Karan Johar’s autobiography ‘An Unsuitable Boy’ is out ever since its release, there has been a plethora of revelations coming out. In fact, it feels like a pandora’s box has been opened. From his fallout with Shah Rukh Khan and ultimate patch up, to the end of his friendship with Kajol, and owning up to his sexuality, Karan Johar has been quite upfront and unapologetic about his life in this book.
The latest revelation that has made it to the headlines is about the fallout of Karan with KareenaKapoor, at the time of ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’.
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We all know that Kareena was Karan’s first choice for the movie, but backed out due to reasons unknown. Rumours were also heard that there was an ugly spat between the two following the change in cast. Now, Karan has opened up about the same.
According to Karan, Kareena, who was just few films old, and had just had a flop ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge!’, demanded a fee equivalent to much senior Shah Rukh Khan.
In Karan’s words, “My first problem was with Kareena. She asked for too much money and we had some kind of a fallout at that time. ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge!’ had just released, directed by Kunal Kohli. She said, ‘Aditya Chopra’s assistant Kunal Kohli has made this flop, so Karan Johar’s assistant, Nikhil Advani is not to be trusted either’. The weekend of Mujhse Dosti Karoge’s release, I offered her Kal Ho Naa Ho, and she asked for the same money that Shah Rukh Khan was getting. I said, ‘Sorry’. I was very hurt. I told my father, ‘Leave that negotiation room’ and I called her. She didn’t take my call, and I said, ‘We’re not taking her.’ And we signed Preity Zinta instead. Kareena and I didn’t speak to each other for almost a year. For a year, we looked through each other at parties. It was very idiotic. She was a kid; she’s a decade younger than me.”
However, the two reconciled when Karan’s father, Late Yash Johar fell ill.
Karan further writes, “We were releasing ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ in November. We had shot the film in June, July, August and in September I had to shoot the songs, make the promos and so on. So I had to head back, while my father continued the treatment in New York. That was the time Kareena Kapoor called me. It was August. We had not spoken for nine months. She called and said, ‘I heard about Yash uncle.’ She got really emotional on the phone, and she said, ‘I love you and I am so sorry I haven’t been in touch. Don’t worry.”
Well, all’s well that ends well. We are glad they are back to being best pals.