Behind Karan Johar's ₹3,000 Cr empire 🍿
25 year long compounding career in Bollywood.
Compounding careers are driven by exponential outcomes, which in turn happens with an obsession over your CRAFT & problem statements. Exponential careers don’t just happen by chance but through focused effort & intent.
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Onto Karan Johar now.
Christopher Nolan’s net worth is $250 Million. Compare that to Karan Johar who is at ~ $215 Million. Someone who did their first movie in 1998, can have such a compounding career and stay relevant for so long - we cover the story.
I know your first thought → “Nepotism” 💭
The recent years have not been easy on Karan → with the whole scene of nepotism & people refraining from watching his cinemas. I have zero thoughts to add to this. But, what I’m curious about is how he has built a business empire in hyper-competitive Indian cinema.
A note on compounding careers ft. Karan👇🏼
1/ Grab that room & start small early on✨
Karan started by hanging around with his “film friends” - call it privilege. But, what he did is interesting - he started in the entertainment industry as a small-time TV actor. How many times have you prioritized hanging around people you could learn from?
2/ Build your first craft ⚒️
He spent a lot of time learning & then made his directorial debut with the romantic comedy-drama Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) - it was a blockbuster. But, that does not mean he was always successful - he has a long list of failures → points to taking multiple bets. What’s your first craft & do you push enough to get better at it?
3/ Taking bets 💰
There is a reason why he is called the father of nepotism - he launched the 2nd/3rd generation of Bollywood families. But, don’t you think it’s also a risky business than taking an established celebrity and betting money on only them? No wonder - he signs a 3 movie deal at a set film fee with every actor/actress he launches or ever has. Talk about owning equity.
4/ Owning a category, monopoly honestly💡
If you look closely, Dharma's production and all his co-productions only focus on two or three genres. Action, Massy love & bigger than life stories - typical ‘theatrical experiences’. No matter how much you think it’s cringe → it works $$$
5/ At 51, he is still building 🤯
Just because he owns a production house, he hasn’t stopped perfecting his craft as a director. How many AVP/VP in the startup ecosystem want to get into executional nuance? It’s a clear differentiator.
6/ Pivot for headwinds of OTT ⛵️🍿📺
With OTT eating some level of movie earnings - he understood that what sells in theaters might not sell in OTT. “Dharmatic Productions” allows him to create OTT-specific content & sell it to players like Amazon Prime & Netflix. The movies released here will never be screened in a cinema - by design. How many times have you reflected on your career and built new leverage?
7/ Positioning - staying relevant ☕️
Do you think he does so many seasons of Coffee with Karan for that episode fee? Hell no - it’s classic being on top of the mind for audiences. Cause movie releases are once or twice a year, you can’t be part of pop culture with such low frequency. As an operator, what are you doing to be discovered for? That’s all for now.