JO­HAR: I AM VERY PROUD OF WHO I AM

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Karan Jo­har got can­did about his sex­u­al­ity say­ing that he was never ashamed of it and he is very proud of him­self. Talk­ing about his of choice of mak­ing elite films, Mr Jo­har said that he makes what comes to his mind and never tries to pre­tend to make some­thing dif­fer­ent.

Mr Jo­har said that he was not “em­bar­rassed” but “proud” of his sex­u­al­ity, as­sert­ing that it’s his ori­en­ta­tion which de­fines him. The film­maker, who for the first time ad­dressed the cu­rios­ity around his sex­u­al­ity in his bi­og­ra­phy An Un­suit­able Boy, said the book was his fi­nal an­swer to the world and he will not get into any fur­ther de­tails. “I have never ex­pressed my sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion in those many words. I have in­sin­u­ated a lot and have said what I wanted to say in my book. I will never say that I am em­bar­rassed or ashamed to say it. I am very proud of who I am and who I will al­ways be. What­ever I have writ­ten in the book is the truth and I stand by ev­ery word of it,” Mr Jo­har said at Sahitya Aaj Tak.

The film­maker said peo­ple crit­i­cised him for not be­ing di­rect about his ori­en­ta­tion in the book and he still gets trolled on so­cial me­dia for it. “There were two kinds of crit­i­cism. First, I was asked why I didn’t make it clear what I wanted to say. And my re­ply to that is, ‘it’s my right’. An­other crit­i­cism I faced was that peo­ple asked me why I am like this. There are so many peo­ple out there who don’t un­der­stand the con­cept of per­sonal ori­en­ta­tion.

“Ev­ery morn­ing I get up, I face a lot of trolling on Twit­ter, In­sta­gram and on other plat­forms. If I post a pic­ture with a pout then peo­ple make filthy com­ments,” he said. Mr Jo­har added that the com­ments used to make him an­gry ini­tially but now he feels “amused and just smile when peo­ple make such com­ments”. “What­ever I am, I’m proud of my­self. The ori­en­ta­tion I have, is who I am,” he said.

Talk­ing about his films, the di­rec­tor said he only cre­ates the kind of cinema he un­der­stands well. “The magic of big screen is dif­fer­ent. Peo­ple have of­ten said that I don’t make real films. I say to them that I don’t know how to make real films. I know how to sell big dreams on the big screen. That’s what I know and un­der­stand,” he said.

The 45-year-old di­rec­tor de­fended him­self for mak­ing films about elites, say­ing, “Don’t the rich have prob­lems in life? I make what comes to my mind. I never try to pre­tend to make some­thing dif­fer­ent.” Mr Jo­har said when­ever he has tried any­thing dif­fer­ent – be it My Name is Khan or a short film for Bom­bay Talkies, which ad­dressed ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity – he has never got­ten credit for it. “Un­for­tu­nately, if my name had been Karan Kashyap, then I would have got a lot more credit,” he quipped.

“Now I have ac­cepted this that I will never get credit, so I just do what I want to do,” he said.

Karan Jo­har.

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