Exclusive: Karan Johar Recounts That One Time He Saw The Spirit Of His Father Yash Johar

In a recent interview with GoodTimes, Karan Johar recounted the details of a spirit encounter.

“When my father passed away, about 15 years ago,” the filmmaker began. “I was in my room at night. My father used to wear a lungi and a kurta and it was a blue lungi and a white kurta, and it was a staple kind of a look he slept in.” Karan Johar revealed.

A year after he passed away, I was sleeping and I woke up in the middle of the night, it was 3 or 4 AM. I swear, I thought I saw a silhouette of dad. I closed my eyes thinking I’m imagining or a part of a dream. I opened my eyes and saw a silhouette of dad again. And it was a blink and a miss. But it happened thrice and I just after that, started saying things to him.

“I just spoke normally,” Karan Johar added. “I said, ‘Papa, if you’re around, I want to tell you’ whatever thoughts I had in mind. I woke up in the morning and said ‘this was not a dream. I remember it exactly.’ The filmmaker didn’t share it with anyone at the time. Later, he shared it with his mother Hiroo Johar.

I said ‘I am not freaked out about it.’ Because I felt like a presence is around us. And I felt it very strongly for about 10 years. And then in the last 5 years, I would say I feel he’s not around anymore. Perhaps, he wanted to take care of us and now he’s in another realm.

On the work front, Karan Johar has recently directed one of the parts of an upcoming web anthology titled Ghost Stories. Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee will direct the other three parts. The four directors have collaborated earlier for the 2018 anthology Lust Stories, which was released on Netflix, and for Bombay Talkies (2013), which also comprised four segments, one by each.

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