Karan Johar is dreading Monday. That day, at 11 pm, somebody very dear to him will pass away from this world. His mother, he fears, will be very deeply affected, as she went into depression from the time she learnt that the end was near. Such is the importance of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in K-Jo’s household.
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“For my mother, it [the serial] was like a family member, whom she was meeting every day for almost a decade. Suddenly the member is not there. I hope she copes with it,” says Karan. Life does go on and it helps that next week will also see the release of his film Dostana, in which he has pushed the envelope on sexuality, putting his lead male characters — played by John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan — in a pseudo gay relationship.
Expect plenty of male magnetism. Sometime ago, a daily published a Dostana still of John with his shorts half pulled down, showing more than a hint of sculpted butt, bringing forth delighted shrieks from admirers — and we cannot specify if they were all female.
Abhishek, named a gay icon a couple of years ago, does not reveal as much, but works his brooding sexiness to the hilt.
Sexy matters, believes Karan. “No mainstream actor should run away from being sexy,” he says. “It’s as important for a man to look sexy as it is for a woman. Every superstar has had a high sex appeal — be it Mr Bachchan, SRK or Hrithik. One must look desirable to be desirable.”
On homosexuality, his stand is open-minded: “Your sexuality is your prerogative. If a man loves a man and a woman feels for a woman, they are not... hurting anyone. I don’t think anyone should come in between.”
A new role
In Luck By Chance, directed by Zoya Akhtar, filmmaker-actor Farhan Akhtar’s sister, Karan shares screen space with Hrithik Roshan and Farhan. “It was such a moment,” says Karan. “I was speaking my lines about Farhan, looking at Hrithik, while being directed by Zoya. We were the same gang that danced like crazy at Abhishek’s birthday parties at Pratiksha. A scene straight out of our childhood.”
One thing distinguishes him from the others: they are married, he is not. “But,” he says, “I am happy. I have full control of my life. And I already have a woman in my life — my mother.”