Proud of who I am: Karan Jo­har on his sex­u­al­ity

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - PTI

Karan Jo­har says that he is 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, says 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’m em­bar­rassed or ashamed to say it. I’m 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,” Jo­har says.

The film­maker says 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 wake up to 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 says.

Jo­har, who de­buted as a di­rec­tor in 1998, adds that the com­ments used to make him an­gry ini­tially but now he feels “amused”.

I have said what I wanted to say in my book (An Un­suit­able Boy) and I stand by ev­ery word of it KARAN JO­HAR,

FILM­MAKER

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