Theirs is one of the most talked-about friendships in Bollywood, so when Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan drifted apart a few years ago, it made headlines.
Now, Karan has come clean on the equation between him and his superstar friend in his autobiography, An Unsuitable Boy.
Karan writes that he should not have gone on record to say that he will only work with Shah Rukh as he could not live up to his promise.
"When two people are so close. When they have done six feature films together and then haven't worked together on the set for a while there is bound to be a gap. That is the way the industry is. Shah Rukh is a very possessive person. He is a possessive friend. I think I may have hurt him when I made a film without him. And I think I got hurt because when I did, I felt he didn't give me that paternal or fraternal feeling that I had from him otherwise. I think we were two hurt friends for no reason," writes Karan.
Karan explains that for a while, the equation between him and SRK was tense.
"There was a simmering silent, respectable distance between us. But, there is also an equal amount of love and affection we have for each other. That's never going to go. He can ask me for anything and I will do it... There is a big layer of love and respect still, and no one can come in the way of that."
Talking about how they bridged the "distance", Karan adds: When the origin of the friendship is so strong, it just cannot die. I've not allowed to either, and neither has he. It happened organically.We met at Deepika's party celebrating Piku's success at one point when we were talking, we looked at each other I hugged him instinctively and said, 'I've missed you'. And he said, 'You've no idea how much I've missed you.' We had this moment."
Karan, who in the same book details the demise of his friendship with Kajol, revealed that he kept Shah Rukh in the loop about the rift.
"When I had a falling out with Kajol. The first call I made was to Shah Rukh. He came to meet, spoke about it to me.Then I called Adi and we discussed it. My instinct was to call Shah Rukh first. He had nothing to do with the problem. But I still called him because somewhere Shah Rukh, Kajol and I have been so close," writes Karan.
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