KARAN Johar is one of the most popular and bankable producers in Indian cinema. The filmmaker carried forward his father Yash Johar’s legacy with Dharma Productions and has since established himself as a top producer in the Hindi film industry. But Karan’s true passion lies in directing films.
As the owner of Dharma Productions, Karan doesn’t get much time to direct his own movies. It doesn’t come as a surprise that his latest film Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani (2023) released nearly 7 years after his last directorial Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016).
Within 2 weeks of its release, Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani collected over Rs 100 crore in India and overall Rs 200 crore worldwide. With the success of his latest film, Karan ensured his 100% success ratio at the box office remains unchanged.
One Of The Few Indian Directors With Only Hits Under Their Name
Karan is one of those rare Indian filmmakers who enjoy a perfect success ratio. All his 7 movies have been hits, a feat only a handful of directors including Rajkumar Hirani and SS Rajamouli enjoy.
With his very first film, Karan proved that he was here to stay. With a stellar cast of Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) became an all-time blockbuster. Over the years, the film established itself as a classic romantic film and is still enjoyed by the audiences 25 years after its theatrical release.
Following his debut, Karan went on to showcase the grandeur of rich Indian families with Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), which turned out to be a blockbuster. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006 and My Name Is Khan (2010) too turned out to be big successes, and were also declared as hits overseas.
A new era for Karan began by launching 3 new stars in Bollywood: Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan with the coming-of-age rom-com Student of the Year (2012). Although the film was a semi-hit, the filmmaker turned it into a franchise and marked Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria’s debut with the second installment in the series.
Ranbir Kapoor-led Ae Dil Hai Mushkil too became an instant hit at the box office despite facing a tough clash against Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay. And now Alia and Ranveer Singh’s Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani has added another feather to his illustrious hat.
Karan’s True Passion Lies In Directing Hindi Movies
While Karan is an ace producer, his true passion lies in directing movies. In an interview during the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, he spoke about how he wants to leave an archive of his films as his legacy.
“My primary passion is to direct films and I want to make one film every two years because my gaps become longer. I think, next year, I need to do some adjustments so that I can direct many films. I am not getting any younger and I feel that I need to leave an archive of many movies behind,” Karan told PTI in an interview.
Why His Cinema Is Loved By The Audiences
In a career spanning over 25 years, Karan has established his own genre of cinema, bringing back the quintessential Masala Bollywood back to the theaters. Grand sets, stellar ensemble cast, dialogues that become iconic, big budget song and dance sequences and of course, highlighting family values like no other.
In his cinema, the audience cries and laughs all at once. There are colors, family, songs, happiness and joy; films which make people happy and leave them with a smile on their face and warmth in the heart when they walk out of the theaters.
With the box office success and positive reviews for Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, Karan has reinstated that the magic of mainstream Hindi cinema can only be created by him.
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