Karan Johar Reveals His Special Bond With Shah Rukh Khan: ‘We don’t have any contracts, he’s never asked me for money’

Filmmaker Karan Johar has opened up about his friendship with superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and how they never discuss money while working together. In a recent interview, Karan said that Shah Rukh has done cameo appearances in his films like Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Brahmastra for free, and that he only gifts him clothes as a token of appreciation.

Karan said that their contracts are based on gratitude and not on monetary terms. He said, “Our contracts with Shah Rukh Khan read: ‘It was a pleasure working with you. Thank you so much!’ That’s the contract. There is no contract!”


When SRK told Karan, I’ll take the bullet for you

Karan also shared how he and Shah Rukh have been there for each other through thick and thin, and how they have seen each other’s growth in the industry. He recalled how Shah Rukh came to his rescue when he was threatened by an underworld don at the premiere of his debut film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He said, “I’ll never forget how Shah Rukh brought me out. He said, ‘I’ll take the bullet for you, you just stand here’.”


Shah Rukh never charges Karan Johar a penny, there’s no contract

Karan was asked how much Shah Rukh charges as a lead or even when he appears in a special appearance. Karan Johar revealed that he doesn’t charge a penny. He said, “(He neither charged for) Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) nor for Brahmastra (2022), for which he shot for 14 days! But that is our relationship.”

Karan Johar, however, treats him with clothes. KJo stated, “I give him clothes. I don’t think he has ever asked me for money, even for a film that he has done [as lead]. Whatever is given, is given. Our contracts with Shah Rukh read: ‘It was a pleasure working with you. Thank you so much!’ That’s the contract. There is no contract!”


When Karan Johar stepped in to direct Shah Rukh’s Ra.One

Karan Johar also revealed how he stepped in to direct a portion of Shah Rukh’s film Ra.One when the team was doing double shifts, and how it was no big deal in their relationship. He continues, “I remember when he was shooting Ra.One, he had a double unit. He called me to shoot for 6 days because Anubhav (Sinha) was doing big action and he needed just simple patch kind of scenes. I flew from Bombay and did it. These are not big deals in our relationships.”

(Also read: Karan Johar Reveals Reason For Quitting Twitter (X), “They abused my mother, I don’t want to read anything about my children”)


Long lasting collaboration between SRK and Karan Johar

Karan and Shah Rukh have given some of the biggest hits in Bollywood, such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, My Name Is Khan, and Kal Ho Naa Ho. They have also collaborated as producers on several films, such as Student of the Year, Dear Zindagi, and Ittefaq. Their latest venture was Brahmastra, which stars Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, and Nagarjuna Akkineni in lead roles and Shah Rukh Khan appeared in a very special role.

Karan has often expressed his admiration and respect for Shah Rukh, calling him his elder brother and mentor. He has also said that he considers Shah Rukh’s wife Gauri Khan and children Aryan Khan, Suhana Khan, and AbRam Khan as his family.

Shah Rukh has also praised Karan in the past for his talent and vision as a filmmaker, and has credited him for giving him some of his most memorable roles. He has also supported Karan’s initiatives as a producer and a host of popular talk show Koffee With Karan.

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