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RGV vehemently defends Karan Johar


Maverick director Ram Gopal Varma came to the defence of director Karan johar who has been facing onslaught from netizens after the suicide of Bollywood actor Sushant Rajput. It was surprising to see Ram Gopal Varma coming to the rescue of Karan johar given the fact that both were at loggerheads earlier. Ram Gopal Varma , a few years ago ridiculed the scenes from Kuch Kuch hota hai movie and passef sarcastic comments on Karan johar. At that time even Karan johar retaliated on Ram Gopal Varma with sharp comments. Now Ram Gopal Varma defended Karan johar with a series of tweets.

RGV tweeted, ” This got to be the most shocking thing Bollywood ever experiences ..SO YOUNG and SO MUCH LIFE AHEAD and then WHY ??? Blaming @karanjohar for what happened is ridiculous and just shows lack of understanding of how film industry works ..Even assuming Karan had a problem with Sushant it’s his choice of who he wants to work with,like its any film makers choice about who they want to work with. Also all insiders of Bollywood were sometimes outsiders starting from @SrBachchan onwards ..@karanjohar is up there not because he is an insider but because his films are seen by millions ..We all know as much failures coming from film families as much as from outside. Bollywood is hard place becos people want to jump to grab stars and higher they jump the harder they are likely to fall .Sushant atleast grabbed the moon , but what about umpteen others who dint take off from ground ..Are they supposed to kill themselves blaming the universe? And for all the sound being made on social media about the super talented guy being sidelined the truth is it’s the people who are watching the other actors more than sushant and @Karanjohar couldn’t be holding a gun to the audiences head. And if Sushant hung on ,then in about 15 or 20 years he would have become an insider when he’s launching his own son and some outsider Prashant would have blamed him like how everyone now is blaming @Karanjohar. There’s no such thing as insiders and outsiders and it’s only audience who decide who they like and dont ..Film families however big they are can never have power to influence the audience and also don’t forget that @karanjohar is becos people made him big and not himself. Of the people who are venomously targeting @karanjohar partly they are outright ignorant of how things work in film industry and partly they hate his success and are just taking advantage of poor Sushanth’s death to vent their suppressed jealousy towards @karanjohar. Will any of the umpteen @karanjohar hating social media warriors chose anybody outside beyond their friends and families ??? It’s fundamental human nature to do only for the near and dear ones. And for all the hue and cry about the super talent being suppressed I will take a bet that 48 hours before now for many many months there wasn’t a single social media comment demanding to see Sushant from all the millions who are now blaming @karanjohar for not showing him. WITHOUT NEPOTISM SOCIETY WILL COLLAPSE BECAUSE NEPOTISM(FAMILIAL LOVE ) IS THE FUNDAMENTAL TENET OF A SOCIAL STRUCTURE..Like u shouldn’t love others wife more, u also shouldnt love others children more. ”

Ram Gopal Varma comments came in the time when other celebrities of Bollywood like Kangana ranaut, Ravina tandon and Abhinav kashyap stated that it is because of some big families Sushant had to commit suicide. We will have to wait and see how other Bollywood celebrities respond on Ram Gopal Varma comments.

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Bollywood actors in race for Vijay Devarakonda


After Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar came on to the board for Vijay Devarakonda’s Fighter things changed completely. The film is now a pan Indian project and to impress Bollywood audience widely, Karan Johar insisted the names of several Bollywood actors for crucial roles in this action thriller. The film’s director Puri Jagannadh too is juggling between Hyderabad and Mumbai to meet up the expectations.

The film rolls from January 2020 and Puri, Vijay Devarakonda and Karan Johar are busy finalizing the names of the lead actors. Janhvi Kapoor is already locked to romance Vijay Devarakonda in Fighter. Though the film was initially planned on a strict budget, things changed completely. The regular shoot of Fighter commences from January 2020 and the film releases during summer. The official release date of Fighter too will be announced soon to have a comfortable release in all the languages. 

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Karan Johar to release book on Sridevi


Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is an admirer of late actress Sridevi, will be unveiling “Sridevi – The Eternal Screen Goddess”, a book based on the life of the Bollywood icon and the first female superstar, here.

The book, written by Satyarth Nayak, was earlier unveiled by actress Deepika Padukone in Delhi.

