Karan Johar who runs one of the most powerful production houses in Bollywood today, Dharma Productions, turns a year elder today and the party, for him, has just begun. This year, he got promoted to a dad and now, his priority is understandably his kids Yash and Roohi have become the most important part of his life now. Karan Johar turns 45 today and for the world, he is a super successful filmmaker and an astute businessman but in reality, he has essayed more roles than just one. Besides being the head honcho of Dharma, he has been a super loving son, an equally caring father and a friend to die for. Here’s looking at his amazing life story.
A loving son…
Well, we don’t need to tell you much about this side of this filmmaker for the world knows that he had dedicated his movie Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham to his parents, complete with its famous tagline: It’s All About Loving Your Family. As revealed by him in his recently released autobiography: The Unsuitable Boy, he remembers his dad Yash Johar fondly and states that he had always been extremely indulgent with him. He further stated that he had a unique relationship with both his parents. While his dad was more lenient, his mom was a strict disciplinarian. KJo lost his dad to cancer more than a decade ago but it really broke him down. He has somehow tried to explain us the gravity of the situation by writing this: In a sense, it was like our whole world had fallen apart. We were a strong unit of three and it was like one-third of it, the epicentre of that unit, was crumbling. Actually, the enormity of the situation didn’t hit us at that moment. But that night, when I went to Shah Rukh’s room — he was very, very, very close to my father — it really hit me like a ton of bricks. Farah Khan was there too. I told Shah Rukh. He broke down. Then I realized the reality of what was happening because he wept like a baby. He held his stomach, and he just wept and wept, as if from his core. He cried and said, ‘I’ve lost one father, I can’t lose another.’ ALSO READ: Baahubali 2 extortion racket: 6 arrested for blackmailing Karan Johar and other makers of the magnum opus
A protective dad…
Mark KJo’s protective stance as he takes his babies home for the first time from hospital
Karan Johar’s decision of having babies through surrogacy was met with a lot of surprise by the industry but then he had dropped major hints about the same in his biography. In a candid interview, he told a daily, “My life has changed since Roohi and Yash arrived. At 44, this is my biggest blockbuster. I still haven’t realised the enormity of what’s happened. They’re only two months old. And all they do is eat, sleep, burp, wail and poop. Kabhi khushi, kabhie gham! While I stare at them in wonder. But I can’t get over the fact that they are mine. It’s like a powerful switch has suddenly come on in my life, filling the emptiness in my personal space with new energy. I get teary-eyed just looking at them. It’s surreal to think of them as my daughter and son. It’s daunting even, but in a gorgeous way, when I wake up suddenly at night to remember that I have life breathing in the next room that I’m totally accountable for. My universe was Dad, Mom and films. But now there are Roohi and Yash. My two new friends.”
He has taken paternity leave to be with his kids and like his other roles, he would ace in this too.
An extraordinary mentor…
Karan with his favourite students Alia, Varun and Sidharth!
Karan Johar has been famously branded ‘nepotistic’ for giving big ticket Bollywood breaks only to star kids but all said and done, he sure knows how to give sound and useful advice to the new actors stepping into the big bad world of Bollywood. After all, he is the man behind Alia Bhatt’s clever film choices and Varun Dhawan’s confident swagger! Speaking about their beloved mentor Alia Bhatt had once told Vogue, “He is easy. On our first film, we were three newcomers, but Karan trusted us and let us do our job. He’s doesn’t have a ‘I-know-it-all’ attitude even though he is Karan and he should have it.” Sidharth too seconded this and added, “He has a lot of people’s skills. I have learnt from him the right way to deal with people, and that there is a certain amount of warmth that you are supposed to create in an environment—that is why people want to work with you, not only because you are talented. The goodness in Karan reflects in his work and in the people who want to work with him. He also has the art of asking people questions and not being offensive.”
We wish Karan Johar an amazing birthday and hope he shines on, entertaining us with his movies and overall magic!