Karan Johar dishes out inside details from his lavish 50th birthday party...
Last Updated: 08.45 AM, Jun 18, 2022
Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar (Images via Twitter/Instagram)
Ace filmmaker and producer Karan Johar celebrated his 50th birthday in style on May 25th this year, with a grand party that was held at Yash Raj Films Studio in Mumbai. The who's who from the tinsel town including the likes of Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, Hrithik Roshan, Sara Ali Khan, Gauri Khan among others graced the red carpet and made it a starry night. The only actor who attended the bash and didn't walk the red carpet was Shah Rukh Khan who made a backdoor entrance. Karan Johar revealed the same and more inside details from his birthday bash in his recent interview with Film Companion.
While speaking to Anupama Chopra about the difference between "popularity" of the current generation of actors and the kind of "superstardom" that has been witnessed by the likes of Shah Rukh, Amitabh Bachchan or Dilip Kumar, Karan revealed what exactly happened when SRK entered his birthday bash. He shared, "When Shah Rukh Khan even walked into my party, you could feel there was a thumping energy with the younger generation. It's like you know that Shah Rukh Khan is Shah Rukh Khan because you know there is this aura. I mean, that kingdom that he has and that feeling of the kingliness that he's got..It's true. If he walked in right now, you would feel his energy even if you didn't see him. You can just sense Shah Rukh. Everyone felt it."
Karan Johar went on to add, "Shah Rukh was the only one who didn't walk the red carpet. He came from the other side. So when he walked in and he was in the party, I could see whether it was (somebody) as young as maybe Ananya Pandey, right up to his peers, everybody felt the aura."
Dishing out more inside details from his birthday party, Karan Johar revealed that Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan actually ended up dancing to the tunes of their song Bhangra Pa Le from the film Karan Arjun. In the same interview, Karan said that it was Ranveer Singh who took complete charge of the DJ with his whole heart. Ranveer even came to the YRF studio way before the party started just to do a tech check for sound. The playlist was, of course, Bollywood (no points for guessing that).
Ranveer was not just in charge of the music and DJ, but also the one who got the glittery dafli made with lights around it and rehearsed the song Dafli wale that was meant to be a surprise for KJo. "Ranveer said that this party should be like ‘Om Shanti Om’ dance, all the movie stars on the dance floors and playing their songs," Karan told FC. He further revealed that Rani Mukerji and Kajol too danced to the tunes of the song Koi Mil Gaya from the film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Shah Rukh and Farah Khan set the dance floor on fire with their moves.
While it was Kajol and Karan Johar who kick started the party, Ranbir Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor danced along with Karan on the song Dafli Wale. Apart from Ranveer, Abhishek Bachchan and filmmaker Ayan Mukerji too took turns at being the DJ. The last one to leave the party was none other than Salman Khan
During his conversation Karan also told FC that initially he'd toyed with the idea of hosting his 50th birthday party at separate place and make it a destination celebration but the schedules couldn't be worked out and in the middle of it all, he was also shooting for his own film Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahaani with Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt.
Karan shared that it was actually the YRF head honcho and his dear friend Aditya Chopra who suggested that he should host his birthday bash at YRF studios as that's the place from where it all began for him and that "This is in many ways like home."
Talking about the theme for his birthday and how his production designer, CEO and the other producers at Dharma Productions came together to make his birthday bash a reflection of how he is. "They said that the interior has to be a set and of course it has to be over the top, dramatic, theatrical, all (of) the above and everything that I'm all about."
KJo mentioned that he was so excited about his own birthday party, "like a child in a candy store." Talking about his inputs for the party, he said, "It has to be bling. Chandelier chic has to be the theme. There has to be chandeliers on the party on the dance floor as well as on the ceiling, like everywhere. There has to be chandeliers everywhere. So people were looking like chandeliers and there were chandeliers and I was loving it all," adding that he told his mother, "Mom, you're not invited."