DADDY JO!

IN HIS FIRST IN­TER­VIEW AFTER BRING­ING HIS SURROGATE BA­BIES HOME, BOL­LY­WOOD’S MOST-LOVED FILM­MAKER TALKS ABOUT THE KHUSHIS, GHAMS AND CHAL­LENGES OF BE­ING A SIN­GLE PAR­ENT

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to get Karan Jo­har to bare his soul, you must have cof­fee with him. I do that on Good Fri­day af­ter­noon, at his Dharma Pro­duc­tions of­fice in sub­ur­ban Mum­bai. But the man sit­ting op­po­site me, dream­ily sip­ping a tall, cold Caffe Frap­puc­cino, is not Sun­day night’s stylishly-at­tired hot­shot im­pre­sario of In­dia’s most watched celebrity chat show. Karan looks zoned out. And sleep de­prived.

He was on “pa­ter­nity leave”. And he hadn’t stepped into the of­fice since March 28. His twin ba­bies Roohi and Yash Jo­har, born twoand-half months pre­ma­turely on Fe­bru­ary 7, were dis­charged from hospi­tal on March 29. And overnight the ‘Un­suit­able Boy’ turned into ‘Su­per­star Dad’. The ba­bies had taken over his life. They are now his world. I don’t think Karan, oth­er­wise a no­to­ri­ous workhorse of a film­maker and ar­guably Bol­ly­wood’s most

in­vet­er­ate party an im al, h as been o ut m uch in th e last 1 8 days. Or th o ugh t abo ut wo rk. H e q uite sim ply h as h is h an ds full at h o m e.

Th is is un prece­den ted fo r Bo llywo o d’s m o st cel­e­brated pro ducer an d di­recto r. Th e staff at Dh arm a, an d h is m o th er H iro o Jo h ar, used as th ey are to K aran ’s “n o n -sto p m ad en ergy” (as Sh ah Rukh K h an put it), are am azed at th e ch an ge. But h e’s in o ffice to day be­cause a h igh -po wered team fro m Am azo n Stu­dio s is kn o ckin go n Bo llywo o d’s do o rs. W ith th at o ut o f th e way, K aran sat do wn fo r th e m o th er o f allch ats with m e– yes, pun in ten ded.

Ido n ’t kn o w wh at h e o ffers h is guests o n Kof­fee with Karan, given th at h e sips Diet Co ke h im self o ut o f a co ffee cup. Ih ave reg­u­lar m ach in e-m ade co ffee fro m Dh arm a’s pan try. I’ve been warn ed th at th eh o n est an d o ut­spo ken K aran do esn ’t wan t to talk abo ut fath erh o o d.H e’s just 66 days in to th e ro le. But Bo llywo o d’s n ewest an d m o st ex­trao rdin ary sin gle paren t en th usi­as­ti­cally h as an swers even fo r th e q ues­tio n s Ido n’t ask. H e is a do tin g fath er an d a fussy m o th er. He o n ly in ter­rupts o ur co nver­sa­tio n five tim es to take calls fro m th e twin s’pae­di­a­tri­cian . So I sit back an d en jo y m y co ffee wh ile th e pro ud papa do es all th e talkin g...

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