Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was present at the launch of filmmaker Karan Johar’s autobiography An Unsuitable Boy on Monday, said Karan is an intelligent and sensitive man with a gifted quality to understand human emotions.
Shah Rukh Khan said, “I think the name of the book should have been a good boy instead of An Unsuitable Boy because I think Karan is an extremely intelligent boy and a gifted human being.
“When I am saying intelligent, I meant the ability to understand human emotions, people and their situation. I think that is a gift he has from God. He is an extremely gifted sensitive person. And I must mention that he is a brave boy, he is the special human being I have come across,” he added.
Shah Rukh Khan also says that apart from his family, the only person, who understands him well, is his filmmaker friend Karan Johar.
The 51-year-old actor, who has been close to Karan since their initial days in the film industry, complemented the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director for being a “wonderfully gifted sensitive person.”
“I think he is a very sensitive boy, that’s something the book could’ve been called. I have the inability to express my feelings, I have over sensitivity issues, I am complex and damaged, but I realised the only person apart from family, who can give me space or figure out what I am feeling, is only Karan,” Shah Rukh said.
“He can understand what is happening in your heart, in your soul. He is an extremely wonderfully gifted sensitive person,” the actor added.
The Fan star said the book could also have been called “The Brave Boy” as it is difficult to be different from rest of the world.
“The book could’ve been called, ‘The Brave Boy’. I say this with vehemence and conviction. He is extremely different, and not just in the unique sense, he is different. It is difficult being different specially in our country, in the world we live in, and the society we have to face, he is just different,” SRK said.
“To achieve what he has done, with the gusto and aplomb that he has achieved, is beyond the greatest of achievements. Because to be different and to do and be accepted, to run wild and free in this world is a very special thing,” he said.
Shah Rukh, who has in his career given the biggest of hits with Karan, said for him the director will “always remain the most beautiful boy that I’ve seen in my life.”
It was a star-studded evening where many Bollywood stars, including Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan, Alia Bhatt, Manish Malhotra, Suchitra Pillai, Sweta Bachchan, celebrated author Shobhaa De and co-author of the book journalist Poonam Saxena, among others, were present.
The book launch was followed by an interactive session with Shobhaa De that unveiled a better insight of the book.
As the book talked about Karan’s paternal instinct, when asked about it, the filmmaker said, “I think I have a nurturing quality and it came out stronger when I launched Alia, Varun and Sid. I cannot let them go of even now, after five years... I am very protective.”
He also added: “It goes to all the directors of my Dharma team as well. I think that comes from a strong paternal love that I have for them. I don’t know how to go about it but I have so much paternal love to offer.” n