Karan Johar says he won't apologize for his hard-earned wealth; recalls how his mom sold jewelry when his father's films flopped

Karan Johar talks about the financial troubles faced by his family after his father's 5 films flopped. The filmmaker shares how he worked hard to get the success.

Updated on Jul 06, 2024  |  05:54 PM IST |  36.5K
Karan says he worked hard for wealth; recalls financial stress when his dad's films tanked
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Karan Johar is one of the top filmmakers of Bollywood and has been responsible for making some of the biggest films. However, behind the success, there's a lot of hard work and sacrifices that often go unnoticed. 

While Karan has been often trolled for being privileged and promoting nepotism in the industry, the filmmaker recently opened up about the time when his family went through financially challenging times.

Karan Johar recalls the financial troubles when his father's 5 films flopped in a series

Karan Johar's father, Yash Johar, was a reputed filmmaker of his time who was known for producing films like Dostana, Agneepath, Duplicate, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and more. During a recent interview with Faye D'Souza, Karan recalled the time when Yash Johar faced 5 back-to-back failures after Dostana (1980) and wanted him to take over his small export division eventually.

Sharing the stories he heard, Karan said that when his father's first film flopped, his mom had to sell his nani's (maternal grandmom) flat to pay the money back to financiers. When another film disappointed, she sold some of her jewelry. Even his father had to sell some of his property in Delhi.

Karan Johar says his family wasn't wealthy

Even though Karan Johar's father was a producer, he cleared the misconception that they were a wealthy family. The filmmaker said that they were a middle-class or upper-middle-class family, which meant that they always had food on the table, he went to a "really good school," and his dad drove a "reasonably good car." However, they couldn't afford to go to another country to travel. 


Karan recalled growing up in a wealthy neighborhood because he was the apple of his father’s eye, who always made him "feel like a prince." 

Karan Johar talks about earning wealth with his hard work

Karan shared how he worked tirelessly to reach the point of the career he has today. He shared that, fortunately, his three films as a director did "really well," and after his father passed away, he took over Dharma Productions. 

The filmmaker said that a huge part of the money was made at Dharma after he started directing. Karan said that he has worked very hard for the success and feels proud for being able to live his father's dream. Recalling the times when he had to work tirelessly, he said that there have been times when he worked for 18 hours a day including weekends and national holidays. He mentioned that he would sleep for only five hours and worked very hard for the money he has made. "I am never going to apologize for that,” said Karan while making a strong point.


Karan Johar's work front

Karan Johar's last film as a director, titled Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani, was released in 2023, performed well at the box office, and received huge critical acclaim. The film had Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead. He is already gearing up for his next directorial, which is untitled yet.

As a producer, he has been releasing films back-to-back. His latest film as a producer is Kill, which was released on July 5, 2024.

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