Intolerance debate: Now Karan Johar says India is tough country to speak about personal life


Joining the high profile voices who have been raising their concerns over the rising intolerance under the Narendra Modi government, the celebrated Bollywood director Karan Johar has described India ‘a tough country to speak about personal life.’

Speaking at Jaipur Literary Festival, Johar said, “We are in a tough country and to speak about one’s personal life in today’s time can land you in jail.”

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Johar made these remarks while in conversation with author Shobaa De and his biographer Poonam Saxena on his upcoming biography “An Unsuitable Boy.”

Johar also added that he did not want to fight the “governance” by speaking out on the issue of “intolerance” as done by his friends in Bollywood last year.

“Look what happened as a result of anyone who said anything on it. I make movies, I’m fighting megalomaniac movie stars everyday. Do I need to fight the governance? We’re fighting the censor with every film. You write anything, you can’t say anything. How are we democratic then?”

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Earlier, Johar’s friends Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan too had criticised the central government by speaking their mind against the growing religious intolerance in India.

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