When Karan Johar spoke about his ‘painful’ one-sided love that went on for 7-8 years

24 May,2024 06:01 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

Karan Johar revealed on Sit With Hitlist that his film `Ae Dil Hai Mushkil` was inspired by his one-sided love with a person who was not from the industry.

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Bollywood filmmaker and Dharma honcho Karan Johar celebrates his birthday on May 25. He confessed to making the 2016 ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' based on his own experience of one-sided love. In an interview with mid-day.com on Sit With Hitlist with Mayank Shekhar, Karan was asked if the person he was in love with got back to him after its release, the filmmaker answered with a "yes" and revealed it was "Very awkward because his character dies in the end."

Karan said, "I don't want to speak about it because I got bashed for saying something. But the character went through a fictional arc as well. it was cathartic for me to tell that story I felt like that, and that helped me get over that love situation. And you know, for anyone who's been through uh, one-sided love, ek tarfa pyaar, and that heartbreak, it's like I saw the worst version of myself not as a human being."

He continued, "I was pitiful in that zone, you know, when you stare at your phone, waiting for it to ring. When you want that message that message changes your day. When your heart hurts. It's a physical pain. It's not just symbolic. It's painful. And then when you wake up with that anxiety and heavy breathing and then when you see that person even with somebody else, that makes you just, breaks you into a million pieces."

Karan stated that he realised how love can make you, break you, and tear you apart. He said that it is something he feels strongly about today's generation who take love very seriously.

"People are genuinely falling in love. Deeply. And having their hearts broken even more. I was far from Gen Z and Gen X. I found this crazy, mad love in my late 30s and early 40s. And then it just went on for years. But what it did is, is, it gave me a film. It gave me closure. And it now gave me a lot of perspective of never going back," he shared.

Karan concluded by saying that his one-sided love went on for about 7-8 years and that the person in question was not from the industry.

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