Filmmaker Karan Johar has often said that he is unaware of the finances of his production house Dharma Productions and that this side of the business is handled by his friend and business partner, Apoorva Mehta. Recently, KJo shared that although he is credited with creating a ’empire’ with Dharma Productions, he actually only took control of things after his father, Yash Johar, died. Before that, he was so ignorant of financial matters that he once signed his checks with ‘lots of love’.
While talking to Twinkle Khanna to Tweak India, Karan shared how he was ‘under the shadow’ of his father before his death in 2004. He accepted that he had no idea about the means and finances of Dharma Productions when his father was alive. He also related an incident that made his father tremble with anger.
Karan shared, “I had come from my first award function and I had signed quite a few autographs and I enjoyed doing it. Those were non-selfie days. I came back to the office and he (his father) asked me to sign a couple of checks. I had signed ‘lots of love’ on the checks. So my dad came in and said, ‘They don’t want your love, they want your money.'”
While Twinkle reacted with amusement, Karan added, “I was so used to signing autographs that I also wrote ‘lots of love’ on a cheque. When my father died, I was sitting in my office and met my Chartered Accountant for the first time .”
Twinkle told Karan that even after so many years he is still poor with funds and finances. To this, Karan said that he is aware of the fact and he is often lectured about it by none other than Twinkle’s husband, Akshay Kumar.
Earlier, during the finale of Koffee with Karan’s latest seventh season, KJo had said that he has no idea about his bank balance. He said that he and Apoorva run Dharma Productions as siblings.