Karan Johar remembers father Yash Johar on death anniversary: ‘My biggest fear was losing a parent’

Yash was the founder of Dharma Productions and passed away on June 26, 2004 after battling cancer
Karan Johar and Yash Johar
Karan Johar and Yash Johar

Karan Johar took to Instagram on Wednesday to write a long note remembering his father, producer Yash Johar on his 20th death anniversary today. Karan reflected back on the time he got to know that Yash has a tumour and what followed afterwards. Yash was the founder of Dharma Productions and passed away on June 26, 2004 after battling cancer

Karan shared some photos of his father along with others from the film industry. He wrote in the caption, “I can’t believe it’s been 20 years. My biggest fear was losing a parent. August 2nd, 2003 my father told me he had a malignant tumour. My worst nightmare was staring at me and yet it was my duty as his child to stay positive and keep the faith. But the worst thing about instincts is that, they never lie.”

He added, “He (Yash Johar) left us 10 months after. We lost him. But we gained every inch of his mammoth goodwill. I was so proud to be the son of the most solid, soulful and selfless man. He put his relationships above everything else. And has left a legacy of love that my mother and I still live by.  I wish he knew our children, but I do know he is watching over them and us all the time. Love you Papa.”

Yash started out in the industry working as a publicist and still photographer. Switching later into production, he worked on films like Dev Anand's Guide (1965), Jewel Thief (1967) and Prem Pujari (1970) among others. He started Dharma Productions in 1976, with the first film being Dostana (1980), starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha and Zeenat Aman. The film turned out to be a success, kickstarting his career as a producer.

After this, he backed films like Agneepath (1990), Duplicate (1998), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Kabhi Khushie Kabhi Gham (2001). His last film as a producer was Kal Ho Na Ho (2003).

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