Karan Johar Unveils Top 10 Movies That Shaped His Career

Karan Johar said he grew up watching Yash Chopra's films and he likes Yash Chopra's 'Lamhe' and 'Kabhi Kabhie' a lot.

Writer, producer, director Karan Johar will celebrate his 52nd birthday on May 25th. Apart from being a superb filmmaker, Karan is a platform for newcomers in the industry and popular for his gossip show Koffee With Karan. He has made some really good films which are perfect entertainers, like ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, ‘Student of the Year’, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and many others.  He had this crazy love for films since childhood. Here are the top favourite movies of this filmmaker which inspire him.

Karan Johar’s films have the influence of filmmakers like Raj Kapoor and Yash Chopra. They have indirectly contributed a lot to his movies. The first and foremost movie is ‘Awara’, starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis Dutt. Karan said that this film had perfect screenplay for Indian cinema. The second film KJo likes is ‘Sholay’. He outlined this masterpiece as a ‘book’. He further mentioned in a conversation with Lehren, “Whenever you want to learn anything about Indian cinema, you go back to the textbook of Sholay as it has romance, action, drama, conflict, music, scale and everything.” As per his sense of film, he said that there are many scenes in the movie which are contemporary. ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ by Yash Chopra is his third most favourite film. The film includes everything, relations, romance, subtlety, human conflict. KJo termed the film as a text book of human relationships. “It marks the presence of the most romantic song in the history of Indian cinema. Kabhi Kabhie can never be forgotten,” he added.

Yash Chopra is one of the ideals of Karan. He grew up watching his movies and thus his films have been inspired by Yash Chopra’s films. After Yash Chopra’s Kabhi Kabhie, KJo liked his other film, ‘Lamhe’. He remembered the standing ovation the film received at the end of its premiere. Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani director stated, “It was such a brave film. I connect with every emotion of Lamhe.” Karan watched ‘Masoom’ in theatre when he was 8 years old, and he started crying watching that one close shot of Jugal Hansraj, and then his mother had to take him out of the cinema hall. It is the combination of Jugal Hansraj’s innocence and Shekhar Kapur’s brilliance.  Another favourite film of Karan Johar, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!’ confirmed his decision to be a filmmaker. It brings back families into the Cinema hall.

Apart from these movies, Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Lagaan’, Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Satya’, Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ and lastly ‘Chak De! India’, these are one of Karan’s favourite movies and watch these interviews to know the reason why these films are his favourite movies. 

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