No friction with Priyanka Chopra, says KJo


By Hindustan Times

Today he turns 40, but Karan Johar’s big birthday bash has been making headlines even before he hit this new age bracket. Especially for Priyanka Chopra’s rumoured exclusion— after a much-publicised tweet — from the guest list. However, Karan isn’t amused with such talk.

“First of all, who said PC wasn’t invited? I never commented. She has always been on this (guest list). I have had a very warm and wonderful professional equation with Priyanka. She is very much on the list,” says the filmmaker, clarifying that PC got the invite “quite late”.

But didn’t he hit out at her on his Twitter page after her tabloid interview? “When you turn 40, the first sign of hitting that age bracket is gaining maturity and ironing out issues in your life. I have realised that it’s the only way to live life,” explains the Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu producer.

KJo and PC had their alleged fallout a few weeks ago when PC indirectly lashed out at him in an interview. Later, Karan hit back — without naming her — on his Twitter handle.

“We have worked together in Dostana (2008) and Agneepath (2012), two standing pieces that have done very well for us. So, there’s no reason why anything should change now or in the future,” he adds.

But what gets Karan excited is his much-talked-about birthday party at Taj Lands End today. “I always wanted to host such a bash. For me, there has never been any huge celebration like a wedding or something where you have all your loved ones and friends under one roof,” he chuckles, adding he has no idea what party planner and designer Manish Malhotra has done for the party. “I am just waiting to be surprised,” he laughs.

What about the so-called Salman-SRK clash at his party (although Salman is now out of the country)? “I have invited everyone with a lot of love and respect and I am sure people will come with the same emotions,” says Karan, whose friends from places like London, New York, Dubai and New Delhi have flown in to be part of the bash. “It will be a room full of love,” he says.

Rapid fire
RGV not invited: I don’t know Ramu personally. He has never been a friend or a professional associate.
Launching Student of The Year stars at the do: They will be there. But it’s a platform for nothing else but my birthday.
Marriage plans: I’m married to work, so my profession is my partner.
His party being the talk of the town: It feels like a Friday release! I hope ki acchi opening lag jaye.
On maturity: In terms of maturity, I am 80, but my spirit is that of a 20-year-old boy.