He’s finally said it. In his upcoming biography, ‘The Unsuitable Boy’, Karan Johar came out candidly on issues of sex and sexual orientation. Several times, subtle hints had been dropped about his sexuality, from AIB roast to Twinkle Khanna’s Section 377 remark to his hush-hush talks on Koffee With Karan. But, KJo never really openly came out of the closet.
Can’t say it aloud because he would be jailed
One of the excerpts from his biography reads, “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. Which is why I Karan Johar will not say the three words that possibly everybody knows about me.” He says he won’t say the words aloud as he would be dealing with FIRs. He’s committed to his work and is answerable to the people who work with him. KJo also opined that his sexuality does not embarrass him, the Indian mentality does.
Poster boy of homosexuality in India
In ‘The Unsuitable Boy’, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director also opened about homophobia in India and the daily abuses he faces on social media. It is mentioned in the biography that Karan has become the poster boy of homosexuality in our country. Every morning he wakes up to find at least 200 hate posts hurling abuses about his sexual orientation. But, he chooses to laugh it off.
Shahrukh Khan is like an older brother to him
KJo also talks about of being traumatized by rumours of romantic linkup between him and Shahrukh Khan. In his book, he clearly says that King Khan is like a father figure to him, an older brother. When people match-make them, he said it feels as if they are saying that he’s sleeping with his older brother. The mere thought repulses him. Being subjected to such rumours is just ludicrous for Karan.
It takes a lot of courage to come out in a country infested with taboos
The ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ maker’s forthright confessions has painted a different side to the bubbly and flamboyant person we have seen so far. The words penned down in his biography portrays that he has gone through a lot in his otherwise glamorous life. To open up about one’s sexuality in a country like ours, needs a lot of determination and courage.