Shah Rukh Khan introduces Karan Johar- ‘An Unsuitable Boy’

Close friend Shah Rukh Khan released the much talked about book on Karan Johar’s life in a glittering function in Mumbai. The book ‘An Unsuitable Boy’ threadbare various layers of enigmatic personality of the filmmaker Karan Johar.

Shah Rukh Khan while releasing the book 'An Unsuitable Boy' based on Karan Johar’s life. Photo courtesy: SRK's Facebook page

However, Shah Rukh Khan is not happy with the title of the book ‘An Unsuitable Boy’. As SRK took to the stage to launch the book, which Karan has co-authored with Poonam Saxena, he suggested of multiple titles which he thought made more sense: ‘A Good Boy’, ‘An Intelligent Boy’, ‘A Sensitive Boy’, ‘A Brave Boy’, or perhaps ‘The Most Beautiful Boy’.

Talking about Karan, the superstar said, “Karan is a good boy, and his parents, Hiroo and Yash, would attest to it. It doesn’t matter even if it’s 3 am, he likes to spend time with his mother. Karan understands people.”

Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan have been friends for several decades and they have given multiple blockbusters including Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham,Mohabattein, Kal Ho Na Ho,My Name is Khan and others.  

While talking about his relationship with Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar said, “SRK was an animator, so conversational, respected my father so much. When I saw SRK give my father so much love, I fell in love with him. There are ups and down in so many relationships. But with SRK there is deep love and respect I have for him. Ours will be a dynamic connect that will stay forever. My love for his family is so constant. My love for him and his work is beyond work. We have our down days and humongous high days. They will not get diminished.”

Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar are good friends who have delivered many blockbusters. Photo courtesy: SRK's Facebook page

The book captures details from Karan’s life, starting right from his childhood to his entry into the film industry with a blockbuster of a debut. He has also spoken at length about his friendships, his sexual orientation, his films, his mentees and his life in the book.

Talking about his other friendship, with Kajol, Karan said, “We have a great history. I don’t want to add anything to what has been already said. We have shared a 25-year-long friendship.” Karan has written in his book how his friendship ended on a sour note, “She was the one who mattered to me but now it’s over. I wouldn’t like to give a piece of myself to her at all because she’s killed every bit of emotion I had for her for twenty-five years…  I can’t even say that I was hurt or pained by it. I just wanted to blank it out. When she reacted to the whole situation and put out a tweet saying, ‘Shocked!’ that’s when I knew it was completely over for me.”

Alia Bhatt,Sidharth Malhotra, Ayan Mukherjee, Shakun Batra, Suchitra Pillai, Punit Malhotra and Gauri Khan were also present at the do.

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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