Karan Johar
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Dharma Productions


Principal / Writer / Director / Producer

Karan Johar found himself the victim of political tensions between India and Pakistan in 2016 because a political party made capital of him casting Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” and threatened to block the film’s release. Johar arrived at a compromise with the party and had the last laugh when the film proved to be a major box office hit.

A much happier experience happened with “Koffee with Karan” a celebrity talk show hosted by Johar that is in its fifth season on the Star TV network and as popular as ever. Johar’s Dharma Productions, one of India’s leading production houses, remains busy, releasing co-productions “Kapoor & Sons,” “Baar Baar Dekho,” and “Dear Zindagi,” besides “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,” with “OK Jaanu” and “Badrinath Ki Dulhania” due in 2017.

The value of Johar in the Indian entertainment space is emphasized by the fact that Amazon Prime Video India’s first announced licensing deal for feature film content was with Dharma.

Johar debuted as director in 1998 with “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” and has since directed a string of successful films including “My Name is Khan” and “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham”. Since Karan succeeded his father Yash Johar as the head of Dharma, the company has produced more than 30 films and television programmes. Johar is one of the most visible faces of the Indian entertainment industry.




  • H.R. College of Commerce and Economics (India)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Karan Johar to Ascend ‘Throne’

Karan Johar to Ascend ‘Throne’

Indian filmmaker, producer and television personality, Karan Johar is returning to direction after a hiatus of two years. He will shoot historical epic “Throne” (“Takht”).Describing the plot, Johar tweeted: “An incredible story embedded in history... An epic battle for the majestic Mughal throne... A story of a family, of ambition, of greed, of betrayal, of love & of succession... TAKHT is about WAR for LOVE....”The film has an A-list cast. It includes Ranveer Singh (“Padmaavat”), Kareena Kapoor Khan (“Veere Di...


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