Alia Bhatt: It's no new to Bollybuffs that with Student Of The Year, Karan Johar gave Bollywood three stars to watch out for - Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra. Alia has time and again mentioned that it was Johar's vision that gave her a headstart in the industry. Alia's films - Student Of The Year, 2 States, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Shaandaar, Kapoor & Sons and Badrinath Ki Dulhania are Dharma Productions' ventures
Varun Dhawan: He too one of Karan Johar's favourite students. Varun Dhawan has worked under Karan Johar's banner Dharma Productions with films like Student Of The Year 2, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Badrinath Ki Dulhania and now Kalank!
Sidharth Malhotra: Sid is Karan Johar's favourite and we all know about it. The duo is often spotted at dinner outings, movie outings or any parties for that matter. Sidharth was launched by KJo in Student Of The Year and was later part of many films produced by Dharma Productions
Abhishek Varman: He assisted Karan Johar in films like Student Of The Year and My Name Is Khan. However, in 2014, Abhishek got his big Bollywood break as a director with Dharma Productions' 2 States. He got his first 100 crore film with his debut venture and went on to bag second film with KJo. Varman will be directing Kalank - the multi-starrer film - featuring Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur. Abhishek had also worked as an Assistant Director in Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodha Akbar
Ananya Pandey: Ananya Pandey, daughter of Bollywood actor Chunky and his wife Bhavana Pandey, will soon make her debut with Karan Johar's Student Of The Year 2 opposite Tiger Shroff. Dharma Productions recently announced Ananya as the second lead for the film. "And finally! Presenting Ananya - joining class of 2018 at Saint Teresa! Welcome to the movies! 'SOTY 2'," read a caption to a poster featuring Ananya in a red sporty crop top. With Student Of The Year, Karan had introduced Alia, Varun and Sidharth, who have cemented their space in the film industry year after year with a slew of diverse projects
Tara Sutaria: With Student Of The Year 2, Karan Johar is set to launch two new faces in Bollywood. Karan introduced the girls who are joining the 'new class'. He introduced Tara Sutaria with a poster in which she is seen wearing a pair of denim shorts and a matching jacket
Ayan Mukerji: He worked as an assistant director with Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. After a brief break, Ayan wrote the screenplay of Wake Up Sid!, which, when he showed to Karan Johar he offered him to direct the film. He later directed Dharma Productions' super-hit film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. There's yet another Johar film (Brahmastra) in the pipeline that will be directed by Ayan Mukerji
Janhvi Kapoor: Late actress Sridevi and Boney Kapoor's daughter Janhvi Kapoor will be launched by Karan Johar with Dharma Productions' upcoming film Dhadak, which is the Hindi remake of Marathi film Sairat. It is a launchpad Sridevi was most excited about. But as fate would have it, Sridevi won't be by Janhvi's side when "Dhadak" releases in July. The late actress was quite close to Karan Johar
Ishaan Khatter: It's not his debut, but Shahid Kapoor's half-brother Ishaan will be seen in Dhadak alongside Janhvi Kapoor in Dhadak. KJo shares a close bond with Shahid Kapoor
Sara Ali Khan: Even before the release of her Bollywood debut - Abhishek Kapoor's Kedarnath, Sara Ali Khan bagged Karan Johar's Simmba. Directed by Rohit Shetty, Sara will be sharing screen space with Ranveer Singh. Sara's father - Saif Ali Khan has worked with KJo's super-hit Kal Ho Naa Ho, while her step-mother Kareena Kapoor Khan is the filmmaker's bestie
Karan Malhotra: Another Malhotra, who also launched by Karan in Bollywood is Karan Malhotra who was lauded for his debut vehicle Agneepath. Well, before getting a big Bollywood break, Karan Malhotra worked as an assistant director in films such as Jodhaa Akbar, My Name Is Khan and Jaan-E-Mann. KJo again collaborated with the director for Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra's Brothers
Punit Malhotra: Nephew of fashion designer Manish Malhotra, who is also a very good friend of Karan Johar, Punit Malhotra made his directorial debut with KJo's film I Hate Love Story. But getting a big break, Puneet worked as an Assistant Director in the film Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Paheli and Dostana. Now Punit is directing Student of the Year 2
Shakun Batra: After working as an assistant director in films like Rock On, Don 2 and Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Naa, Batra got his big Bollywood break in 2012 with Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan starrer romantic comedy Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, which was produced by Johar under his banner Dharma Productions. Shakun later directed Kapoor & Sons
Shashank Khaitan: He too was introduced by Karan Johar in 2014 with Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan starrer Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. In May 2016, Khaitan again collaborated with Karan Johar to write and direct Badrinath Ki Dulhania, under the Dharma Productions banner with Dhawan and Bhatt. He is also prepping up for his 3rd film with Dharma again - Dhadak
Sidharth P Malhotra: Another Sidharth that Karan Johar played muse to! In 2010, Siddharth P. Malhotra directed Karan Johar's film We Are Family, starring Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal. Well, quite recently his directorial venture Hichki starring Rani Mukherjee, despite being a YRF's production venture, was promoted extensively by Karan Johar
Sonam Nair: Karan Johar, is undoubtedly one of the best filmmakers in the film industry who have given breaks to talent. Director Sonam Nayyar made her directorial debut with Karan Joahr's film Gippi, after which she also directed some short films and web series, which Karan Johar promoted on personal level! He is known to be a sweet-heart for a reason!
From the top stars like Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, to the debutants Janhvi Kapoor, Ishan Khatter and also directors like Ayan Mukerji, Karan Malhotra, Shashank Khaitan have Karan Johar to thank for their big break. On the maverick filmmaker Karan Johar's birthday, here's a look at how KJo's has given us some of the biggest stars in the industry
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