Bollywood’s most popular filmmaker Karan Johar has added another feather to his cap – his biography titled ‘An Unsuitable Boy’ will hit the stands shortly. The book is co-authored by Poonam Saxena.
However, the gay community in India is not happy with Karan Johar as he chose not to openly admit that he’s a gay in his biography ‘An Unsuitable Boy’.
In conservative India, homosexuality is still a taboo and most still see same-sex relationships as illegitimate. Despite that, the outpouring of anger (by the gay community) continues against Johar.
The title of his memoir is a play on ‘A Suitable Boy;, the novel by award-winning Indian author Vikram Seth, who himself is a gay. Recently, Seth sad that it was a “sad dereliction of their responsibility” when famous Indians refused to come out and be “role models” for many others who were suffering silently in India.
Bollywood’s budding filmmakers, activists and Twitterati have also come down on Karan Johar for trivialising ‘being gay’ in his films.
“The reason I don’t say it out aloud is simply that I don’t want to be dealing with the FIRs [police complaints]. 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,” Karan Johar in response to the critics.
Filmmaker Karan Johar authors ‘An Unsuitable Boy’
In the book, Karan Johar talks about his growing up years, his sexual orientation, his Bollywood career, and more.
He also reveals the tough times they went through when his father (producer Yash Johar) had to sell the house and jewellery when his films went into losses.
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