Karan Johar opens up about Shah Rukh Khan's unwavering support and acceptance of his sexuality
In a recent candid interview, Karan Johar shared an emotional revelation about how King Khan played a pivotal role in accepting his true self and embracing his sexuality without judgement.
Published: Wednesday,Oct 25, 2023 07:03 AM GMT-06:00
Bollywood has seen its fair share of iconic friendships over the years, and one such bond that continues to shine is the camaraderie between Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan. In a recent candid interview, Karan Johar shared an emotional revelation about how King Khan played a pivotal role in accepting his true self and embracing his sexuality without judgement.
Karan Johar, a filmmaker and a personality known for his wit and charm, has often spoken about the profound impact Shah Rukh Khan has had on his life. However, in this conversation with Nikhil Taneja on We Are Yuvaa, Karan Johar delved deep into the heart of their friendship, shedding light on a more personal aspect of their connection.
Karan began by emphasizing the progressive upbringing of Shah Rukh Khan, highlighting how the megastar was raised in an environment that fostered open-mindedness and acceptance. It was this very quality in SRK that left an indelible mark on Karan. He recalled a time when he was struggling with his own identity and facing societal expectations.
During this period, Karan's feminine side began to emerge prominently, and he became the subject of ridicule. People questioned his mannerisms, his gait, and the way he spoke. However, amidst the confusion and self-doubt, Shah Rukh Khan emerged as a beacon of unwavering support and acceptance. In Karan's own words, "Shah Rukh Khan was the first man that didn't make me feel lesser for some reason. He made me feel like an equal."
Shah Rukh Khan not only accepted what, in those days, was often labeled as 'being pansy' or 'effeminate,' but he did so without judgment. Karan further revealed that SRK engaged in open and honest conversations about these deeply personal topics. Shah Rukh Khan became Karan's confidant, his go-to person whenever he needed to discuss matters related to his personality and sexuality.
Their friendship, built on trust and understanding, has stood the test of time, surviving the ups and downs of the entertainment industry.
The iconic duo has also collaborated on numerous successful films, including "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai," "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham," "Kal Ho Na Ho," and "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna." Beyond their professional partnership, their enduring friendship continues to inspire many.