Karan Johar has never explicitly revealed his sexual orientation, although thinly-veiled hints have been dropped on several occasions. In a recent interview with an online portal, he was asked if he still intended to “suppress” his sexuality, with people and the law becoming more open.
“They’re too late now. It’s too late. At 46, I can’t be in a relationship. And I’m not being cynical, I’m being practical. I don’t think I can divide my time between a relationship, and my mom and two kids. Not that one has to be sacrificed for the other, but I want to divide my time only between the relationships I have with my work. And finally, I can say that I’m in a relationship with myself. And when you are in one of those, you don’t have either the space or the time for anyone else,” he told.
The filmmaker revealed the homophobia and abuse that he is subjected to on social media. “I have become like the poster boy of homosexuality in this country,” he wrote, adding, “Twitter has the most abuse. I wake up to at least 200 hate posts saying, ‘Get out, you’re polluting our nation, you’re dirtying society’ or ‘Shove [IPC Section] 377 up your arse.’ I get this on a daily basis and I’ve learned to laugh it off.”
In the interview, Karan also talked about several others subjects, including Sidharth Malhotra’s many box office failures and backing a project as experimental as Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra.
On investing in a three-part franchise like Brahmastra, he said, “Ayan is a visionary. He has been studying this kind of cinema as an academic exercise for the past 20 years. When he came to me with the idea, he told me that it needs to be told in three parts. And I think we’re now ready to have our cinema play out in that way.”
“More than his vision and passion, I was amazed by the hard work he has put into the project for the past four years. Four years literally, because he started right after Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani released. His entire team, including Ranbir (Kapoor), Alia (Bhatt) and Mr (Amitabh) Bachchan, the direction crew, the production department and the technicians, have put in tremendous amount of work that I just feel awestruck every time I see them function. The money involved in such a case is secondary. What’s primary is the passion. Brahmastra is a product of great passion,” he added.