Karan Johar's An Unsuitable Boy - Worth it or not?

10:09:00 AM Ayesha Farhad 0 Comments


When you first start reading the book, the initial thought that comes to mind is, was it seriously written by a 15-year-old going through issues with their high school teen life? The first chapter was a bit too much for me. I thought, man is he trying to gain sympathy from the readers? I literally put the book down for three days. Maybe my expectation level was a bit high?

When I finally started reading again, I slowly took the words into perspective. Then I realised that this book was supposed to be personal. The book speaks like, its talking to someone close to you. Like an old friend confiding in you after a really long time. You don’t need heavy words to talk to your friends, you just confide.

The first chapter of the book describes everything that happened in his childhood. From the good to the bad and from the bad to the good. You might start thinking that why is he talking about his friends who live in his building and why does he really need to speak about it? Further on, you catch on that this book, if anything else, gives an insight into his private life.

I got this book, thinking it might have some Bollywood masala kind of news, but as you slowly get absorbed into it, you know the background of everything that happens in the movie making business. You will be able to relate to the book a lot more if you have been watching Koffee with Karan since the beginning!


He tells us about how his transition, from getting into his father’s business to becoming a director, came along. And how he had decided that would become a costume designer! He gets personal about his friends, Aditya Chopra, Apoorva and others. He speaks about his first funny encounter with Shahrukh Khan and how he wasn’t a big a fan of his before he first met him and started talking to him.

Although he was not a big Bollywood fan and he got into the movie industry with quiet an ease, he struggled to find his place. He gets extremely raw about his father’s death in the book and that was one time when I did have goosebumps on my arms and you do get a soft corner for him! He hasn’t held back certain details about his life and his struggle and comes out to the readers ready to be judged. But on the other hand, he has kept his readers in an anxious state about other details with his friends and family. The rift with Kajol was such. He went ahead and wrote about the reason the fall out happened but he hasn’t elaborated it.

What I did notice is that, his father’s personality and upbringing has certainly rubbed off him. He speaks about how his father let others take him for granted in the beginning and how he was ready to do everyone’s work. When you get through 3/4th of the book, you realise that he does have some of his father’s qualities. He is ready to help people out, he is grounded with his goals. He clearly tells his readers that people think that he is a snooty rich boy and he is not afraid to admit it. He likes spending on luxury items and knows that he has worked for it.

While reading the book, you do feel that he tried to find the respect that was given to senior directors and to those people who have kept their aura as mystique and unapproachable. But what he doesn’t acknowledge is that people like him for what he is. He knows the low down of his generation and as well as the younger generation. People want him to communicate and so he has and he wants the same from other members of the fraternity.

This book is fun and filled with anecdotes about his life. If he has gone way too raw and personal with his life, he also has kept it private at a certain extent. I also feel that he has tried to fix certain fallouts and explained them through his book. Another thing that I really liked about him in his book is that he has appreciated and acknowledged the people responsible for bringing him from his days of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
to the influence, he has created in the industry today.

All in all, it is a fun read if you keep your expectations in a normal range during the beginning of the book.


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