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An Unsuitable Boy

Written by: Karan Johar
Narrated by: Gaurav Sajjanhar
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Karan Johar is synonymous with success, panache, quick wit, and outspokenness, which sometimes inadvertently creates controversy and makes headlines. KJo, as he is popularly called, has been a much-loved Bollywood film director, producer, actor, and discoverer of new talent. With his flagship Dharma Production, he has constantly challenged the norms, written and rewritten rules, and set trends.

But who is the man behind the icon we all know? Baring all for the first time in his autobiography, An Unsuitable Boy, KJo reminisces about his childhood, the influence of his Sindhi mother and Punjabi father, obsession with Bollywood, foray into films, friendships with Aditya Chopra, SRK and Kajol, his love life, the AIB roast, and much more. In his trademark frank style, he talks about the ever-changing face of Indian cinema, challenges, and learnings, as well as friendships and rivalries in the industry.

Honest, heart-warming and insightful, An Unsuitable Boy is both the story of the life of an exceptional filmmaker at the peak of his powers and of an equally extraordinary human being who shows you how to survive and succeed in life. 

©2017 Karan Johar (P)2018 Random House Audio

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a beautiful story of a beautiful person

It feels so great to know someone's life so deeply. It is written in a way that it feels like Karan is sitting in front of me and telling me all this himself. I kept enjoying the fact that no matter how glamorous you see the Bollywood industry to be, there are people who still connect on a human level and what goes in there mind is something similar to what eats up my sleep at times. The insecurities, the vulnerability, everything is common and so is the fight against it.

I respect him to actually come out and talk about all this so generally. and I love him alot.

Audible, thanks for an amazing experience.

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A Story worth listening!

I always wanted to know how it must be like being Karan Johar. What’s his process in life, where he manages people and business so efficiently. What led him to become this 360 degree, personality which everyone secretly desires.

Well this audio book says it all, after listening to this audio book, somewhere you will get a sense of yourself to explore those moments and situations in your life, where there are incompletions with people, surroundings etc. which you can complete and choose to be an author of your life.

After listening to this audio book I just want to give a big hug to Karan and wish him all the very best coming on his way.

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Superb perspectives learned from KJo.

Everything abt his life's incident is ironic and motivating. The most emotional part was the chapter of his father's death. How gradually he collected all the broken pieces and started his life once again with the letter that his father has had left for him which included things like, on whom should he trust and whom should he not. He is one such guy who is not bothered about how and what public has to say for him. People called him panzy, ppl called him a flag bearer of nepotism, but he truly came out of all those rubbish comments and have achieved a truest amount of compassion and conviction in his life, cuz he knows now how to take a stand for himself and that's what makes him real. He is one of the most caring person any parent, friends, and siblings can ever have. I wish I also had a KARAN in my life....Toodles! 😊

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learning

everytime I hear karan johar saying something I discover something new and I learn something new of which 2 things are most common
1. a new word perhaps a unique adjective lol
2. a deep thought that I believe can change lives.
karan johar please speak more often and publicly so that each and every strata of society benifits.

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story of Making of Karan johar and great effort

every Life has struggle and this too just lil different.must read don't judge .

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Astonishing

🙏 Gratitude for this masterpiece. The book left me speechless. The way he explained his every emotion and positively put forward each and every phase of his life without any hitch makes me wonder why we hold our emotions. He taught to encounter and face emotions, be communicative and be open for everything life put forward before you.
I admire his movies and now I m a big admirer of his thoughts too.

Gemini love ❤️

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nice book

it is nice book nice explanation
..........I got to know story behind every movie
my childhood was like Karan johar

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Karan and I have so much in common

We are both always high, super emotional, living in the moment, honest, non political, have high regards for elders... etc etc
I always loved watching Koffee with Karan and wanted to read this book..thoroughly enjoyed the book..thanks Karan

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personal yet so universal..

i am walking in a daze..this wonderful masterpiece of a book has touched my soul like no other..all my life I have been more into the Salman Rushdies and the Shashi Tharoors of this world but oh my god what a book this..I do not think there are very many books that deal with human emotions so deeply that each feeling,each experience that he narrates, has the profoundness to tug at your heart..the sensibilities,the sensivities that the book captures strike a chord and touch you in such a way that you begin to feel that somewhere, somehow it is your life actually.. when karan talks about his childhood,we feel oh wait but did I not go through the same insecurities as well..your heart will gush and flutter when the world of elocution and debating is laid before you so vividly ,that is ,if you too have been there and done it in your school and college days..may be the book touched me at a deeper level as I too have gone through anxiety issues and was on medication for quite some time..the depth and sensivity with which he has talked about anxiety and depression is so therapeutic and tne nobility of his approach lies in the fact that he manages to wipe out entirely the stigma that is attached to the two mental issues.. although I had loved kabhi alvida na kehna,the other movies of his I had thought,to borrow his own word,bordered on the frivolous..but he is so unabashedly unapologetic about his love for the opulent and the ostentatious that one cannot help but surrender to his take on life and how it needs to be projected on celluloid... another chapter which had me totally pulled into his observation was when he talks about the younger lot of actors..yes,they appear so dumb in interviews..they have no opinion,no ideology of their own.. English is their language but sadly no depth and class..I loved the way he says that he feels like slapping them.. really,they all appear so shallow,so lacking in substance in comparison to the actors of yore..thanks mr. karan johar for making us fall in love with life as it is,with all its complexities, intricacies,ironies..your words reveal the beauty behind the harshness..I hope you read these words of a person absolutely overwhelmed..

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loved it

written in very simple english and in a very interesting manner loved it very much

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  • 19-09-19

Amazing Journey! Must read

Wow!! A journey from an unsuitable to suitable boy. It’s interesting how everything aliens and transforms his life. He makes you laugh, cry all kind of emotions also touches your heart. It’s nothing less than his movies 🎥

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  • 22-07-19

Must Read

he shares so much about his life, i definitely listen to it again
its inspirational

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  • 28-06-19

little different but interesting

its more like a loud thinking then a book but i love it because it is vert honest.and emotion and feeling are so real people who are fan of his work can understand it better

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  • PSONI
  • 07-03-19

Bollywood fanlit

If you enjoyed his films, and enjoy Bollywood as an experience, you’ll enjoy this. Johar comes across as insecure and vulnerable, but not in a grotesque way. Rather, in an endearing fashion.