Dear Karan Johar
I have already written to you once during the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil last year because I liked the film so much. Now I am writing to you again, because wow… it’s your birthday. Happy birthday, Mr Johar. You know I am one of those 90s kids who has watched all your big budget family films with my parents. I have more memories of watching them on TV with everybody than in theatres, though. For my parents, your Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Na Ho is the ‘ideal’ kind of cinema Bollywood should produce but honestly, they could not understand Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. I did, so no worries there.
Well, why Indian families like your films and how good a filmmaker you are is something that you would be hearing every now and then. I mean you have fans all over the world and they don’t wait like me for your birthday, to write something like this, to you. But, there’s something very special I wanted to tell you. Actually, I also wanted to thank you for releasing your book — An Unsuitable Boy. I was late in reading it because I had aimed to finish all the major books written by Naseer Munni Kabir on films and movie personalities. So, I finished your book quite recently. And what made sense to me the most was the part where you talked about ‘heartbreaks.’ It may be because of my age or the time I may have been dealing with, but yeah, your story of heartbreaks and how you dealt with them appeared as the most inspiring.
You know there are not many actors or famous personalities in general who get comfortable talking about their relationships and breakups. And it could be fair on that part too. But, when a person like you, who has been making films about relationships, family, values, love, romance, breakups, patch-ups, career, passion and emotions of all kinds, tells something which is so personal, there’s no reason why not to sit up and take notice.
Karan, (and I am taking a liberty to address you as Karan because you don’t like being very formal, you said in your book) you know it is indeed a very liberating experience when you are dealing with a heartbreak. Like, you just feel that a part of you have just got detached from yourself. Yes, you do look for the missing part and try to find it for some time. But, then you start feeling lighter and invest yourself in growing up in every better way. When you wrote this — “heartbreak has really strengthened my core. It has made me feel alive. When I was going through the deepest angst and was losing the zest for life, heartbreak woke me up. I felt in touch with a beating heart,” I was like whoa! there’s somebody who exactly knows how to polish yourself from something as painful as a heartbreak.
Such situations can be dangerous. Isn’t it? I mean you suddenly realise that you’re shattered, broken, there’s a black out in front of you and you would never be able to regain the strength to stand up and catch the same pace of life. In some cases, it gets even more difficult. But, you know what you have done by revealing your side of the same story? You have told people that one should accept heartbreaks, cry over it for as long as one wants, but then learn to rise from that phase like fire from ashes. It’s also beautiful and very powerful to even think of it.
Yes, so while I wish to sit (or stand, whatever is possible) with you someday to just exclusively discuss more relationships and heartbreaks, I hope today you have the most fun. It’s your day, Karan. You anyway live every day to the fullest (that’s also something you mentioned in the book), I just wish even more success, more Dharma and more good Karma to you.
Also, please keep entertaining us with your films. Write soon, direct soon and take over the cinema screens with your magic once again.
Love to Yash and Roohi.
Just an admirer of your kind of cinema and lifestyle
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