His Journey as a Director, Producer, Screen Writer, Costume designer, and Television personality:
Karan Johar, often known as KJo, is a film director, producer, screen writer, costume designer, and Television Personality. He entered the film industry as an assistant director for the film Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, which is considered as a landmark in Hindi cinema. His directorial debut was Kuch Kuch Hota Hain, which earned a great fame in 1998. His other two films were Kabhi Khus Kabhi Gham(2001), and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehena (2006) which again were a huge success. Johar's fourth directorial venture was the counter-terrorism drama 'My Name is Khan'. He then played the role of Director for the movies 'Student of the Year' (2012) and 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" (2016). These along with several other films he has produced under the name 'Dharma Productions' earned him major successes.
Johar played a minor role of actor in the film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. He also made a brief yet prominent appearance in some of the movies, namely: Om Shanti Om, Fashion, and Lucky By Chance. He played a role of full-fledged actor in the movie Bombay Velvet.
Johar has also worked as a Custome Designer for Shah Rukh Khan in many films like: Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai, Duplicate, Mohabbatein, Main Hoon Na, Veer Zara, and Om Shanti Om.
Johar has also made an entry to Television shows. He is the host of Koffee with Karan, a celebrity-based talk show where he interviews actors, directors, producers, and other prominent members of the Hindi film industry. The first season aired from 2004 to 2005, the second season aired in 2007, the third season aired from 2010 to 2011, the fourth season aired from 2013 to 2014, and the fifth season started airing on 6 November 2016.
Since 2012, he has also served as a judge on the reality shows Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
Achievements and Recognitions:
Karan Johar has achieved several awards for his varied roles in Indian Film and Entertainment Industry, few of them include:
Awards of the International Indian Film Industry
2002 - Award for Technical Excellence - Best Dialogue for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.
2001 - Award for Technical Excellence - Best Costume Designer for Mohabbatein Shared with: Manish Malhotra
2002 - Filmfare Award - Best Dialogue for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.
1992 - Filmfare Award - Best Director for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
1992 - Filmfare Award - Best Screenplay for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
Screen Weekly Awards
2004 - Screen Award - Best feature Film for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.
2004 - Screen Award - Best Director Film for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.
Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films
2002 - Audience Award - Feature Film for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Karan Johar opens up about his sexual orientation for the first time
Johar talks about him being traumatized by the rumors about him and Shah Rukh Khan, who he calls 'a father figure, an old brother'.
Karan Johar says, "I lost my virginity at 26. Yes, it is true. Why would I say this on record if it were not? It's not something I am proud of. It was in New York. Up till that point, I was sexually completely inexperienced. Even when I was a kid, I was very backward in this department. I still remember the first time someone told me about blow jobs.
There was a kid in class who told me, 'You know what a blow job is?' I said, 'No, what is it? I've heard about it, though.' He said, 'You take off all your clothes and put your fan on high speed, and that's a blow job.' I said, 'I can do that. What is the big deal in that?' And at 12, I remember, I removed my clothes and put my fan on full speed. Later, I told him about it and he said, 'You did it!' I said, 'Yeah, yeah, I did it three times.' He said, 'You had three blow jobs yesterday!' I said, 'Yeah, I had three blow jobs.'
While growing up, I was combating a hundred issues in my head. The thought of sex made me awkward; it almost rattled me. I thought, am I asexual? Why am I not feeling this? Why am I not doing anything? There was a lot of turbulence in my head. For me to address it, talk about it, discuss it, was a big no-no. I brushed it under the carpet all through the making of 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' and 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'.
At that time, I was also very large and was grappling with my weight issues. I felt physically undesirable. Post 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', I had actually started working a little on my looks. I had lost some weight and had groomed myself a bit. Finally, I had developed a little spring in my step, a little confidence. That's when my first encounter happened, after the release of 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', out of the country.