Freedom of expression is “the biggest joke”, said Karan Johar, one of Bollywood’s most successful film directors, at the Jaipur Literature Festival.
“How are we democratic? How is there freedom of expression?” he asked, stating “Everywhere I go, I am scared, I am scared I am saying something in Jaipur, and God knows who’ll file a case when I reach home. So I have become some kind of an FIR king now.”
He also referred to the country’s archaic laws which criminialize homosexuality. Reminding his audience that he has never openly said he is gay – “I have not yet revealed (that),” he said in Jaipur – he stated, “Revealing in today’s time will land you in jail…we’re in a tough country to speak about your personal life.”