Karan Johar finally opens up about his sexuality

For years now, there has been lot of gossips and mean jokes regarding the sexual orientation of Karan Johar, one of the most loved celebrities of the country. Finally, the filmmaker-actor has candidly addressed the much-scrutinised subject pertaining him, in his upcoming biography ‘The Unsuitable Boy’.

"Everybody knows what my sexual orientation is. I don't need to scream it out. If I need to spell it out, I won't only because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this. Which is why I Karan Johar will not say the three words that possibly everybody knows about me," the ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ director says in the book jointly penned by him and Poonam Saxena.

Karan also revealed how he was affected by the rumours linking him to Shah Rukh Khan, who, he said was like a “father figure” and “older brother” to him. “…For years there were rumours about Shah Rukh and me. And I was traumatised by it. I was on a show on a Hindi channel, and I was asked about Shah Rukh. 'Yeh anoka rishta hai aap ka,' the interviewer said. He worded it in such a way that I got really angry. I said, 'If I asked you if you are sleeping with your brother, how will you feel?' So he said, ‘What do you mean? How can you ask me this question?' I said, 'How could you ask me this question?

“For me, no matter what ups and downs Shah Rukh and I have been through, he is a father figure, an older brother to me. For me to look at him in that way or be subjected to those rumours was just ridiculous. But it didn't bother him. He said, 'People talk nonsense, and if a man does not have an extramarital affair, he is supposed to be gay’.

“I get scared of being spotted with any single man now because I think they are going to think that I am sleeping with him. I mean, firstly I have never ever talked about my orientation or sexuality because whether I am heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, it is my concern. I refuse to talk about it...I have not been brought up to talk about my sex life,” Karan says in the book, the excerpts of which were published by The Times of India.

Karan also admitted to getting hundreds of hate massages on social media every single day, but has now learnt to ignore it. He reveals, “I know I am the butt of many jokes, pun intended. 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. Twitter has the most abuse. I wake up to at least 200 hate posts saying, 'Get out, you're polluting our nation, you're dirtying society' or 'Shove [IPC Section] 377 up your arse.' I get this on a daily basis and I've learnt to laugh it off...”

He also revealed that he is embarrassed of the country for its regressive approach towards homosexuality and that he'd never come out of the closet, as the law of the land makes homosexuals look like criminals.