AN UNSUITABLE BOY (2017) 2/5 YES Autobiography Rs.100 (from shop) Karan Johar Poonam Saxena [3.49/3484 ratings Good
So I’ve finally completed the auto-biography of Karan Johar named AN UNSUITABLE BOY which was first published in 2017 jan. This book is written by Karan Johar along with Poonam Saxena. Now before proceeding further with the review, let me give you all a brief introduction of who Karan Johar is.
Karan Johar aka KJo is a well-known Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. He is the son of yesteryear Bollywood producer Lt. Yash Johar and now he holds the reigns to Yash’s production house ‘Dharma Productions‘. He had created blockbuster movies ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (won India’s biggest movie award, Filmfare for Best Director), also made ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ and produced many movies under his production house many of which are superhits. Till date he directed 7 movies and produced around 30 movies, written 8 of them.
Back to book: Since its an autobiography you can easily guess what could be the content of the book, its his life story, chronicled as he liked it. This book is divided across 15 chapters, a prologue and an epilogue. He started explaining about his childhood, growing up times, how did he land up with his first movie in direction, also casting the superstar Shahrukh Khan in his first movie, about losing his Dad, getting reigns of his Dad’s company, starting and maintaining the company, his chemistry with Shahrukh Khan, how he felt about his se*ual preferences and troll tweets, what’s his ideas about love & se*, about his midlife angst, about his famous TV show ‘Koffee with Karan’, his fallout with Kajol (a famous Bollywood actress) and his ending thoughts on adoption of babies.
Now let me share what I think about him and his book. As many of us are aware that he is not straight and looks dubious, he has shown his angst and his feelings in his book, how he faced others regarding the same, he also joined vocal classes so as to improve his baritone, to sound more male. But he didn’t rant about anything. He didn’t went that way explaining his se*ual preferences, he just thought not to share anything about it. He share some incidents about his fallouts with Shahrukh & Kajol, he even dedicated a whole chapter to his relations with Shahrukh.
It’s an okay book and it’s my 2nd read of a biography/autobiography, earlier I’ve read the autobiography of Bear Grylls. This one I would say less a biography, more of an advice and instruction booklet as per mindset of Karan Johar. In the starting, the book sticks true to its path and where he explained what all things he has gone through in his past, alongwith his start of filmy career and direction and whatnot he did but during later half and end of book, it becomes a bore since he indulge in giving advices and do’s and dont’s as per what he thinks, repeated lines and incidents, and overdose of instructions killed what could be a gem of a book. Usually an autobiography always has some masalas for readers to dig into, but this book seems more on diplomatic side, somehow KJo didnt shared everything what he wanted to.
He’s still 45 and have lot of years to go through to elongate his career, in which he can rewrite many things, he’s going great guns in his current life, he’s making movies, hosting and judging shows on tv and enjoying his time in parties with his dressing sense, already adopted 2 babies whom he named Yash (his father’s name) and Roohi (opposite of his mother’s name Hiroo), I just wish him all the best for his remaining life, may he entertains us all with his romcom drama genre style movies.
On the book side however, I rate it a 2/5, I will recommend it, since you got to know something about Karan Johar, but if you really want to start reading biographies, try something else first.
GRuchirG (Jee Ruchir G)
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