Karan Johar announces new project with birthday boy Salman Khan

Director Karan Johar on Wednesday (December 27, 2023) announced his upcoming project with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, 25 years after they worked together in ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’.

 Director Karan Johara announces new project with Salman Khan. Photo Courtesy:  Wallpaper Cave

Interestingly, Johar made the announcement on Khan’s birthday.

Khan turned 58 on Wednesday.

Johar shared the story on Instagram about how Khan became a part of the 1998-blockbuster movie which also featured Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherji and Kajol in the lead role.

Johar wrote: “25 years ago I was at a party lost and confused…. A massive movie star came upto me and asked me why I was standing by a corner.”

“I told him I had been to several actors for a part but was politely rejected … the superstars sister is close to me so he graciously said she had spoken highly of my script and that I should meet him the next day to narrate the film to him…In my wildest dreams I never imagined I would even get the opportunity of a narration,” he said.

“I went with a prayer in my heart and a deep desire for a miracle and narrated the first of the film like my life depended on it…
He looked at me at the interval point ( by then I was looking like I was at the Sahara desert and water could keep me alive ) kindly offered me water and said “ I’’m on!!! “ I was perplexed and said but ‘you are in the second half’ you haven’t heard it? He said “ I love your father and my sister will kill me if I don’t do this movie” and that’s how Salman Khan was in KKHH,” he said.

Johar appreciated Khan for playing the perfect  character of ‘Aman’ in the movie.

“I am deeply grateful to Alvira and my father’s goodwill for making sure I had the perfect Aman and SALMAN KHAN in my debut film!” Johar said.

He said: “Gestures and stories like this just don’t happen today! Happy birthday Salman ! So much love and respect for you always …Also 25 years later we will finally have a story to tell again… not saying any more than that happy happy birthday.”

Salman Khan and his movies

Khan began his acting career with a supporting role in Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988), followed by his breakthrough with a leading role in Sooraj Barjatya’s romance Maine Pyar Kiya (1989).

He established himself in the 1990s, with several commercially successful films, including Barjatya’s family dramas Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) and Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999), the action film Karan Arjun (1995) and the comedy Biwi No.1 (1999).

After a period of decline in the 2000s, Khan achieved greater stardom in the 2010s by starring in the top-grossing action films Dabangg (2010), Ready (2011), Bodyguard (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Dabangg 2 (2012), Kick (2014), and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017), and dramas such as Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) and Sultan (2016).

He was last seen in the movie Tiger 3.