characters with mansions and helicopters. But whatever his movies be termed as, they connect with the audience. And that’s what matters.