As Karan Johar turns 46, let’s take a look at all the young actors he has launched through his films or is going to launch in the near future. KJo is truly the star maker of Bollywood.
Birthday Special: Karan Johar – The Star Maker of Bollywood
One of the Indian film industry’s biggest brands and possibly Bollywood’s biggest filmmaker in today’s time Karan Johar was born on this day in 1972. Since his directorial debut in 1998 with all-time blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Karan Johar has been the Hindi film industry’s go-to guy. In the 80s and 90s, several filmmakers were used to being called a star-maker. In today’s time, that term can easily be used to define Karan Johar.
After making several blockbusters in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho etc. Karan Johar catapulted his film production house Dharma Productions into a movie making giant. In today’s time, Dharma Productions is in no way second to another film production house Yash Raj Films.
Karan, very tactfully, maintained a balance by working with big stars and subsequently giving chances to new and upcoming stars. As far as film directors were concerned, since Kal Ho Naa Ho, which was directed by then debutant Nikhil Advani, Karan has launched several new filmmakers in Bollywood. Also read: Happy Birthday, KJo: Check out the throwback photos from the film-maker’s most happening birthday bashes
The likes of Ayan Mukerji, Sohum Shah, Tarun Mansukhani, Rensil D’Silva, Siddharth P. Malhotra, Karan Malhotra, Puneet Malhotra, Shakun Batra, Sonam Nair, Vinil Mathew, Abhishek Varman, Shashank Khaitan, Nitya Mehra and Abhay Chopra.
But with Student Of The Year in 2012, Karan Johar took a leap and launched three new actors in Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra. And since then he has become sort of become an unofficial job portal for aspiring actors..or rather star kids.
Here’s a list of young actors, Karan Johar has either launched or he’s gonna launch in future:
1. Alia Bhatt
2. Varun Dhawan
3. Sidharth Malhotra
4. Fawad Khan (I know his debut film was Khoobsurat but it was Karan who made him the talk of the town with films like Kapoor & Sons and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)
5. Janhvi Kapoor
6. Ishaan Khatter (Do you really wanna count Beyond The Clouds?)
7. Ananya Panday
8. Tara Sutaria
9. Sara Ali Khan
Here’s wishing Karan Johar a very happy 46th birthday.