NEW DELHI — Bollywood filmmaker, director and chat show host, Karan Johar, has released his autobiography ‘An Unsuitable Boy’ on Tuesday on which he has revealed his sexual orientation, relationships, intimate details of his life and his journey to Bollywood etc.
Karan’s best friend Shah Rukh Khan was present to launch the biography. The event also attended by Karan’s mentees, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra, however,the two walked in seconds apart. Ayan Mukherjee, Shakun Batra, Suchitra Pillai, Punit Malhotra, and Gauri Khan were also present at the event.
Co-authored by Poonam Saxena, the book captures details from Karan’s life, starting right from his childhood to his entry into the film industry with a blockbuster of a debut.
From talking about his childhood and growing up years, initiation into the film industry, experiences with moviemaking and helming Dharma Productions, relationship with friends like Shah Rukh Khan, Aditya Chopra and Kajol, and of course, the subject of his sexual orientation and the success of Koffee With Karan, Karan has said it all in his book.
While talking about his sexual orientation, Karan has never uttered those three words but he has been so vocal about his sexual orientation right from the beginning. “People judge my sexuality because they think they own me, since I am in their living room every day as a TV personality,” he said.
Stating the special bonding with Shah Rukh Khan, Karan says, “I found SRK very animated and real when I met him for the first time,” Karan replied. Karan and his father, Yash Johar, had gone to meet Shah Rukh to discuss casting him in Duplicate. “How SRK respected my father meant the world to me.”
“My love for Shah Rukh and his family has been constant and consistent,” said Karan.
While talking about relationship with once good friend Kajol, Karan says, “I don’t want to say anything more [about her].” “Chapters end. Relationships end.”
“In relationships, there are ups and downs… there are turbulent times. But I have to say the soul and the heart I have found within the fraternity of the industry is amazing,” the 44-year-old director said.Follow @gorkhapost
Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency
MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.
Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.
The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.
There were no other candidates.
Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.
“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.
“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.Follow @gorkhapost