If there is one best friend pairing which has stood the test of time in Bollywood, it’s none other than that of ace filmmaker Karan Johar and superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The actor-director duo has given movie lovers some of the biggest hits of Bollywood. Be it Kuch Kuch Hota Hai or Kal Ho Na Ho, they have won the hearts of fans time and again. A picture recently posted by Shah Rukh on his Twitter handle made us take a trip down memory lane of their evergreen friendship – which has of course come with its fair share of controversies and fights but neither of them has ever washed their dirty linen in public. That is some major #friendship goals!
The 53-year-old actor uploaded an image of himself striking a pose in a stylish multi-coloured, patch-worked denim jacket gifted to him by Karan. As he thanked him for the present, Shah Rukh also took a dig at KJo’s "fashionista sense of style." The jacket has “Dust” written on it. Posting the picture on social media, Shah Rukh captioned it, "Thanks again Karan Johar for 'The Dust of Gods' jacket. Will never be able to match your fashionista sense of style but trying ... (Somebody get me my heels!)." Replying to Shah Rukh Khan's tweet, Karan re-tweeted his post and wrote: "Hahahahaha! Bhai!"
While the duo shares an inseparable relationship, not many know that they did not speak the first time they crossed paths. At a promotional event back in 2017, SRK recalled first bumping into Karan at director Anand Mahendru's office. While KJo was there for an audition, King Khan was there to turn down Mahendru's show. Talking about his first meeting with Shah Rukh, Karan said, "I had gone to meet director Anand Mahendru to audition for his show Indraprastha. Anand was busy shooting and I had to wait for four hours. I noticed a gentleman sitting right opposite me."
Karan said that after waiting for about four hours, Mahendru walked out of the shoot and apologised to the 'gentleman' about the delay. He stated, "No prizes for guessing that this gentleman was none other than the most loved hero of the entire globe, Shah Rukh Khan!” Following this, the duo officially met on the sets of Duplicate, which was produced by Karan Johar's father Yash Johar. And have been friends since!
Their professional compatibility:
They have worked on super hit films including Kal Ho Na Ho, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and many more together. However, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was one of a kind and tug at almost every KJo-SRK fans’ heartstrings!
What led speculations of a falling out:
It came as a shock to the world when Karan did not cast Shah Rukh in one of his films. The gossip mill was rife with rumours of a falling out which eventually did turn out to be true!
What went down after:
Karan admitted in his book 'An Unsuitable Boy' that although there was a “simmering silence” between the two for a while, the Bollywood Badshah has been his go-to person ever since the two sorted out the beef between them. Everyone was relieved when SRK launched Karan's autobiography recently and even appeared on the latter's talk show – proving problems had been fixed between them. Karan reassured the world that his friendship with Shah Rukh can never die and the two will always remain close no matter the curveballs that come their way. "Shah Rukh is a very possessive person. He is a possessive friend. I think I may have hurt him when I made a film without him. And I think I got hurt because when I did, I felt he didn't give me that paternal or fraternal feeling that I had from him otherwise. I think we were two hurt friends for no reason,” he said at the time. Both best friends are aware people are "envious" of their friendship and we agree! "There was a simmering silent, respectable distance between us. But, there is also an equal amount of love and affection we have for each other. That's never going to go. "...He can ask me for anything and I will do it... There is a big layer of love and respect still, and no one can come in the way of that."
When they patched up:
Karan then spilled the beans on the first time he met SRK after their rough patch. "We met at Deepika's party celebrating Piku's success at one point when we were talking, we looked at each other I hugged him instinctively and said, 'I've missed you'. And he said, 'You've no idea how much I've missed you.' We had this moment." Shah Rukh was also the first one Karan approached following his alleged fight with Kajol.
Now that all is good between them, we need them to reunite on a big project! Here is what Karan said last year:
“I just can’t wait to share cinema space with Shah Rukh again. In the last few years, we co-produced films together such as Student Of The Year (2012) and Dear Zindagi (2016) but now I can’t wait to collaborate with him in a full-fledged manner because I know whenever we do something together, it will be extraordinary and amazing,” says Karan, adding that SRK “isn’t just a part of my career”. “He is a part of my life as well. Shah Rukh, Gauri and the kids – Aryan, Suhana and AbRam – are my immediate family. I won’t even use the word ‘dosti (friendship)’.”
He added, “Shah Rukh has been one of my best experiences in cinema ever and it’s something that I can’t wait to repeat!”
Everyone needs a best friend like them:
We love the way they love each other! Everyone needs a best friend relationship like Shah Rukh and Karan’s. Here is to many more years of the two always lighting up the world with their subtle digs at one another, pulling each other’s leg, being each other's go-to persona and calling each other family no matter what life throws at them.