“I couldn’t have asked for anyone better for the Mumbai launch. Karan has even shared several of his inputs and memories of Sridevi in the book and those have highly enriched my narrative. He has been a vital part of this journey and I am extremely thankful that he has so graciously agreed to launch the book in Mumbai,” Satyarth said.

Karan had tweeted on December 15: “My all time favourite actor….her legacy is irreplaceable ….this book encapsulates her tremendous body of work and the professional and personal lives she gloriously impacted …written by @SatyarthNayak for @PenguinIndia.”

“Sridevi – The Eternal Screen Goddess” will be launched in Mumbai on December 22.

Sridevi is known for giving many hit films including “Sadma”, “Chandni”, “Lamhe”, “English Vinglish” and “Mom”. She had passed away on February 24 last year.

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Karan Johar in plans to shelve Dear Comrade in Hindi


Bollywood top filmmaker Karan Johar watched Vijay Devarakonda’s Dear Comrade in a special screening and decided to remake the film in Hindi. There are speculations that Karan Johar paid Rs 6 crores to acquire the remake rights of the film which is untrue. Vijay Devarakonda reprising the role in Hindi too is not true as the actor did not offer any such commitment. Karan Johar was always keen to introduce actors like Prabhas and Vijay Devarakonda to Hindi audience as they gained enough stardom.

Now with Dear Comrade’s poor show down South and Vijay Devarakonda not ready to play his role in the remake, Karan Johar decided to shelve the project. Karan Johar wanted to share the profits of the remake to Mythri Movie Makers and no agreements have been inked as of now. Hence, Karan Johar would focus on other projects as the remake of Dear Comrade would make no sense as of now.

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Karan Johar’s house party turns into a star-studded affair


From Ranbir Kapoor to Deepika Padukone, Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor, a gamut of stars came together for Karan Johar’s house party here on Saturday.

Sharing with his fans a glimpse of the star-studded bash, Karan took to Instagram and posted a video in which celebrities, like Deepika, Ranbir, Varun Dhawan and his girl friend Natasha, Zoya Akhtar, Vicky Kaushal, Malaika, Arjun, Ayan Mukerji, Shahid Kapoor and his wife Mira Kapoor, are seen spending enjoying the party at Karan’s residence.

“Saturday night vibes,” Karan captioned the video.

The video, recorded by Karan, begins with Deepika posing with her friend and is followed by Malaika, who winks before the camera moves towards her boyfriend Arjun.

Arjun is seen busy in a conversation with Shahid. Then Karan’s camera captures Varun chatting with filmmaker Zoya.

Vicky can be seen sitting on a floor. The video ends with Ranbir and Mira marking their presence.

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Karan Johar to introduce Sridevi’s second daughter into Bollywood?


Is Karan Johar planning to introduce Sridevi’s second daughter into Bollywood? Karan Johar’s statements in a recent TV show seem to be giving the indications on this.

In Neha Dhupia’s chat show ‘No filter Neha’, Karan Johar was asked about the debuts we might see in 2019. For this, Karan replied that Javed Jaffrey’s son Mizaan and Sridevi’s daughter Khushi Kapoor will be debuting in 2019. He showered praises on both of them and told, “Mizaan is going to be amazing, he is a potential big star and a great dancer and Khushi perhaps is gorgeous and lovely.”

However, after Karan’s statements, speculations started whether Karan himself will be introducing these two to bollywood. Earlier, he has introduced many star kids like Alia bhat, Chunki Pandey’s daughter Ananya Pande, Saif Ali Khan’s daugher Sara Ali Khan to bollywood. So, people are discussing whether Karan has plans to introduce these two. There are already rumors about Sanjay Leela Bhansali introducing Mizaan but no news about Khushi Kapoor’s debut yet.

We will have to wait and see how true are these speculations

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Baahubali is a beautiful and creative slap on our face : Karan Johar

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, who distributed Baahubali franchise all over North India, is yet to come out of the hangover resulted from its gigantic success. Every time he gets a chance to speak about South films, he profusely lauds the way Baahubali has changed the perspective of Telugu cinema and how it influenced Bollywood cinema.

