Karan Johar, often known as KJo is often in the scuttlebutts, be it for his style statements or his controversial statements. KJo single-handedly provides the Indian media with gaiety talks. One thing that has never left Karan’s ears or even his DMs is the question of his sexual orientation. Everything was under the carpet for years until he released his autobiography “An Unsuitable Boy.” The title itself gave rise to questions like “is Karan Johar Gay? Is he homosexual? Is he bisexual or trisexual?” and whatnot. As the surrogate twin babies hyped up the suspicion, this book is an answer to all the unanswered questions.
KJo is seen candidly confessing about everything that has been put up before a question mark. Let’s have a brief look at this.
Karan’s Initial Days of “Exploration”
Karan is seen saying that growing up he battled with numerous thoughts about himself. Some issues that he could never speak about, either from the fear of society or social acceptance. KJo states that he once felt so defeated that he thought he might be asexual. He states in his book that he lost his virginity at the age of 26. The feeling was so foreign for him, that it took a lot to accept. He also uprightly said that the encounter is “very private and very personal” for him.
Karan Johar’s Fear
He is also seen slamming the Indian society in his book for backlashes and restricted outlooks on different sexual orientations. He states “..I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this.” He says he often receives DMs like “’Get out, you’re polluting our nation, you’re dirtying society’ or ‘Shove [IPC Section] 377 up your arse.’” He shares that not only these are offensive but traumatizing too.
Over the years, it has never changed for him. Every other male actor that is launched by him is questioned to be his “partner.” And that is what saddens him and restricts him for talking about his sexual orientation in public. He is quoted saying in his book, “The reason I don’t say it out aloud is simply that I don’t want to be dealing with the FIRs. 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. I’m not going to sit in the courts because of ridiculous, completely bigoted individuals who have no education, no intelligence.”
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Karan Johar also spoke about how his physical appearance hindered his sexuality or sexual desires. He quotes, “I was also very large and was grappling with my weight issues. I felt physically undesirable.” It is distressing to see how we have hampered our mindsets for social acceptance. And this was what KJo went through too. Soon later, he started working on losing his weight. And it was after the release of his directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai that he encountered his first time. He states that he met his partner at a hotel in New York. He refused to give any deets as he had said it is “very personal” to him.
Is Karan Johar Gay?
Talking about the upsurging questions like “is Karan Johar Gay?” Or the blunt statements and headlines in bold “Karan Johar Gay” he says he just laughs it off. KJo cites, “I have become like the poster boy of homosexuality in this country. But honestly, I have no problem with people saying what they want about me….get this on a daily basis and I’ve learned to laugh it off?” It’s upsetting how even in this era we fail to acknowledge people for who they really are. It’s saddening to know what there are a million others who are still struggling to accept themselves in fear of social acceptance.
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Rumors around Karan Johar
Karan Johar also states that over the years, one rumor has stuck by him. That is his relationship with his long time friend and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. Has the country evolved so much that “ek ladka aur ek ladki dost ho sakte hain, magar ek ladka aur ek ladka kabhi dost nahi ho sakte?” KJo has always been asked ridiculous questions on this, and often he has shown his disgust. On the other hand, SRK just laughs it off and rubbishes such statements. It’s high time we stop making it disgusting for them, us and the others too.
There was a time when people said that Karan helped his male friends and actors in the industry, like Ayaan Mukherjee and Fawad Khan after his “needs” are fulfilled. But Karan Johar has denied it rightfully on his own celebrity talk show “Koffee With Karan.”
Karan Johar and LGBTQ Connection
Karan actively speaks about and for the LGBTQ community. He has always been supporting them forthrightly. Recently, KJo flagrantly spoke about the community when India abolished Section 377. He cites, “I just woke up and I cried. I cried for the community. I cried for the fact that there was finally freedom. There was one love and equal love for our great country to have supported this. It was a historical judgement. I’m so glad that it is finally accepted legally, that you can love who you desire to without any legal pressures on them.” He also stated further, “The next step is gay marriages are allowed in our country. That is the next step I aspire for as an Indian, as a human being, at a humanitarian level. I hope that happens very soon.”
Karan Johar grew up in an atmosphere where talking about sexuality wasn’t casual. And till now he has always remained in the closet. Not that he hasn’t dropped hints, he has, in fact many. Many people have trolled him and making him the butt of their homophobic jokes in numerous ways and innumerable times. While on the other hand, they still want him to be open about his sexual orientation. What difference is it going to make? What profit does it bring? And yet we wanna question and make fun of it.
Karan Johar Today
Today, Karan Johar is a successful director, a proud father of two, and a great son. Hiroo Johar supports him and strengthens him. It’s high time, we let him be, let him live and support him, acknowledge him for whoever he is. It’s high time we accept that one’s sexual orientation makes no difference in their credibility. Social acceptance is traumatizing, let go of it. So this is where we have finally answered: Is Karan Johar Gay?