Of course, there are big guns like Anurag Kashyap, Ashutosh Gowariker, Vishal Bhardwaj who make serious movies with agendas and propel Bollywood forward one step at a time with their masterpieces, but yet when asked about Bollywood’s favourite director, most millennials will choose Karan Johar as their pick. The relationship we’ve developed with him through his movies is one that few Bollywood directors can create. The music, the dialogues, the weightage and value he gives to relationships are all very unique.
He’s endeared himself to us with his wit, his way with words, his sportiness, his screen presence; which makes every award function and every talk show ravaging, and at times also his silent beautiful sadness. Karan Johar has seen an incredible rise in his career becoming one of Bollywood’s biggest and most talented directors for a man who never knew he’d even be a filmmaker. It’s been a few months since his autobiography ‘An Unsuitable Boy’ was released where he became open with the most candid and speculated topics of his life, which only put him higher in our regards.
On his 45th birthday today (May 25), we share some lesser known facts of his journey.
1. Karan was keen on the ‘K’ numerology.
His affinity for the letter K as evident as it was, faded off after he saw Lage Raho Munnabhai, as he realised its just a superstition.
2. Karan’s sexual orientation.
“People judge my sexuality because they think they own me, since I am in their living room every day as a TV personality.”
3. Losing his virginity.
“It just seemed a bit stupid; it seemed fake because obviously the person assigned to please you is going to please you artificially.”
4. Rift with Kareena Kapoor Khan.
Karan revealed that when he offered Kal Ho Na Ho to Bebo, who expressed her desired to be paid same as her co-star Shah Rukh Khan, which didn’t go down well with Karan, who then approached Preity Zinta for the role.
5. Relationship with Shah Rukh Khan.
“If I asked you if you are sleeping with your brother, how will you feel? For me, no matter what ups and downs Shah Rukh and I have been through, he is a father figure, an older brother to me.”
6. Karan’s fancy of a Masters in French degree.
On another note, he has one.
7. A parallel career in costume design.
What started out as picking out SRK’s outfits for his role as Raj Malhotra has today led to Karan Johar being among those known in the industry for their fashion acumen.
8. That contrary to popular belief, Shah Rukh Khan isn’t his most favourite actor to work with.
By his own admission, “Hrithik is obsessed with his work. We all are, but while all of us give 100% he gives 300%.”
9. That it has been his life’s dream to walk the red carpet at the prestigious Oscars.
“I want to walk the red carpet at the Oscars and winning an Oscar would be the most magical moment of my life. I want to make that speech and hold that trophy and say, ‘This is for you, India.’ That’s the line I have rehearsed for God knows how long. But that has to be for a Hindi language film,” divulged Karan.
10. That he used to dance to old Hindi songs as a kid.
A fact that even his parents didn’t know about until he confessed to them that he was a closet Bollywood buff and wanted to make his career in showbiz.
11. He made history.
In 2007, Karan Johar was chosen as one of 250 Global Young Leaders by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum 2006. On September 30, 2006, Johar became the first Indian filmmaker to be a jury member in the Miss World competition, in Warsaw, Poland.
12. He actually commenced his career as an actor.
I am sure you remember that guy from DDLJ as SRK’s best friend.
13. Karan is not a bookworm.
The mega talent and the script writer of blockbusters like ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho and My Name is Khan’ is not fond of reading. Still he has the sense of getting every move and shot correct when it comes to movies.
14. What happened with Kajol.
“Good friends” Kajol and Karan Johar reportedly turned foes during the release clash of their respective films Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shivaay. “I don’t want to say anything more (about her),” he told Shobhaa. “Chapters end. Books end. Relationships end.”
15. On an unforgettable experience while watching his own film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna which revolves around infidelity.
“When I was watching Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji’s lovemaking scene in KANK during a preview, a couple was sitting next to me. The man assured his wife that it is a dream sequence… As soon as they realised that it was actually happening in a KJo film, they left the hall!”