In a recent tete-a-tete with one of the leading film critics, Karan Johar explained the Baahubali phenomenon and also how its astronomical box office success influenced and encouraged Bollywood filmmakers to try out their hand at big ticket period films in Hindi. Karan labels Baahubali as the biggest cross over success in Hindi and asserts that it may not happen time and again. He reveals how he marketed Baahubali as the biggest motion picture of India which garnered the pan India attention before its release.

Karan praised SS Rajamouli’s blend of emotional narrative with commercial elements and says that the scale and vision of Baahubali is something which was never experienced in Hindi cinema before and points this as one of the major reasons for the massive success. He also reveals how Rajamouli missed out on a big chance to market Eega in Hindi and said it would have ruled the box office had they approached him at that time.

Talking about box office numbers, Karan says that the biggest Bollywood blockbuster is Baahubali which collected close to 510 Crores in Hindi alone. Karan spoke about his association with Rana and how he was introduced to Telugu films. He said that the next big ticket film that is much awaited by Bollywood circles is Rajinikanth’s 2Point0 which is directed by Shankar.

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Karan Johar eyeing RRR


It is a known fact that SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali got wide publicity and garnered attention from North audience only after Karan Johar associated with it. The two parts were released through Dharma Productions all over North and they emerged as blockbusters.

Once again, Karan Johar is eyeing Rajamouli’s film. It is exclusively learnt that Karan is looking to snap the Hindi rights of Rajamouli’s highly anticipated multi-starrer RRR which was launched recently in Hyderabad. Sources say that Karan has initiated talks with Rajamouli and producer DVV Danayya to release RRR through Dharma Productions all over North. Reportedly, he is willing to offer a mind-blowing price to grab the theatrical rights of RRR.

After the stupendous success of Baahubali in North, Rajamouli attained pan India popularity and audience are eagerly waiting for his next film. So, the buzz on RRR will reach next level if big names like Karan Johar get associated with it.

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After Prabhas, Anushka rejects Karan Johar’s Flick?


Prabhas and Anushka share a close bond with each other and the duo did a series of interesting films which made huge noise at the box-office. It was Baahubali which brought them national recognition and there have been strong speculations that Prabhas reportedly quoted a whopping remuneration of Rs 20 crores after Karan Johar wanted to introduce him to Bollywood. Now the latest update is that Anushka too has been approached by Karan Johar for a Bollywood flick.

Anushka was not happy with the offered role and she rejected the film on spot. There are speculations that Anushka even consulted Prabhas for the same before taking the final call on her Bollywood debut. Karan Johar is sure not a happy man who has been producing films with top Bollywood actors. Despite of several rumours, Prabhas and Anushka denied about staying in a relationship.

Anushka is eagerly waiting for the release of Bhaagamathie while Prabhas is shooting for his next action thriller Saaho.

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Prabhas and Rana party hard with Karan Johar


Young Rebelstar Prabhas and Rana Daggubati have been delighted after their recent outing Baahubali: The Conclusion has been declared as the country’s biggest blockbuster. Prabhas has been on a break and he is yet to join the sets of his next film Saaho and Rana Daggubati wrapped up Nene Raju Nene Mantri recently. Prabhas and Rana Daggubati flew to Mumbai to celebrate the success of Baahubali with Karan Johar who distributed the Hindi version of the film.

Though Karan threw lavish parties earlier, Prabhas went missing for the parties as he was in USA. Now Prabhas, Rana along with Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Siddarth Malhotra, Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapoor attended the lavish bash. Varun Dhawan has been spotted sharing a candid moment with Prabhas and he posted it on his official instagram.

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Bollywood aims Spyder

Superstar Mahesh Babu is back with a bang and the first teaser of Spyder is a smashing hit all over. The movie unit has been left in heaps of praises from all the corners of the country. AR Murugadoss is the film’s director and the movie is based on bio-terrorism. With Telugu movies Ghazi and Baahubali: The Conclusion raking huge figures in Bollywood, the makers of Spyder too are in plans to release the film in Hindi considering the vast budget on which the film has been made.

