Karan Johar’s Autobiography – Out Now!
An Unsuitable Boy
Karan Johar with Poonam Saxena
Price INR 699 (Hardcover) Pages 216
Penguin India, 2016
Bollywood film director and producer Karan Johar is synonymous with “larger-than-life Bollywood cinema”, but his recently released autobiography titled ‘An Unsuitable Boy’ is exactly not that. Published by Penguin Books India, Johar writes about his childhood, about his mother, his friends, and the lack of them; his initiation into the industry, his first interaction with Shah Rukh Khan — he even dedicates a chapter to a man he calls his “big brother”. And all of this with a frankness that isn’t usual from Bollywood celebrities.
But what has been grabbing eyeballs the most isn’t his work life, or Bollywood gossip and anecdotes that he reveals very often in the book, it is the subtle but enough hint that he has given about his sexuality. “Everybody knows what my sexual orientation is. I don’t need to scream it out. I won’t, only because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this,” he writes in his book, giving everyone just what they wanted to know from him, without even explicitly mentioning it.
‘An Unsuitable Boy’ was launched by Shah Rukh Khan, who joked about the title being unsuitable for the book. Further adding, “…it could have been anything else, ‘A Good Boy’, ‘An Intelligent Boy’, ‘A Sensitive Boy’, ‘A Brave Boy’, or perhaps ‘The Most Beautiful Boy’.” The event saw Karan’s ‘students’, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra, directors Ayan Mukherjee, Shakun Batra, Suchitra Pillai, Punit Malhotra and Gauri Khan, present for the event.