Karan Johar Birthday Special: 6 must-watch gems of the filmmaker, from Kal Ho Naa Ho to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Celebrated Indian filmmaker Karan Johar turns 52 today, and his contribution to cinema goes beyond his charismatic presence. He’s captured hearts with stories that transport viewers into realms of romance and drama. Entertainment, after all, is an escape into different worlds, and Johar’s works offer just that.

An exploration of Karan Johar’s cinematic journey
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On his birthday, we look back on the masterpieces that hold a special place in cinema:

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

This debut film by Johar walked away with the National Award for ‘wholesome entertainment’, showing his keen grasp on the intricacies of human emotions. The film features the entangled emotions of Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), who falls for Tina (Rani Mukerji), all while his best friend Anjali (Kajol) harbors feelings for him.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001)

KJo aced the family drama genre with Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, skillfully balancing the emotional, dramatic, and the extravagant. Its stellar cast, including Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Jaya Bachchan, made this a memorable portrayal of romance and family dynamics.

Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)

This poignant story crafted by Johar was adorned with two National Awards. Shah Rukh Khan shone as Aman, and alongside Saif Ali Khan’s Rohit, they formed the perfect foil to Preity Zinta’s resilient Naina and Jaya Bachchan’s loving Jenny. The film’s script and character development are unforgettable, pulling at the heartstrings of its audience.

My Name Is Khan (2010)

The trio of Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, and Kajol have repeatedly spun gold, and My Name Is Khan is no exception. It highlights Johar’s directorial brilliance and Shah Rukh’s stellar performance in a heart-stirring narrative that was more than just a box office sensation, but a piece of art in itself.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)

This film marked Johar’s much-anticipated return as a director, exploring themes of love and friendship with an excellent cast comprising Anushka Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Fawad Khan. Memorable for its poignant portrayal of relationships, it holds a special place among Johar’s works.

Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani (2023)

Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani sees Johar once again demonstrating his directorial finesse with heart and humor. Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh’s performances as the love-struck couple won praises all around, alongside a mesmerizing soundtrack and a compelling storyline.

As we celebrate Karan Johar’s birthday today, we extend our warmest wishes and eagerly await his future cinematic endeavors.

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