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Throwback: Karan Johar Reveals How Shah Rukh Khan Won Him Over

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One of Bollywood’s strongest friendships didn’t start out with a zing. In fact, filmmaker Karan Johar had even revealed earlier that he thought Shah Rukh Khan would be a brat. Boy, was he wrong. “I had this preconceived notion about Shah Rukh. I thought he was this young brat, borderline arrogant. But within five minutes of that meeting in Film City, my opinion of him changed. He was warm and chatty,” KJo had written in his autobiography, An Unsuitable Boy.

“I remember my father (late filmmaker Yash Johar) got out of the red car we had and Shah Rukh came up to the car and opened the door for him. It was meant to be a ten-minute meeting, but they had broken for lunch or something and Shah Rukh spoke non-stop for two hours! He was so accessible, friendly and respectful of my father that he won me over in those two hours. I was very sensitive about how people treated my father because I knew what he had gone through. He said, “I’ve heard so much about you, sir, and such wonderful things about you as a human being”,” Johar went on to write in his book.

Karan Johar has directed Shah Rukh Khan in five movies so far – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, My Name is Khan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.


[Image Credit: Karan Johar]