Karan Johar

Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and television host

Karan Kumar Johar (born Ankul Kumar Johar, 25 May 1972), is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television personality who works in Hindi films.[3]

Karan Johar
Johar in 2016
Rahul Kumar Johar[1]

(1995-12-10) 10 December 1995 (age 28)
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
  • costume designer
  • television host
Years active1998–present
AwardsFull list
HonoursPadma Shri (2020)[2]

He is the son of producer Yash Johar, he made his directorial debut with the romantic comedy-drama Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). The film starred Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, and Rani Mukherji. The film was a blockbuster and earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Director and the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay. His next films, the group family melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) and the ensemble musical romantic drama Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), all starring Shah Rukh Khan, were both very successful in the national and global market. His social drama My Name Is Khan (2010) earned him his second Filmfare Award for Best Director. The 2018 spy thriller Raazi won him Filmfare Award for Best Film. These, along with the several successful films he has produced under the Dharma Productions banner, have considered him as one of the leading director-producers in Hindi cinema.

Johar has also volunteered successfully into other approaches to the entertainment industry. He hosts a television talk show, Koffee with Karan, a dating show What the Love! and a radio show Calling Karan, and appeared as a judge on competition reality shows Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, India's Got Talent, India's Next Superstars. Those shows have become very popular.

In 2020, he was granted with the Padma Shri award, the fourth-highest civilian honour of India.[4]


  1. Basu, Nilanjana (16 December 2018). "Koffee With Karan 6: Ayushmann Khurrana, Vicky Kaushal Discover Karan Johar Was Originally Named As..." NDTV. NDTV Convergence Limited. Archived from the original on 16 December 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  2. "Padma Awards 2020". Ministry of Home Affairs (Govt. of India). Archived from the original on 13 May 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  3. "Karan Johar opens up about his sexuality, virginity and Shah Rukh Khan in his new book". Archived from the original on 8 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  4. "Padma Shri for Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar, Kangana Ranaut and Adnan Sami". India Today. Ist. Archived from the original on 25 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.