See pics : Shah Rukh Khan on Karan Johar at Unsuitable Boy launch: 'He's the most beautiful person I know'

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As Shah Rukh Khan launched Karan Johar's biography on Monday, he had a grouse with its title. Karan, meanwhile, said he has only love for SRK.

Shah Rukh Khan is not happy with the title of his friend Karan Johar ’s biography, ‘An Unsuitable Boy’. As the superstar took to the stage to launch the book, which Karan has co-authored with Poonam Saxena, he suggested a plethora of titles which he thought made more sense: ‘A Good Boy’, ‘An Intelligent Boy’, ‘A Sensitive Boy’, ‘A Brave Boy’, or perhaps ‘The Most Beautiful Boy’. Talking about Karan — director, producer, actor, talk show host and now author — SRK said, “Karan is a good boy, and his parents, Hiroo and Yash, would attest to it. It doesn’t matter even if it’s 3 am, he likes to spend time with his mother. Karan understands people.”

The duo has been friends for decades now. They have acted together in films like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and My Name Is Khan and Karan treats SRK like family. However, this did not stop people from speculating that they were romantically involved, a topic Karan dismissed in his biography in no uncertain terms. Not just that, he has spoken at length about his friendships, his sexual orientation, his films, his mentees and his life.

At the book launch in Mumbai on Monday, Karan explained why he loves Shah Rukh so much, “Shah Rukh Khan was an animator, so conversational, respected my father so much. When I saw SRK give my father so much love, I fell in love with him. There are ups and down in so many relationships. But with SRK there is deep love and respect I have for him. Ours will be a dynamic connect that will stay forever. My love for his family is so constant. My love for him and his work is beyond work. We have our down days and humongous high days. They will not get diminished.”

While talking about stardom, he said,” Clearly edged in my head. I grew up with movie stars. I was used to stars’ stardom. We had to succumb in their stardom.”

Co-author Poonam Saxena, Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Milee Ashwarya, journalist Shobhaa De, were also present at the launch of Karan Johar’s biography that was launched by Shah Rukh Khan.

Talking about his other friendship, with Kajol , Karan said, “We have a great history. I don’t want to add anything to what has been already said. We have shared a 25-year-long friendship.” Karan has written in his book how his friendship ended on a sour note, “She was the one who mattered to me but now it’s over. I wouldn’t like to give a piece of myself to her at all because she’s killed every bit of emotion I had for her for twenty-five years…  I can’t even say that I was hurt or pained by it. I just wanted to blank it out. When she reacted to the whole situation and put out a tweet saying, ‘Shocked!’ that’s when I knew it was completely over for me.”

Karan had something to talk about his personal friendships in the showbiz in general. The filmmaker said,”Most of my personal connections are my family. My most dynamic relationships are with fraternity and the industry. I will cherish these relationships all my life.”

Karan Johar's autobiography — An Unsuitable Boy, co-authored by Poonam Saxena and published by Penguin Books India — is being launched at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai on Monday, 16 January 2017. Karan's book is being launched by his close friend and colleague of many years, Shah Rukh Khan. Incidentally, there is an entire chapter devoted to SRK in Unsuitable Boy. Of course, that not the only thing Karan has written about. Read Firstpost's review of Unsuitable Boy here. Karan's book is packed full with details and insights that only a Bollywood insider could provide. However, this is not a book about Bollywood — rather the film industry serves as the backdrop against which the events in his life unfold; the people he meets are part of this world. Several extracts published/leaked from the book have already gone viral. For instance, there is the chapter in which Karan talks about his sexuality. "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," he writes. "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." He has also written about his falling out with two actresses — Kareena Kapoor (with whom fences were soon mended) and with Kajol (with whom they weren't). "I don't have a relationship with Kajol anymore," Karan writes in the chapter "Friends and Fallouts". "...she's killed every bit of emotion I had for her over 25 years. She doesn't deserve me." The unpleasantness with Kareena (it was over Kal Ho Na Ho) fortunately ended when she made a conciliatory call; Karan's father Yash Johar had been diagnosed with cancer at the time. "We had not spoken for nine months. She called and said, 'I heard about Yash uncle.' She got really emotional on the phone, and she said, 'I love you and I am so sorry I haven't been in touch. Don't worry'," Karan has written in Unsuitable Boy. Unsuitable Boy is one of those rare celebrity autobiographies that gives the impression of complete candidness. What further secrets will be revealed during the launch event

The memoir, which was launched by his long-time friend and collaborator Shah Rukh Khan, has been in the news prior to the launch for Johar’s candour. In the memoir, Johar addresses the rumours surrounding his sexuality, and that he will come out publicly, some day on his terms, but at the launch he chose to give the issue a miss.

Co-written with journalist Poonam Saxena, Johar bares all for the first time about his childhood, the influence of his Sindhi mother and Punjabi father, obsession with Bollywood, his love life, the AIB Roast, rivalries as well as friendships.

An entire chapter of An Unsuitable Boy is dedicated to his friendship with Khan. “The book could have been called ‘A Good Boy’ — I don’t know anyone else who sits down with their mother at the end of the day and discusses teleshopping. It could have been called ‘A Brave Boy’ — to be so different, especially in this country, and to have achieved what he has is very special. And finally, the book could have been called ‘A Beautiful Boy’. He’s the most beautiful person I have ever seen in my life,” said Khan.

At the launch, Johar also also spoke about his fallout with actor Kajol , a friend for nearly 25 years. “Chapters end, books end and even relationships end,” said the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai director. When his friendship with Kajol ended, the first person Johar spoke to about it was Khan. He made more revelations when he spoke about his “paternal instinct”.

Johar said: “I have a nurturing quality in me. I have love to offer. I have a strong paternal instinct.” Johar confessed that he realised this when he launched Alia Bhatt ,varun dhawan ,and sidharth Malhotra in Student of the Year (2012). Bhatt and Malhotra were in the audience with Gauri Khan and other Bollywood celebrities.

 See pics here of launch..

 SRK welcomes Alia.
Alia chats with KJo. 
Sidharth and Alia at the event
KJo gets emotional at the launch of his book
Karan Johar’s childhood friend Shweta Bachchan Nanda made sure she was there on his big day
SRK launches KJo’s book.
Mommy Johar: Hiroo Johar at the launch.
Manish Malhotra, one of Karan Johar’s closest friends
The Dharma Squad: Ayan Mujherji director of Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani
The Dharma Squad: Puneet Malhotra director of I Hate Luv Storys
The Dharma Squad: Shakun Batra director of Kapoor and Son’s
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