The makers have been approached by several top filmmakers from Bollywood to acquire the Hindi rights. Reliance Entertainments which is co-producing the film is in plans to release the film in Hindi. Top filmmaker Karan Johar left the team of Spyder in praises after watching the teaser. There are talks that Karan Johar too is in talks to acquire the Hindi rights of Spyder. Produced by NV Prasad and Tagore Madhu, Spyder is set for Dasara release and it will feature Rakul Preet Singh in the heroine’s role.

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Rajamouli has become India’s biggest superstar: Karan Johar


Filmmaker Karan Johar can’t stop praising S.S. Rajamouli — who he feels has emerged as the “biggest superstar” in Indian cinema — and the phenomenon that “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” has turned out to be.

Karan had presented the Hindi version of the film.

Talking about the massive success of the movie which has minted over Rs 1500 crore at the global box office, he said: “I feel short of words when I speak about ‘Baahubali’. It has become a milestone film. S.S. Rajamouli has become the country’s biggest superstar.

“I think the filmmaker’s victory is beyond everybody else. I am honoured that me and my production house got associated with ‘Baahubali’ and I am proud and privileged to be a part of its journey.”

He spoke on the sidelines of the success party of his friend Ekta Kapoor’s production “Half Girlfriend” here on Friday night.

Karan also spoke about his birthday celebrations where the who’s who of Bollywood came in.

“It was a private celebration. We had a great time. I am very overwhelmed with all the love which comes my way and I am very grateful for that,” said the writer-filmmaker-chat show host, who turned 45 on Thursday.

Karan also praised the team of “Half Girlfriend”, which he is yet to watch.

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How much is Karan Johar pocketing for Baahubali 2


Baahubali: The Conclusion has been declared as the India’s biggest motion picture and the makers have taken enough care to get a wide release. Targeting a larger section of audience, the makers have been completely successful as they teamed up with efficient buyers and filmmakers across various territories where Indian cinema has been popular. Bollywood top filmmaker Karan Johar acquired the Hindi rights of the film (across India) and he distributed the film which minted Rs 478.3 crores till date. The film has been still minting money across various territories.

Baahubali: The Conclusion has been given to Karan on the basis of distribution and he is all set to share 10% of the profits from the theatrical share of the Hindi version which is expected to be between Rs 220-230 crores. Hence Karan Johar is expected to pocket Rs 22-25 crores for distributing Baahubali: The Conclusion and Arka Media Works will take the rest of the amount. Baahubali: The Conclusion made Rs 1596 crores in four weeks in all the released languages and the plans for the China release is currently on. Prabhas, Rana and Anushka essayed the lead roles in Baahubali: The Conclusion which has been directed by SS Rajamouli and produced by Shobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni.

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Bollywood reluctant to accept regional cinema dominance


Whenever​ one thinks of India cinema, the first thing that strikes their mind is Bollywood. Since its inception, Hindi cinema has largely dominated the Indian box office. It was only in the recent past South cinema has made its presence felt in the Nothern territories. Films like Robot and Baahubali : The Beginning breached the regional barriers and showed the stamina of South cinema. Now, Baahubali 2 is setting new benchmarks for Bollywood by shattering each and every record at the North Indian box office.

While the entire nation is in awe after witnessing the epic grandeur on screen and saluted Rajamouli and his team for their efforts, Bollywood remained tight-lipped about the film. Apart from Karan Johar, who distributed the film in North, none of the big names from Bollywood publicly responded about the film. Southern stars like Rajinikanth , Dhanush, Sudeep and Mohan Lal lauded Baahubali 2 as the pride of Indian cinema, but Bollywood stars and directors are yet to comment on the film. Even many political bigwigs heaped praises on the magnum opus. Bollywood top stars and directors are reticent about the film’s grand success. It looks like they are envious about the fact that South cinema has started to make inroads into their territory.

Baahubali 2 has stunned the trade circles as it cruised past the opening day records of the biggest Bollywood hits like Dangal , Sultan and PK by a huge margin. Looking at the way the Hindi version is performing, trade is expecting a sensational haul in its full run. In Overseas too, Baahubali 2 is set to surpass the life time collections of Aamir Khan’s Dangal in less than a week.

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‘Baahubali 2’ crosses Rs. 100 crore on first day


S.S Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion netted over Rs. 121 crore at the ticket window in the country on release day. Trade sources say this is the best ever opening for an Indian film. Even filmmaker Karan Johar expressed his joy over the massive opening of the film.

