Would You Cry Your Whole Life Because You Are Different Or Be A Brand? Read What He Chose To Do.
Life is all about enduring what we don’t anticipate. Life does not proceed as per our proficiency but we act as per life’s prerequisites. We invade in this world unaccompanied by anything and we exit without unescorted by anything. It is the survival between, which makes us either a brand or sand.
Hiccups are with everyone, some give up and some rise up. Those who rise up become an inspiration and those who give up become a lesson. I am going to explore the life of one such person, who never gave up despite of his evocative childhood, wearing youth and lonesome adulthood. So, Let’s dive in the pool of his life and scrutinize every corner. Let’s absorb his struggles and get inspired. Who knows, some of you might be looking for a glimpse of motivation?
An admiring producer of 90’s, Late Yash Johar, is not an unfamiliar persona. He launched his own production house which is famous as, Dharma Productions today.
On 25 May, 1972, his wife, Hiroo Johar, gave birth to a baby boy in Mumbai. That baby boy is appreciated as Karan Johar or KJo, as few of them like to call him.
Now you might be inquisitive about what is there so inspiring in his story that I am ranting about? Some of you might think, born in a house of a producer, he might have silver spoon in his mouth and things would have come easily to him. No! Every person has some struggles to do, isn’t it? Wait till you read on.
Karan Johar might be a big name today, but once he was a vulnerable and intimidated child, who has faced some horrible experiences and still stood out.
Karan Johar got his schooling from the Greenlaws High School, Mumbai. His childhood was not a cakewalk. Children used to call him ‘pansy’ because he was effeminate as a child and he used to spend sleepless nights pondering over the fact that he was different from everyone. Horrible enough!
The only thing that kept him going was his parent’s support. As every parent, his parents too stood beside him, encouraged him and helped him being a brand. He later attended H.R College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai. He has even managed to get a Master’s degree in French as well.
As a child, he was influenced by commercial Indian Cinema and always wanted to step in the industry. But somehow, he was kept far from it. He used to look at the industry from a distance, and his eyes used to shine like a diamond, probably he knew he is going to be big. He mentions the legendaries Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra and Sooraj Barjatya as his inspirations.
Karan started out his career as an assistant director on Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge in 1995. He designed costumes as well for Shah Rukh Khan in that movie and then later got an award for best costume designer.
He never gave a shot to the thought of becoming a director or a producer but his dear and close friends, the King Khan ShahRukh Khan and the ace producer/director Aditya Chopra, pushed him to do this. And then he made his directorial debut in 1998 with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which turned out to be a blockbuster. That is the reason; he calls Aditya Chopra his teacher.
His directorial debut made him win many awards that year, which included Filmfare award for best director and best screenplay. He won National award that year for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai being the national film. This film proved out to be best popular film providing wholesome entertainment and won the award for the same. The awards list was very long.
When everything was going smooth and steady, then suddenly destiny played its role and something big and devastating happened. His father died in 2004, which left him shattered from head to toe. He was really close to his father and didn’t even know how to take a single step without him. With the death of his father, he decided to shut down his company because he was unaware of the procedures to run a company. He decided to direct films for other producers. And that was the time when in his case, the saying ‘If there is a will, there is a way’ proved to be right. It’s correctly phrased, “When one door gets locked, second opens.”
Karan decided to shut out Dharma Productions when a big star from the industry called him to meet up. He handed a sealed envelope to Karan, which happened to be his father’s letter addressed to him. The letter stated every bit of information that was needed to take the production house high. His father wanted him to take the legacy ahead.
He, then, decided to fulfill his father’s dream. He served that letter as his Bible and followed religiously. He took over his production house and started working hard day and night. He didn’t leave any stone unturned to make his house worthy enough. He gave many outstanding blockbuster movies under his banner. He even started collaborating with other producers and made many hits.
And then he never turned back.
He followed numerology for creating his film titles for a long time. His movies used to start with an alphabet “K”. But then after watching Lage Raho Munna Bhai, he stopped this.
His counter terrorism drama, My name is Khan, earned him his second Filmfare award for best director.
He then came into view on television, in 2004, as a host of a celebrity based talk show, named Coffee with Karan, where he interviews actors, directors, producers and other prominent members of the Hindi Film Industry. This show has been around the television with four seasons.
On 30 September, 2006, he became the first Indian filmmaker to be a jury member in the Miss World competition, in Warsaw, Poland. In 2007, he was chosen as one of 250 young leaders by the Geneva based World Economic Forum 2006.
He is the second person to be invited for the opening ceremony of London Olympics except Dr. Manmohan Singh. In 2012, he started judging reality shows like Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and India’s Got Talent.
He made his acting debut in 2015 with Bombay Velvet, starring against Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma. He is a director, a producer, a screenwriter, a costume designer, an actor, a judge and a bit of a dancer. And now I guess an inspiration too.
His story changed my vision. Did it change yours?