Karan Johar is an Indian film director, producer, and TV celebrity. Karan Johar is 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 formally entered the film industry as an actor, portraying Raj's (Shahrukh Khan) close friend in `Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge` (1995). He 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`, `Veer-Zaara ` (2004) and `Om Shanti Om` (2007).
Karan made his directorial debut with `Kuch Kuch Hota Hai` in 1998, which won eight Filmfare Awards including Best Movie, Best Director and all four Best Actor awards for both leading and supporting roles. His second directorial effort was the family drama, `Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham`, in 2001, also winning five Filmfare Awards. His 2003 film, `Kal Ho Naa Ho`, was directed by Nikhil Advani. His 2005 film, `Kaal` was directed by Soham Shah, Karan Johar's assistant director from `Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham`.
In May 2005, after taking a four-year break from directing, Johar began working on his third film as a director and fourth film as writer; `Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna`, (Never Say Goodbye).The movie was the highest grossing overseas film of all time. In November 2009, Karan ended shooting for his film `My Name Is Khan`, starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, reuniting them after seven years. The film released to overwhelmingly positive reviews and strong box office figures 12 February 2010, with a series of premieres in Abu Dhabi and Berlin.
He is also responsible for Hindi-language remake of 'Stepmom', called 'We Are Family', shot in Mumbai and Sydney, Australia. He made the film 'Agneepath' starring Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra and it was crically acclaimed. Karan also introduced three debutants Siddharth Malhotra, Varn Dhawan and Ali Bhatt in his film 'Student of the Year' (SOTY) which was liked by all. It did very well at the box-office as it was a youth oriented film.
Karan Johar was born in Mumbai, India to Indian Bollywood film producer Hiroo and Yash Johar, founder of Dharma Productions. He studied at the Greenlawns High School and attended H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, both in Mumbai. He received a Masters degree in French.