Director, Producer, Reality Show judge, Talk Show host and Actor (Remember Bombay Velvet and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge?) Well it is Bollywood favourite showman Karan Johar’s Birthday today. Karan Johar is synonymous with Bollywood and the head-honcho of leading production house Dharma Productions. In his career so far he has dabbled into film making and taking over the realms of production after his father Yash Johar’s death and also forayed as a talk show host on the famous ‘Koffee with Karan’. Besides he has also kept himself preoccupied with judging reality shows and also tried acting in Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet as Kaizaad Khambatta. As he turns 44 today we take a look at some of our favourite films from directed or produced by him, which we absolutely love. Also Read - Emmy-Winning Singer Adam Schlesinger Passes Away at 52 Due to Coronavirus
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1) Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Also Read - Chandan Roy Sanyal Talks About Corona Quarantine, Life as an Actor
This has to be at the top of the list! Easily one of the best love stories of the generation and Karan Johar’s debut, this film is a beauty in itself. The story of a widowed father Rahul and his eight year old daughter Anjali who vows to reunite her father with a former female friend, aso named Anjali and restore the love lost in his life after his wife Tina’s death. The film has just the correct amount of melodrama and a charming story with music, love and great acting performances. When Shah Rukh Khan as Rahul cries secretly on almost losing Kajol who essays Anjali our heart pines for them. We love!
2) Kal Ho Naa Ho
How we absolutely love this Dharma produced film. A love triangle with so much hurt and heart! Aman, Rohit and Naina become friends. Rohit loves Naina who in turn loves Aman. Aman, who is dying due to a heart complication decides to unite Rohit and Naina. This is easily one of the best love stories of the decade with a heart-breaking soundtrack. The fresh visuals of New York city were a treat too.
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3) Wake Up Sid
A slice of film, this enchanting film makes it to one of our favourite youth centric films in recent times. Sid essayed by Ranbir Kapoor is a happy go lucky guy who loves to enjoy and live life to the fullest meets the ambitious and independent Aisha played by Konkona Sen Sharma. It is about discovering your dreams, passions and also taking a break and living life to the hilt. The film showed Mumbai like never before and we absolutely love.
4) My Name is Khan
This Karan Johar directed film is different from the love stories he is known to make. A realistic and highly emotional love story between an autistic Muslim man Rizwan Khan and his Hindu wife Mandira ,who under circumstances of politics, Islamophobia and a life – altering incident separate from each other. Rizwan decides to take matters in his own hands and decides to meet the president of America to sort out the ongoing mess in his life and win back his wife Mandira’s love. Poignant and one of Karan Johar’s best works.
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5) Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
This old wine in a new bottle is packed with glamour, songs & dance, friendship, love, emotions, travel and weaves together to make a thoroughly relatable and enjoyable film. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is quite inspired by a spate of previous Hindi movie love stories, a few of Karan johar’s own, but what works is its wonderful packaging to suit new audiences, some lovely moments and a gorgeous screen pair in Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika padukone. One of our favourite love stories in recent times, we like.
6) Kapoor & Sons
Not just one of the best films to come out in recent times but also easily the best Karan Johar produced film! Kapoor & Sons is the story of two distant brothers who are forced to reunite after their aged grandfather suffers a heart attack. Though the family is back together under the same roof, the differences are obvious. As time passes by hidden skeletons stumble out of the closet and tempers fly. The dysfunctional family finally resolves its differences and reunites in a happy way. The film is compelling, soul-stirring and brilliant. It deals with the theme of love, death, life, family and homosexuality. Priceless.
Article by Anwaya Mane