Karan Johar received a threat from the underworld prior to the release of his debut film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
Karan Johar has discussed his friendship and working connection with Shah Rukh Khan on numerous occasions. The filmmaker recently shared a story in an interview that exemplifies their tight relationship. Karan revealed that he was hiding in a hotel room at the time of the attack because he had received a death threat before the debut of his film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
Terrifying threat before the release of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
When Midday asked Karan about the terrifying experience, he remarked that he would never forget how Shah Rukh brought him out. The superstar offered to take the hit so that the other might only stand there. That's when KJo knew for sure that they had an eternal bond with each other.
Karan's book, An Unsuitable Boy, previously recounted the events. In that, he wrote that a phone call came in, and his mom (Hiroo Johar) answered the phone, and it was a call from the underworld. The man told her that if Karan releases his movie (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) on Friday, they are going to shoot him. The underworld didn't want the movie out on Friday for reasons they didn't understand. Karan's mother answered the phone to hear Abu Salem's voice and immediately froze in fear. She hung up and sprinted out the door.
Shah Rukh Khan's fearless response to the underworld threat
The filmmaker wrote about SRK, stating, "Shah Rukh’s response: "Shah Rukh said, ‘What nonsense!’ He went inside and dragged me out. He said, ‘I’m standing here in front of you. Let’s see who shoots you. I’m standing right here.’ I said, ‘No, no, no, my mother was...' He told my mother, ‘Nothing’s going to happen. I’m a Pathan. Nothing can happen to me, and nothing will happen to your son. He’s like my brother. Nothing’s going to happen’."
Director Sanjay Gupta recently shared on X how Shah Rukh confronted the criminal underworld in the 1990s, following the success of Shah Rukh's new film Jawan. When the movie industry was being bullied by the underworld in the '1990s, Shah Rukh Khan was the lone star who stood up to them. The superstar had then told the underworld that they could shoot him if they must, but they wouldn't be able to hire him or get him to work for them since I am a Pathaan. The filmmaker also wrote that SRK, to this day, is the same.
Success with recent flicks has benefited both Shah Rukh and Karan. Karan gave us Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani two months ago, and Shah Rukh's Jawan is already a box-office smash.