Karan Johar is the most popular celebrity in the country. His sexual orientation has been subjected to much scrutiny.
But the ace director had always stuck in dignified silence, and has often resorted to self-deprecation.
There have also been distasteful rumors of his having been in a relationship with frequent collaborator, Shah Rukh Khan and other few actors he has worked with.
First time, he come to say about his sexuality on the public place.
Only in his soon-to-be-released biography titled Unsuitable Boy, which jointly penned by Karan and Poonam Saxena, has talked about how his sexual orientation and also the rumors about him.
In this book, he opens up nearly all the hate and judgement he’s got for his sexual orientation, but falls short of declaring it, but because he could be imprisoned for doing so in India.
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.
Unsuitable Boy seems to be bold, sensitive and unapologetic about Karan’s life, dilemmas, battles and success, set against the background of conjecture and his sexuality.
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 .
An excerpt from the book reads, "Today, people think that I have all the possible avenues to have all the sex in the world.
But that's not who I am at all. To me, sex is a very, very personal and a very intimate feeling. It's not something that I can do casually, with just about anyone. I have to invest in it.... I've always handled the rumours that came my way."
Karan said that he is embarrassed of the country for its regressive approach towards homosexuality and that he'd never come out of the closet officially thanks to the judiciary of India.
Karan has been outspoken and vocal about a lot many social issues, being recognised as among the most conscientious around. Unsuitable Boy could well be Karan’s very own Koffee With Karan episode, but it’s an important one for sure. Coming out of the closet has probably been a huge relief for him, but it also serves as a slap in the face of a mentality and society.