According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the Hindi version of the film collected Rs. 36.54 crore.

“Truly sensational… Rs. 36.54. Hindi,” Taran tweeted on Saturday.

Originally made in Telugu, the second part in the franchise was dubbed in Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is presenting the Hindi version of the film, too tweeted his joy over the bumper opening of the film.

“Unthinkable and unimaginable highest ever day 1 …data being tabulated ..will take a while!!! Watch this space for the number! #Baahubali,” he tweeted.

The Telugu version of the film netted a whopping Rs. 53 crore, according to trade analyst Trinath.

“The film has taken a phenomenal opening. In Andhra and Telangana, the film in Telugu minted Rs. 53 crore, making it the biggest opening ever for any film across language in the two states. The film is expected to collect over Rs. 100 crore from the two states over the weekend,” he said.

In Tamil Nadu, the film collected around Rs. 12 crore on the first day.

“If the early morning shows were not cancelled across Tamil Nadu on Friday, the film could have collected even more. According to early estimates, it has minted around Rs. 12 crore. It’s going pick up over the weekend…,” Trinath added.

In Kerala, the film is believed to have collected around Rs. 7 crore on Friday.

In the US, from Thursday premieres alone, the film raked in $2.5 million.

The film stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan.

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SS Rajamouli is the Best Director of Our Time: Karan Johar


Filmmaker Karan Johar has praised director S.S. Rajamouli and says it’s an absolute honour for him to work with the “Baahubali 2” helmer.

Karan, whose home banner Dharma Productions is distributing the Hindi version of the film, took to Twitter and said that Rajamouli is the “movie man” of the decade.

“With the movie man of the decade! S.S. Rajamouli…It’s an honour to collaborate with his genius!! Truly the BEST director of our time!” Karan tweeted alongside a photograph of himself with Rajamouli.

“Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” is the second instalment of the magnum opus “Baahubali: The Beginning”.

The epic fantasy film stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj.

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Baahubali: The Conclusion Bollywood Premiere Cancelled


SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali: The Conclusion is one of the most awaited Indian films. The film has been carrying huge buzz and there has been huge crisis for tickets all over. Special premieres have been planned across the country and Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar who acquired the Hindi rights of the film planned a star studded premiere today at 8.30 PM. The whole movie unit including SS Rajamouli, Prabhas, Rana and Anushka are expected to attend the premiere.

However with the sudden demise of veteran actor Vinod Khanna, Karan Johar cancelled the special premiere in Mumbai as a mark of respect for the legendary actor. There has been no update if the film will have a special premiere later. Rajamouli and Prabhas will attend the premiere in Hyderabad today night informed sources. Arka Media Works produced Baahubali: The Conclusion which will release in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam languages.

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Team Baahubali to attend Karan Johar’s grandest screening in Mumbai


Bollywood star filmmaker Karan Johar’s association has helped Baahubali franchise to get pan India appeal. It is well known that Baahubali 1 has performed exceptionally well in Northern territories. Now, the sequel is set for a much better reception in North through Karan’s Dharma Productions.

Ahead of its release next Friday, Karan Johar is chalking out plans to organize one of the grandest movie events ever in India. Sources say that a special screening amidst flamboyant arrangements matching international premiers will be held in Mumbai on April 27th. The core team members of Baahubali unit will grace the event which is likely to be attended by many big names from Bollywood filmdom.

It is learnt that Karan wants to make this event a benchmark to future premier events in India and is going to spend a fortune for it. The Telugu and Hindi versions of the film will be screened during this event. This will be the first premier show of Baahubali 2.

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Karan Johar wants to launch Prabhas in Bollywood

There won’t be any doubts to say that Baahubali franchise has achieved pan India popularity with the association of Bollywood’s top producer Karan Johar, who presented the film in North India under his Dharma Productions. Both Prabhas and Rajamouli gained immense craze in Bollywood circles after the first part became a smash hit in Hindi.

The association of Karan Johar with Baahubali has led to a strong bond between him and Prabhas. Reportedly, Karan is keen on launching Prabhas in Bollywood. It is learnt that Karan has been encouraging Rajamouli to do a straight Hindi film with Prabhas in the lead. Sources say that Prabhas is also interested to do a Hindi film,but only after completing a couple of Telugu films.

