Happy 45th Birthday Karan! 45 Reasons I Love You!

45 is a nice solid age!  And a Karan is at a nice solid point in his life, both a critical and business success, with his new babies.  Entering his new year with things looking good! (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

1. I love you because you aren’t afraid to reveal your terrible pre-fame photos.

(Look how good Shahrukh looks!)

2. I love you because you were so sweet and enthusiastic in your film debut.

(Look how good Shahrukh looks!)

3. I love you because that film debut was both onscreen and behind the screen, you helped with everything in DDLJ, from brainstorming the script to the costumes.

4. I love you because you are still grateful for the chance and mentorship you got from Aditya Chopra on the DDLJ set, still considering him your older brother.

5. I love you because in many ways your films carried forward the DDLJ ethos more than Aditya’s, although he was the

6.  I love you because we can see that KJo touch in the modern costuming

7. The fancy evening dress

8. The natural chemistry between the leads.

9. And how well the camera seemed to know Kajol, your childhood friend who you helped out onset.

10.  And of course, the epic love story.

11.  I love you because after working on DDLJ, you were happily planning to be a costume designer or something more humble, no aspirations of directing or writing.

12.  I love you because Shahrukh had to talk you into it, practically blackmail you to agree to make a film with him.

13.  I love you because Shahrukh arranged for Kajol to co-star as well, telling her that in 6 months they would start a film with Karan.

14.  I love that your very first film was a record-breaking hit

15. I love you because you set aside months to give yourself a complete make-over before becoming a public figure.

(Look how good KARAN looks!)


16. Speaking of that record breaking hit

17. Another one!

18.  It was so big that it went international, notice the Spanish subtitles on this video.

19.  You also managed to talk one of the biggest stars of the day into a friendly appearance, just by your own personal charm.

20. And of course we all know the most famous scene,


21.  I love you because Kuch Kuch changed everything, except your relationships.  Aditya was still your “big brother”, Shahrukh was your best friend, and your father made all the important decisions.

22.  I love you because you went on to make your dream film with your dream cast.

23.  I love you because you were adorably heartbroken when the film came out, only to be overshadowed by Dil Chahta Hai, which made less money but broke more ground.

24.  I love you because you picked yourself up and figured out how to write your own Dil Chahta Hai.

25.  I love you because you managed to complete that film, despite your father being diagnosed and dying of cancer during filming.

26. The dream film was pretty amazing as well, including the first fantasy song in Egypt.

27.  And the most amazing multi-star song ever.

28.  And taking a risk on a new composer with a new song for your club song.

29. And then what I really like, you were kind enough to take a risk on a new director for your next script.

30.  Although you were still there as producer to add vital contributions like the title and chorus of this song.

31. You were also smart enough to see when a gamble wouldn’t pay off, like with this film, where you added a promo song at the last minute.

39. But when you knew it was all working out, you stayed hands off and let the director take the lead.

40.  I like that you were running one of the most successful studios in India, but decided to have a talk show too, just because you wanted to.  And that you get people on your show to say things on television they never would anywhere else.

41.  I love you directed the deepest darkest film of your career

42. And followed it with the lightest!

43.  I love you because you still have the touch of redeeming a terrible film with a great song.

44. I love you because you were smart enough to snap up the Hindi rights to Bahubali and Bahubali 2, sight unseen, just based on the director’s reputation.



45.  And finally, because you are just so wonderfully you!


7 thoughts on “Happy 45th Birthday Karan! 45 Reasons I Love You!

  1. No mention of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil?

    One thing that I love about Karan Johar movies, especially movies he directs, is that he has great albums. What is your favorite Karan Johar album and which one is your least favorite?

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    • In his autobiography, he talked about how Kaal is the film that made him realize he had a knack for picking music, and he shouldn’t discount that. Because Kaal would have been a massive loss if he hadn’t quickly grabbed a couple of catchy songs and come up with an interesting visual concept. And ever since then, he doesn’t skimp on the music.

      It’s really hard to pick and most and least favorite album! From the ones he directed, gosh, I love them all, but in order of least favorite to most just for the albums, I think it would be Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (I know I know, but I just don’t like Jatin-Lalit that much), Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Love the title song and the Alizeh song, but the others bore me after a while), Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (Like all the songs, love love love title song and Mitwa), Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (maybe the ultimate Hindi film soundtrack, club song and love song and religious song and hero’s intro song and so on and so on), My Name is Khan (such a beautiful album!), and Student of the Year (Don’t hate me! I have bad taste in music! I know this!)

      If we are talking all Karan films, directing and producing, least favorite album is Kaal, most favorite is Dostana.

      On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 9:49 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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      • Oh that’s interesting! One thing that I can always be sure of when watching a Dharma movie is that there will be at least one song that I end up really liking.

        I think my least favorite in the ones he directed would be My Name is Khan (I somehow only liked Tere Naina). Next would probably be Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (There are some really fun songs, but this album also has a bunch of slow, sad songs as well). Student of The Year and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (both are albums that seem to have a bit of everything). Next comes Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which was like half of the reason why I even liked the movie. Then my favorite album happens to be Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (I love Mitwa and the title song as well but I also love Tumhi Dekho Naa along with the two other party songs).

        In all of Karan’s films, how can you forget Kal Ho Naa Ho! And Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani! Honestly, I don’t remember any song from Dostana except for Desi Girl. Maybe my least favorite would be the Dear Zindagi album.


        • I love Kal Ho Na Ho as an all around album, and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani too. But Dostana is really really good! Most of the songs didn’t get enough space to breath in the film, so you don’t remember them from just watching it, but if you listen to the album on its own, it is super good!


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