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A friendship that began in the '90s and even after so many decades, ups and downs, it continues to grow stronger with each passing day. It was back in the mid-'90s when Shah Rukh Khan, who was around 15 films old, became the 'King Of Romance' with YRF film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which was the directorial debut of Aditya Chopra. Shah Rukh, who had worked in YRF films before, believed in Aditya and became a part of his directorial debut, DDLJ, which was also Karan Johar's first film as an actor. That was the beginning of a forever friendship of the trio, Aditya, Shah Rukh and Karan.
Not just Aditya Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar are best buddies, but Gauri Khan, Rani Mukerji and the little ones, Aryan Khan, Suhana Khan, AbRam Khan, Yash Johar and Roohi Johar, everyone shares an equally special relationship with each other. When The Lion King was released in 2019 and Aryan was the voice of Simba in the Hindi version of the film, Karan couldn't control his excitement as he was proud of the 'firstborn' in their family. Karan had tweeted, "Pardon my excitement! But Aryan is the first born in our family!!! And even just hearing his voice has made me so so excited!!!!! And without a bias he sounds amazing!!!!!"
Aditya Chopra turned 50 on May 21, 2021, and to mark this special day, his BFF, Karan Johar gave proof of his existence. Karan posted a throwback picture with Aditya which also featured Shah Rukh Khan's son, Aryan Khan. It was Shah Rukh, who had captured the lovely picture in Goa as Karan, holding baby Aryan in his arms, posed with Aditya for the click. Karan captioned the picture as "And just like that he's 50! So many memories ... so many movies... so many moments... He remains an unstoppable visionary! Silently and solidly takes on the studio mantle and creates barometers for everyone! Happy birthday to my mentor, best friend and chachu to my kids! Love you so much Adi! (yes yes he exists!!) pic courtesy @iamsrk with us being dutiful uncles in goa! Two decades ago!"
When Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kajol had featured on the first episode of the second season of Karan Johar's chat show, Koffee With Karan. During the Rapid-Fire session, Karan had asked Kajol how would she react if Shah Rukh's son, Aryan Khan eloped with her daughter, Nysa Devgan. Karan had asked Kajol, "10 years from now, if Aryan Khan eloped with Nysa, you would…" Before Kajol could give her answer, Karan had interjected, "It's sabotage!" leaving everyone in splits. Making a reference to their film, DDLJ, Kajol had then given her answer, "I would say, 'Dilwale Dulhe Le Jayenge'." When she turned to Shah Rukh for a high-five, he reacted with a poker-face, "Mereko joke samajh nahi aaya. I'm too scared about if she gets related to me… (pretending to stutter) I can't think!"
Shah Rukh Khan is quite often asked about Aryan Khan's debut in films and once he had revealed that his daughter, Suhana Khan wants to be an actress but his son is interested in filmmaking. Shah Rukh had said in a throwback interview with the Hindustan Times, "Aryan is studying to be a filmmaker and a writer, while Suhana wants to be an actor. But even if he wants to be a filmmaker, he needs to study for another five to six years and not just the literal form of studying, but probably be an assistant to Karan after he finishes his film-making course. Aisa nahi hai ki tumhara baap actor hai toh set pe aake assistant director ban jaao. Similarly, Suhana should learn acting for another three to four years if she wants to be an actor. I know many of my industry friends feel my kids should start acting [in films] tomorrow. But it’s my belief that they shouldn’t start acting [in movies] yet."
Karan Johar, in a throwback interview with the Bombay Times, had spoken about launching his BFF, Shah Rukh Khan's son, Aryan Khan. Karan had stated, "Aryan is my godchild. Currently, he is in Los Angeles and he has four years of university ahead of him. When he comes back, he is going to decide if he wants to be in the movies. And if he does, of course, I will be a big part of it as a director or just as a guiding support. For me, Aryan being launched is like my son being launched. I will be this hyper relative breathing down his neck."
Isn't it a priceless picture of Aditya, Karan and Aryan? Baby Aryan's cuteness knows no bounds in this picture!