Karan Johar Age, Children, Family, Biography

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Education: M. A. In French
Age: 52 Years
Hometown: Mumbai

Karan Johar

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.)5' 10" (178 cm)
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth25 May 1972 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2024)52 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)
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Film (Actor): Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Karan Johar's Acting Debut DDLJ
Film (Producer): Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
Karan Johar's Production Debut Kal Ho Naa Ho
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)
Carter Road, Bandra, Mumbai (Home)
HobbiesCollecting Old Things and Antiques
Awards, HonoursNational Film Awards
1999: Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment (Director) for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
2023: Special Jury Award for the film ‘Shershaah,’ presented by Droupadi Murmu, the President of India, in New Delhi on 17 October 2023
Karan Johar while receiving the Special Jury Award from Droupadi Murmu at the 69th National Film Awards (2023)
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

State Awards

2020: Padma Shri
Karan Johar receiving Padma Shri from President Ram Nath Kovind

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'.
Karan Johar in 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]PINKVILLA

• In September 2020, Karan Johar's name appeared in the Bollywood drug row, which had been started following the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. In a series of investigations by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), many Bollywood celebrities were questioned by the agency in which Kshitij Prasad, a former employee of Dharmatic Entertainment (the digital arm of Dharma Productions), was also arrested. Soon after the arrest of Kshitij Prasad, many news channels started airing a video of 2019 hosted by Karan Johar in which many Bollywood celebrities, including Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Vicky Kaushal, Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, and Deepika Padukone, and filmmakers Zoya Akhtar and Ayan Mukerji, were claimed to be high on drugs. [2]News 18 However, Karan Johar, through a post on his Twitter handle, denied any such drug party hosted by him.
A Twitter post of Karan Johar denying to host any drug party in Bollywood

Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan had gay encounter
In an interview in May 2024, Suchitra Ramadurai claimed that her ex-husband Karthik Kumar had gay encounter with Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan in London. According to Suchitra, these Bollywood celebrities often visit countries where 'gay sex' is legal. She said,

"Once when Karthik was on a London trip, he did meet Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan, and they did hang out on a lane full of bars. They were cross-dressed. This is something that Karan and Shah Rukh often do when they go abroad. They visit a gay area dressed in such a manner. They merge in that vibe and enjoy the night." [3]The Free Press Journal
Relationships & More
Sexual OrientationGay
Marital StatusUnmarried
ChildrenSon- Yash (Surrogate)
Daughter- Roohi (Surrogate)
Karan Johar With His Twins
ParentsFather- Late Yash Johar (Producer)
Karan Johar with his father
Mother- Hiroo Johar
Karan Johar with his mother
SiblingsBrother- None
Sister- None
Cousin Brothers- Aditya Chopra, Uday Chopra
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 [4]Tellychakkar
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionJaguar XF
Karan Johar Jaguar XF
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)Rs. 6-8 crore/TV show season
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 835 Crore ($172 million)

Karan Johar

Some Lesser Known Facts About Karan Johar

  • 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 Johar and Shah Rukh Khan in DDLJ
  • 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. Karan Johar's K Letter Direction
  • 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. Karan Johar Hates Reading On Sets
  • In 2015, he played a negative role of Kaizad Khambatta in the film Bombay Velvet and he charged only ₹11 as his fee. Karan Johar in Bombay Velvet
  • 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%.
  • 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.
  • While talking about the casting process of the film ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…,’ in an interview, Karan mentioned that his father called him mad when he learned that Karan wanted to cast Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, and Kajol in one film. According to Karan, he, however, met Amitabh Bachchan first, respecting his seniority. He then met Jaya Bachchan separately and read the script for her. Karan added that Shah Rukh Khan immediately agreed to work in the film, and Kajol became emotional when Karan went to meet her. In the interview, Karan mentioned that when he read the script for Kareena Kapoor, she saw her role as iconic. [5]The Indian Express