An Unsuitable Boy

Karan Johar, the acclaimed Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter, has always been known for his grandeur and flamboyance. His autobiography, An Unsuitable Boy, published in 2017, however, reveals a different side of him. It is an honest account of his personal and professional life, which is both refreshing and intriguing.

The book begins with Johar’s childhood, growing up in South Mumbai, and his close relationship with his parents. He then goes on to describe his journey into the film industry, his struggles, and his eventual success. The book is filled with anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories of some of his most famous films, including Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

One of the most interesting aspects of the book is Johar’s candidness about his sexuality, which he had previously kept private. He talks about his struggles with coming out to his parents and the acceptance he finally received from them. He also speaks about the difficulties he faced in the industry as a gay man, and how he had to constantly fight against stereotypes and prejudice.

The book also deals with the controversies that Johar has been embroiled in, such as the nepotism debate and the ban on Pakistani actors in Bollywood. Johar is unapologetic about his stance on these issues, and he explains his side of the story in a very matter-of-fact manner.

Overall, An Unsuitable Boy is a fascinating read for anyone who is interested in the Indian film industry, or who wants to know more about Karan Johar’s life. It is a well-written and engaging memoir that offers a glimpse into the mind of one of Bollywood’s biggest names. Johar’s honesty and candor make this book a refreshing departure from the usual celebrity biographies, and it is definitely worth reading.


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