Karan Johar - An Unsuitable Boy

Karan Johar - An Unsuitable Boy

Karan Johar - the filmmaker the stars love to love - gives us a glimpse into his emotional journey, personal life and professional highs and lows in his autobiography.
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A Blockbuster Book

Although it's about a Bollywood boy - Karan touches upon an elaborates on several people and incidents that are from the world of the movies. This book is not a historical treatise about Bollywood. The story is Karan's life tale, it's narrated from the point of view of a child who grew up in South Bombay but whose life was driven by a passion for Hindi movies and one who became along the way one of the most-loved film-makers of all time.

The book is packed with personal details, about relationships made and broken, love, sexuality and heartbreak, the magic of the movies.The book is effortlessly written just like his free-wheeling chat show Koffee With Karan. He draws you into a world filled with glamorous people - only here, he has also spotlighted heartache, heartburn and fears.
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| The Man |

Although, the book has subtle references to movies. Primarily a narrative of Karan's life, from his nascent days to the present. It takes off from his childhood in a small flat in an elite, upmarket locale of South Bombay, touching upon in his terms what was a 'lonely existence'.

"I longed for a sibling. I used to feel very upset when I saw other children's brothers and sisters. It really bothered me. But my mother couldn't have another child. She tried. But she already had a tough pregnancy with me,  so when she got pregnant again, she had to abort the child because the doctor said she wouldn't be able to handle it and it could be detrimental to her health... It was lonely existence for me. I had complexes because of my weight, my being effeminate."
- Karan Johar -

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| His Voice |

For those who have interacted with him personally or professional, interviewed him or been a tele-buf and seen one or more editions of Koffee With Karan, you'' realise that the words flow easily through the book.
It's Karan in the printed form!
He's conversational, easy to understand and draws you into his experience with felicity. Even speaks about his equation with Shah Rukh Khan (there's an entire chapter on him even though he appears through different parts of the narrative).

"Even when there was this minor or mild distance between us, on many levels, he was still my first go-to-person in a situation of distress, or to seek help or advice. When I had a falling out with Kajol, the first call I made was to Shah Rukh... He had nothing to do with the problem. But I still called him because somewhere, Shah Rukh, Kajol and I have been so close."
- Karan Johar -

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| His Honesty |

He is honest, real and does not hesitate - unlike other celebrities - to throw the harsh spotlight on himself, when the occasion warrants. Like when he talks about his weight issue:
"I was very fat, so kids often called me 'fatty'. That just got me more into my shell. It used to bother me a hell of a lot but it never stopped me from eating. I believe there was no other way - I just had to eat for my own happiness. Now that I think about it, subconsciously or psychologically, my only friend was food."
- Karan Johar -

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| Its EQ |

Like most of his movies are characterised by huge dollops of emotion and sentiment - An Unsuitable Boy is filled with emotions. Karan speaks so eloquently about the rollercoaster he has ridden all through his life. the emotions he went through when (and in the period after) his father passed away:

"I remember coming back to the house, and there were people I had to meet, but I just went into my room. There was a tiny closet there. I went inside, closed the doors, sat down and wept. I just wept and wept. I think it is the last time I've ever cried like that."
- Karan Johar -

After having read An Unsuitable Boy, it offers confidence to me being in my own skin or to be living in the moment. Despite the personal insecurities that he confesses he has suffered from for a large part of his life, Karan is Karan - unabashedly who he is!
He is a boy - suitable or not - who has the spunk to say firmly and clearly.
"Today, I finally feel liberated. I feel like I can take on anyone or anything!"
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