A few months ago just about the time of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil when Karan Johar’s autobiography ‘An Unsuitable Boy’ was all ready for release the filmmaker went on record to say that he was holding the book back to add one more chapter to it . The chapter on his fallout with Kajol and Ajay Devgn. Excerpts of that fateful chapter are now circulating in the media though Karan or his office have not confirmed the veracity of the chapter, it certainly has his style.
Before we delve into the excerpts from the chapter on the Karan Johar, Ajay Devgn, Kajol fallout let’s put things into perspective. It all began in a run up to the Diwali clash between Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay. Ajay Devgn’s office released a tape of a chat between his publicists and film critic Kamaal Rashid Khan in which the latter claimed to have received Rs. 25 lakh from Karan Johar to praise his film ADHM while bad mouthing Ajay Devgn’s film Shivaay. This set off a war between Karan Johar on one side and Ajay Devgn and his wife Kajol on the other. Kajol sided her husband Ajay which is the natural thing to do but to Karan Johar this seems to have brought their 25 year long friendship to an end.
Writing on the episode in his autobiography Karan Johar categorically says that he would not like to comment on the fallout but Karan is Karan,he has said much even without saying anything but that is what makes him Karan Johar, doesn’t it?
On the Shivaay vs Ae Dil hai Mushkil incident Karan says,
“Prior to the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, there’s a lot that happened. Things were said, crazy accusations were made against me, that I had bribed someone to sabotage her husband’s film. I can’t even say that I was hurt or pained by it. I just wanted to blank it out. When she reacted to the whole situation and put out a tweet saying, ‘Shocked!’ that’s when I knew it was completely over for me. That tweet validated the insanity, that she could believe I would bribe someone. I felt that’s it. It’s over. And she can never come back to my life. I don’t think she wants to either. I never want to have anything to do with them as a unit. She was the one who mattered to me but now it’s over. I told my mother that she could have a one-on-one relationship with Kajol if she wanted. That’s my mother’s preference and if Kajol chooses to, but she’s out of my life.”
Giving the incident the shroud of reason Karan Johar says,
“The problem was actually never between her and me. It was between her husband and me, something which only she knows about, he knows about and I know about. I want to keep it at that. I don’t really want to say what transpired. But I did feel that she needed to apologize for something she didn’t do. I felt that if she’s not going to acknowledge twenty-five years of friendship, if she wants to support her husband, then that’s her prerogative. At some outer level I understood it. But I just couldn’t see myself in her life any more. It’s been months we haven’t spoken to each other.”
The current Kajol Karan relationship status is,
“I don’t have a relationship with Kajol anymore. We’ve had a fallout. Something happened that disturbed me deeply which I will not talk about because it’s something that I like to protect and feel it would not be fair to her or to me. After two and half decades, Kajol and I don’t talk at all. We just acknowledge each other, say ‘hello’ and walk past.”
Moving on Karan says,
“I wouldn’t like to give a piece of myself to her at all because she’s killed every bit of emotion I had for her for twenty-five years. I don’t think she deserves me. I feel nothing for her any more. I’ve been told by my friends that it’s still my hurt talking but I’m so indifferent to the situation now, what with everything that’s transpired. There was still a bit of me that wished we would get back to what we had, but that one-word tweet that she put out – that was the most humiliating thing she could have done for a person who loved her deeply. That broke me. Once it broke me, it angered me and then I went into indifference. Now no matter what happens, I’m never going to be there for her. Maybe it doesn’t matter to her at all. I don’t even want to speak about her husband because that’s inconsequential to my life now. He doesn’t matter to me, he never did. I still don’t want to say anything about her husband because I want to respect the history she and I shared,” adds Karan Johar while talking about how hurt he felt after news of the entire bribing episode broke.
On the mutual friends society
“But yes, it hurts me that she’s still close to people I’m really close to, like Manish and Niranjan. Somehow I wish she wasn’t. When they talk about her, it angers me. I know it’s not fair for me to impose my feeling on them but it bothers me. I can’t be dishonest and say it doesn’t. I can’t help it. I’m human. But I don’t want to be that person who asks his friends to take sides. I’m not territorial normally, but about this, I feel very strongly.”
There is a saying ‘Never say Never’ and it holds true especially for relationships. Take for instance the Shahrukh Khan Salman Khan relationship . There was a point over a year ago that everyone said that the two Khans would never ever talk to each other again. Being friends again patching up was out of the question, All the naysayers were proved wrong and recently Shahrukh Khan was on the sets of Salman Khan’s show Bigg Boss for the second time in a row.
So is this the end of the road for Kajol and Karan Johar . We say : Who knows ?