Happy 2 Days to Shahrukh’s birthday! Yesterday was his 3 favorite people in his life, today is my 2 favorite people in his life.
2. Karan Johar: His relationship with Shahrukh just makes me SO HAPPY! That they are so supportive of each other, that they have such an amazing professional chemistry, that Karan picks up Shahrukh’s kids at the airport!
Karan’s autobiography released this year filled in some more gaps in their relationship, and all of them just make me love them more! Shahrukh was the one who told Karan on the sets of DDLJ that he should be a writer. He was the one at the end of the shoot who said “I want to star in your movie, we’ll shoot next time I have an opening and Kajol is on board too”. He even went to Yash, Karan’s father, and said “I will sign Duplicate with you, and a second film too, but only if I get to select the director for the second film”. And then he selected Karan. Which shocked both Karan and his father.
He talked about Shahrukh being more wrecked than himself when Yash got his fatal diagnosis, about them being closer than brothers, about Shahrukh constantly encouraging him and supporting him in every way, whether it was blindly following his direction in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (against his own better judgement), or offering to protect him from gangsters when Kuch Kuch Hota Hai released. All the way to today when Karan is in and out of their house as much as his own, when he is on call any time there is an issue with their kids, brings AbRam to his office with him, teases Suhana about her hair and make-up, gives Aryan advice.
The thing that touched me most about their relationship isn’t something we know, but rather something we don’t know. A gap that we can intuit. Back when Karan announced his twins were here, it was already several weeks after they were born. And I immediately went back through the twitter timeline for Shahrukh. It was around the time Raees came out, he was doing a lot of post-release promotions on twitter, but there was a strange gap. Because apparently the day the twins arrived and the next, he was too busy supporting Karan to even tweet.
1.1. Gauri Khan: Obviously, the most important relationship in his life! I love that they have been together since they were teenagers. I love that he never even dated anyone else. I love that she is the only one in his life now (besides his ill sister) who knew him from back before he was SHAHRUKH KHAN. I love that she chose him before he was SHAHRUKH KHAN, she dated and agreed to marry this kid with no family or prospects, 5 years older than her, a different religion, and no plan for the future beyond “be a movie star”.
I love that she is glamorous and cool and classy, almost seems more like a movie star than he does. And I love that they are mutually supportive of their professional endeavors, her interior design and his acting. And that they are equally involved parents, you are as likely to see Shahrukh taking care of AbRam on a film set as you are to see Gauri with him at home.
I love that they have grown together, gone from frazzled young parents running from film set to film set because the only way he could ever see his kids or his wife was if she followed him, to two mature confident people with their own lives who make time for each other and trust their relationship will adjust.
And I think my favorite moment is something that they would have disagreed on. When My Name is Khan came out, and the protests and everything were going on in Bombay, Shahrukh was out of the country in Germany for the premiere there. So Gauri took little Suhana and went to one of the local theaters to support her husband’s film, crossing the picket lines and risking the protesters and threats of violence to do it.
My favorite part is that it came out in some interview, Shahrukh didn’t even know they were doing this. Because he never would have wanted it, would have been furious if he knew it was planned. Gauri did it all on her own (well, with a massive police protection group around them) to support him.