While Karan Johar’s second directorial venture Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (K3G) may have been a lesson on loving your family, the sets of the multi-starrer were anything but homely or welcoming, at least for Hrithik Roshan.
As soon as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was released in 2001, it smashed box office records and became one of the most loved films of all time. It revolved around the rift in the illustrious Raichand family and their eventual, tearful reunion, while also exploring the prevalent class divide in India.
Karan Johar had revealed in his memoir, An Unsuitable Boy, that Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, and Kajol kept a distance from Hrithik, who was then 27 years old and riding high on the popularity of his recently released film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai.
According to Karan, it was “really sad” because the hostility had to do with the success of his film. Hrithik was being compared to Shah Rukh and touted as the next big thing in Bollywood then.
“It was unfair because he was too junior, and Shah Rukh was already such a big star. But that was a phase when one or two of Shah Rukh’s films had gone wrong and the media had started projecting Hrithik up there,” Karan wrote.
The filmmaker elaborates:
“The negativity that crept in was not justified. I felt Hrithik was the only one during the course of the shooting who needed a little hand-holding. See, the Bachchans did not have that equation with him. And Kajol was team Shah Rukh,” he added.
Karan went on to develop a really good friendship with Hrithik at that point in time. “We got close; he was a bit of a lost child in this whole lot. Hrithik, anyway, is slightly awkward around people. He’s not the most people-friendly person. Now he has become a lot better,” he shared.
By the way, remember when PML-N Supremo’s grandson Junaid Safdar made waves for his physical transformation? Social media users are comparing his transformation to Hrithik’s character Rohan from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.
As childhood pictures of Junaid Safdar began circulating, many pointed out how his bodily transformation is similar to that of Hrithik’s character. The comparison caught our attention, and it would suffice to say that we can’t deny the uncanny similarity.
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