Renowned fashion designer Manish Malhotra on Tuesday shut down rumours and speculations that he is dating filmmaker Karan Johar.
Speculations on the duo’s alleged relationship began when Malhotra wished Johar a happy birthday on 25 May with a picture on Instagram, and ‘liked’ a comment that suggested the two made a cute couple.
“Happy happy birthday my dearest bestest friend Karan Johar have a wonderful year ahead. 25 years of friendship and working together..and many more years to come and may you keep making the most wonderful films and keep being the spirited person that you are,” Manish had written in the caption.
Happy happy birthday my dearest bestest friend @karanjohar have a wonderful year ahead 😊👍❤️25!years of friendship and working together..and many more years to come and may you keep making the most wonderful films and keep being the spirited person that you are ♥️#karanjohar #friendship #friendslikefamily #Bff @mmalhotraworld
Taking cue from this, a Bollywood tabloid reported that the designer had “confirmed” his relationship with Johar.
However, Manish shut this down and told India Times that, “Karan is like a brother to me. It’s ridiculous.”
Both Karan and Manish are a regular feature of the Bollywood social circuit and have worked together in several films including Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna, I Hate Luv Storys, Student Of The Year, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
In his autobiography, An Unsuitable Boy, Johar wrote that he often seeks advice from Malhotra. He is also often spotted wearing Manish’s designs.