Apart from being a famous Bollywood director, actor and producer, Karan Johar also hosts a popular radio show called Calling Karan. He uses the platform to give people advice about all things related to 'love'. Which is where this inspiring conversation took place between a caller and Karan Johar. In an interview on a famous talk show, he said, “I have never expressed my sexual orientation in those many words. I have insinuated a lot and have said what I wanted to say in my book. I will never say that I am embarrassed or ashamed to say it. I am very proud of who I am and who I will always be”.
Maybe that is what made this phone call so special for him. A 28-year-old gay man confessed that he had gotten married to a woman a year ago due to family pressure. And though he believes in his orientation, he was afraid of what the society would say. To which Karan had a sympathetic yet honest response, "There is no reason for you to succumb to society's pressures and actually ruin her life. Do you want to continue lying?"
While the man on the other line hesitated, Karan accepted that he was nervous about giving him this advice since it was such a big step. "I wish I had this chat with you before you married her. I wish I could have stopped you," the director said.
He concluded his conversation with a piece of advice, with tears in his eyes that moved us all, "It’s your prerogative. It’s your preference. No one can take that away from you. We live in a traditional, conservative society with parents and grandparents who may not understand the concept of homosexuality. But it is not fair to drag another life into this. Your wife does not need to go through this. In her day-to-day life, she must be feeling maybe, less attractive and insecure. While you are entitled to your orientation, you are not entitled to ruin somebody else’s life. I think she deserves the truth. You have to face the music and post that you will feel liberated."
Karan Johar may have in the past made the gay characters in his films merely an accessory, but he sure is ready to change the narrative with strong roles like that of Fawad Khan in Kapoor & Sons. On 6th September 2018 the Indian government decriminalised consensual gay sex, adding a stepping stone to an otherwise long journey of the LGBTQIA community.
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