In a recent media interaction, when Prabhas was asked to respond on his Bollywood plans, he smartly said ‘ One day I will answer the question’. Sources close to actor revealed that his entry in Bollywood will definetly happen, but sometime later.

Prabhas is currently focussed on his multilingual film, Saaho which is being made on a staggering budget.

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Karan Johar opens up about his sexual orientation


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Much has been speculated about Karan Johar’s sexuality. Hints have been dropped several times, from the AIB roast to Twinkle Khanna’s Section 377 remark on his show Koffee With Karan, but the filmmaker has never explicitly come out of the closet.

However, Karan addresses the elephant in the room in his newly released biography, An Unsuitable Boy, and The Times Of India shared some excerpts from the book.

KJo is quoted as saying, “Everybody knows what my sexual orientation is. I don’t need to scream it out. If I need to spell it out, I won’t only because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this.” He added, “The reason I don’t say it out aloud is simply that I don’t want to be dealing with the FIRs. I’m very sorry. I have a job, I have a commitment to my company, to my people who work for me; there are over a hundred people that I’m answerable to. I’m not going to sit in the courts because of ridiculous, completely bigoted individuals who have no education, no intelligence.”

The filmmaker also opened up about the homophobia and the daily abuse he faces on social media. He wrote, “I have become like the poster boy of homosexuality in this country. But honestly, I have no problem with people saying what they want about me. Twitter has the most abuse. I wake up to at least 200 hate posts saying, ‘Get out, you’re polluting our nation, you’re dirtying society’ or ‘Shove [IPC Section] 377 up your arse.’ I get this on a daily basis and I’ve learned to laugh it off…One man came up to me once very cockily at Heathrow airport and said, ‘Is it true that you are a homo?’ He was with his wife and child, and he asked me this. I looked at him and said, ‘Why, are you interested?’ And he said, ‘Hey, what-what what!’ And I said, ‘Don’t what-what me.’ And I walked out.”

For the longest time, people had interpreted his relationship with his best friend Shah Rukh Khan as something else. An agitated Karan wrote, “For heaven’s sake, for years there were rumours about Shah Rukh and me. And I was traumatized by it. I was on a show on a Hindi channel, and I was asked about Shah Rukh.’Yeh anokha rishta hai aap ka,’ the interviewer said. He worded it in such a way that I got really angry. I said, ‘If I asked you if you are sleeping with your brother, how will you feel?’ So he said, ‘What do you mean? How can you ask me this question?’ I said, ‘How could you ask me this question? For me, no matter what ups and downs Shah Rukh and I have been through, he is a father figure, an older brother to me. For me to look at him in that way or be subjected to those rumours was just ridiculous.”

He added that SRK is unfazed by these rumours. In fact, he had even poked fun at the gossip mongers on an episode of Koffee With Karan. When the actor was asked what he would do if he woke up one day as Karan Johar, SRK laughed that as per rumours, he’d wake up with Karan and not as him.

Karan also opened up about sex, which he said was “very personal” and “very intimate” for him. He wrote, “I lost my virginity at 26. Yes, it is true. Why would I say this on record if it were not? It’s not something I am proud of. It was in New York. Up till that point, I was sexually completely inexperienced. Even when I was a kid, I was very backward in this department.” Explaining the reason, he wrote, “While growing up, I was combating a hundred issues in my head. The thought of sex made me awkward; it almost rattled me. I thought, am I asexual? Why am I not feeling this? Why am I not doing anything? There was a lot of turbulence in my head. For me to address it, talk about it, discuss it, was a big no-no. I brushed it under the carpet all through the making of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. At that time, I was also very large and was grappling with my weight issues. I felt physically undesirable. Post Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, I had actually started working a little on my looks. I had lost some weight and had groomed myself a bit. Finally, I had developed a little spring in my step, a little confidence. That’s when my first encounter happened, after the release of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, out of the country.”

KJo’s candid confessions present a different side to the jovial and flamboyant person we have seen so far. It takes a lot of courage to open up about one’s sexuality, which is still regarded as taboo in our society. Karan, more power to you for being an inspiration for many more to speak up.


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