There might have been Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham in director Karan Johar's life who has turned 40 today. But there's a remarkable difference between Karan Johar at 26 and 'the KJo' at 40.
At 26, he was the debutante director of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, who showed great potential. At 40, he's a man with many hats. He's a notable director who got critical acclaim for his latest directorial venture My Name Is Khan, he's also a prolific producer who has given the biggest hit of 2012, Agneepath. And yes he's making waves on Twitter as well. He has crossed the million followers mark on the micro-blogging site. If you thought this is it, KJo is also co-judging Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa with Madhuri Dixit.
Starting out as an assitant director in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, Karan Johar reportedly helped Aditya Chopra in developing the screenplay of the film also. He also did a bit role in the landmark romcom.
He shot to prominence with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which was a huge success in every possible way. The film not only did exceedingly well commercially, it also won a National Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. KJo had arrived in a big way.
Then came Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham which minted money at the box office again and took away five filmfare awards. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna broke records in overseas, not in India though. My Name Is Khan again was an overseas blockbuster. Coming up next is Student Of The Year which stars an array of newcomers.
Though Johar Jr has worked both in the capacity of a director and a producer, his success rate has been enormous. So how does he manage to keep up his Dostana with the box-office?
Karan seems to have a strong business acumen that often sniffs talent. So be it Nikhil Advani, who directed Kal Ho Na Ho for him or Tarun Mansukhani who churned out an interesting gay comedy in the form of Dostana or for that matter Ayan Mukherjee who made Wake Up Sid, Karan Johar has been picking the right directors for his 'babies' (read production ventures). He can even trust a new director with a project and make it successful. Karan Malhotra's Agneepath and Shakun Batra's Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu were both helmed by debutante directors.
Karan Johar has now decided to partner with Rohit Shetty of Golmaal fame. This is the first time Dharma Productions, under Karan’s reign, has signed on an established director for a film.
His formula seems to have worked so far. Will it work for Abhishek Bachchan starrer Dostana 2 and Ranbir-Deepika's Ye Jawani Hai Deewani? If we look at his track record, there's a high chance of success.
Directors launched by Karan Johar
Nikhil Advani (Kal Ho Na Ho, 2003)
Soham Shah (Kaal, 2005)
Tarun Mansukhani (Dostana, 2008)
Ayan Mukerji (Wake Up Sid, 2009)
Rensil D’Silva (Kurbaan, 2009)
Punit Malhotra (I Hate Luv Storys, 2009)
Siddharth Malhotra (We Are Family, 2010)
Karan Malhotra (Agneepath, 2012)
Shakun Batra (Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, 2012)
KJo's birthday party is reportedly themed Naughty@40, which will see Johar’s Bollywood friends throwing many a ‘naughty’ surprise his way. SRK, Salman are expected to attend the event.