'The Unsuitable Boy' Karan Johar opens up about his sexuality
If your sexual orientation doesn’t conform to the accepted norms of a society you are living in, then coming out of the closet is the most daunting task. For ages Karan Johar has been trolled and made butt of several jokes all because of his sexuality.
When you are B-town's much sought-after director, producer, and chat-show host then it's very obvious that you have come a long way. Yes we are talking about our very own Karan Johar. The multi-talented producer-director is all set to share his life's journey by releasing his auto-biography, titled ‘An Unsuitable Boy.'
Now with his much talked about autobiography ‘The Unsuitable Boy’ about to release the director-producer has completely come out of the closet, well almost. In an excerpt from his autobiography that was published in TOI, Johar was quoted saying, “Everybody knows what my sexual orientation is. I don’t need to scream it out. And 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 in any case.'
Johar also spoke about how difficult his childhood was and how traumatized he felt when people started linking him with Shah Rukh Khan, whom he considers like a father figure and an elder brother. Talking about his fear the filmmaker said, “I get scared of being spotted with any single man now because I think they are going to think that I am sleeping with him.'
This shows the kind of suppression he has been facing all his life.
Johar has poured his heart out in the book but even then he hasn't 'specifically' mentioned anything about his sexual orientation.
Explaining his reason regarding doing so Karan has revealed, “I’m embarrassed about the country I live in vis-à-vis where I come from in terms of my orientation. I’m sad, upset and disheartened with the trolling that happens on social media. At the end of the day, this whole homophobia is so disheartening and upsetting. And then they say, ‘Why don’t you speak about your sexuality? You could be iconic in this country.’ But I don’t want to be iconic anywhere. I want to live my life. 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, who go into some kind of rapture for publicity. I’ve reached a point in my life where I am not going to conform to what people think I should be saying or doing. So if you have an opinion about my sexuality, then screw you. I don’t care.”
Well Karan that was very brave of you. Co-authored by Karan Johar and Poonam Saxena ‘The Unsuitable Boy’ will be releasing this month.