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Born: May 25, 1972 in Mumbai, Maharastra, India
Karan Johar is the son of the late Yash Johar and a popular Indian film director, producer, and TV celebrity. Karan Johar studied at the Greenlawns High School and attended H.R. College in Mumbai, India. Karan Johar has also received a Masters degree in French, and planned to move to Paris before he became involved in films. Dharma Productions, founded by his father, is his production company.
As a child, Karan Johar was mainly influenced by commercial Indian cinema, and he cites Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra and Sooraj R. Barjatya as his inspirations, calling it his "cinematic upbringing." Karan Johar formally entered the film industry as an actor. He was seen as Raj's close friend in the blockbuster movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). Karan Johar was also assistant director on this film and helped director Aditya Chopra in writing the screenplay for this film. In addition, he selected Shahrukh Khan's costumes, something he continued to do for Shahrukh Khan's other movies like Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Duplicate (1998), Mohabbatein (2000), Main Hoon Na and Veer-Zaara (2004) and Om Shanti Om (2007).
Karan Johar made his directorial debut in 1998 with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ( Something is Happening).
His second directorial effort, the multi-starrer family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was released in 2001. It was also highly successful. K3G, as the film is commonly abbreviated, went on to win five Filmfare Awards.
In 2003, Karan Johar produced and wrote the script for another extremely successful film Kal Ho Naa Ho, which was directed by Nikhil Advani, his assistant director from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Kal Ho Naa Ho translates to Tomorrow May Or May Not Come. The film starred Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta.
In early 2005, Karan Johar co-produced another movie with Shahrukh Khan, Kaal. This film was directed by Soham Shah, Johar's assistant director from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Johar did not write the script for Kaal. In May 2005, after taking a four-year break from directing, he began working on his third film as a director and fourth film as writer; Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, (Never Say Goodbye). It starred Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan and Kiron Kher. KANK, as the film is commonly abbreviated, released on August 11, 2006.
Karan Johar is also the host of a television chat show called Koffee with Karan commissioned by Star World, in which he interviews renowned celebrities from Bollywood and India's glamour world.
Karan Johar was chosen as one of 250 Global Young Leaders by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum 2006.
He will be directing his fourth movie named My Name Is Khan which will star Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. The movie will be released in 2009.