'As a child I was quite feminine': 10 honest things that Karan Johar said at JLF 2016
At the beginning of the session, Karan apparently told Shobha De, who was the moderator of the session, to ask him 'anything'.
Jaipur: The front lawn was bursting at its seams as director Karan Johar's session with his biographer Poonam Saxena and Shobha De began on Thursday afternoon. The trio sat down to discuss Johar's biography 'The Unsuitable Boy' and the 40 minutes discussion turned out to be the most unabashed conversation that KJo has had in public glare ever.
At the beginning of the session, Karan apparently told Shobha De, who was the moderator of the session, to ask him 'anything'. And he did not disappoint. From his secluded childhood in South Bombay to his family's hard times to portrayal of homosexuality in films, Johar spoke honestly and candidly throughout.
Here are 10 most honest things that KJo said at the 9th Jaipur Literatuer Festival
On the word that scarred him in his childhood
"I hated the word 'Pansy' and I was called that a lot as a child. I was feminine as a child and had no idea what to do with my hand and legs. So when I was called that in school, I came home with that baggage'.
On growing up in a south Bombay neighbourhood
"Hindi films were looked down upon in the neighbourhood where I grew up. No one knew that I secretly danced to film songs and how much of a Hindi film fanatic I was. I told most of my friends in the society that my father was a businessman and not a producer."
On his obsession over Hindi film songs as a child
"I used to dance like Sridevi and Jaya Prada. When guests came over, my father would ask me to dance on 'Dafliwale' and I would keep the 'Dafli' aside and pretend I'm Jaya Prada and copy her steps."
On SRK and their alleged fall out
"I don't deny that there have been ups and downs. But that's part of every relationship. But Shah Rukh, Gauri and their three kids are part of my family. They play a huge part in my life."
On film industry
"There is a lot of artificial reality. The warmth between filmmakers is missing. It is very cut-throat. And it is not a fraternity. Failure is not taken well in the industry."
On his alleged rivalry with fellow directors
"I am 43. I don't want to fight with anyone anymore. In fact I am in search of a director to fight with now. I don't have a lover, I don't have an extra marital or any kids to show off. I am looking for a scandal."
On being accused of portraying homosexuals in a regressive way in his films
"I think I got the issue into mainstream. Sometimes in cinema, we use humour as a crutch to make it more acceptable to larger audience. There are so many films on LGBT now and I am proud that I got the ball rolling."
On the films that he is made, his least and most favourite film of all time
"My most favourite film is 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna'. Among the films that I have made, my least favourite is 'Student Of The Year'.
On closet homosexuals in Bollywood
"It's okay if they remain in the closet. Laws in our country are such that if they come out they will be tortured 377 times."
On the importance of pursuing dreams
"Money can't be the be all and end all of things. What you like to do, what your passion is, you should do that."
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