From Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to Student Of The Year and then to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Karan Johar has always proved that his talent quotient knows no boundaries. From Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan to Varun Dhawan, he has the best team to work with. From Kajol to Kareena Kapoor Khan to Alia Bhatt, no one (at least not these three) can say no to a Karan Johar film.
He has the talent, the ability and the best team. Here is what each of his films have had to offer to us, creating history in the world of Bollywood.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai marked the beginning of Karan Johar as a director, and gave to the industry one of the best directors of all times. The characters of Rahul, Anjali and Tina mesmerized the audience, and their work and the direction charmed the critics. Though Twinkle Khanna and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (little did they know about his talent back then) rejected the role of Tina in the film, Rani Mukherjee nailed the character, and the rest as they say, is history. The character of Anjali was not only alluring, but is said to be one of the most perfectly written characters in the history of Bollywood, and is still loved by all. And all of this, eventually had to lead to the film taking away most of the Filmfare Awards for 1998, and also a national award.
(Not to forget the hard work by Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherjee)
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Johar’s second film was a multi-starrer, which is a family drama, and how the dialogues still charm people, how the performances are still praised by critics and how the direction was priceless!
Not only did this film create a mark, but also popularized one of the most lovable characters of Indian cinema. The role of Poo (Pooja), played by Kareena Kapoor Khan is still everyone’s favorite. Her optimistic attitude, her self obsession and her dumb wit, and much more created a very beautiful character. Everybody loves Poo. And who did it all?
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
I still do not understand why this movie failed, commercially, in India. Even people, at a large, did not accept the film. But I loved it, and so did the critics. However, the film was appreciated a lot overseas. More than anything, the screenplay of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna was praised the most. Moreover, the pair of Dev and Rhea, played by Shah Rukh Khan and Priety Zinta exposed the bitter truth of every other Indian couple living abroad. The simplicity in Rhea and Rishi (Abhishek Bachchan) and the emotions in Dev and Maya (Rani Mukherjee) are all a creation of Johar.
Rajeev Masand wrote, “Few writers have such solid control over their screenplay as Karan Johar does. Few understand the intricacies of narrative as well as he does. Johar goes from highs to lows, from plateaus to peaks with the ease of a pro. He knows exactly how to turn a seemingly ordinary scene into something special with just that one line of dialogue, or that hint of background music.”
My Name Is Khan
This movie proved that Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol still had it (and have it) in them to give grave competition to all those young couples in Bollywood. The on-screen magic that they created and the love that they share for each others, as good friends, off-screen, created the same charm as had Raj and Simran, and Rahul and Anjali.
What proved wonders for this film was Johar’s love for the camera and his sense of characterization, which also won him the Filmfare Award for Best Director.
Student Of The Year
His last directorial venture did not prove his mark as a story teller, but his directorial skills were shown. His gamble on not taking a single established actor worked for the best, and the three of them, Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt, are doing wonders in the industry.
With many other beautiful scripts to write, and new characters to create, Karan Johar will always remain the most inspirational director for me, always!
I wish him and the entire team of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil all the very best!