When Karan Johar mistook fans cheering for Kai from EXO as his fans: Not a single person was for me

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Back in 2018, filmmaker Karan Johar was living every EXO fans dream when he was at the same event as the Kpop star Kai. Yes, we are talking about the famous selfie of Kai and Karan that made the rounds of the internet for several weeks. EXO fans in India were screaming with joy when they saw the two of them together at a fashion show in 2018. But, did you know that Karan had mistaken fans cheering for the EXO star as his fans only to realise that ‘not a single person’ was for him?

In an interview with Janice on Social Media Star, Karan recalled, “I was inundated with (messages) like ‘Kai, this K-pop star from EXO, is attending the show, you gotta take a selfie, you gotta take a selfie, you gotta take a selfie’ and I was like, I kid you not, there were at least 3,000 mentions and I was inundated, like I was with Reshma, as in Reshma Shetty (celebrity manager), I was like ‘Reshma, who is this person?’ K-pop I had heard of upar upar se, I had no idea about the teenage craziness.”

Karan then revealed that he and his team began looking for Kai at the venue but could not find the EXO star, “We were looking at everybody and I just couldn’t (find him). Then I said, ‘you know I am going to walk outside and he’s not there, let’s leave.’ We’ve gone outside and there were like screaming people. I was like, ‘You know Reshma, there are a lot of people who have seen Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in Paris and that’s why this crowd is screaming.’ She says, ‘Karan this is not for you.” 

But Karan was shocked to know that all the fans for Kai and none for him but eventually Natasha Poonawalla helped the filmmaker chat up with Kai to eventually get a picture together, “I went there, she tapped him, he was very sweet, he said, ‘Yes, yes, I know,’ because he was also sent the same kind of, he had read the same thing on social media. Very sweetly we chatted and he clicked this selfie and that is how this happened.”


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Apart from Kai, the EXO members include Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O. and Sehun. The band has given hits like Ko Ko Bop, Love Shot, Monster and many more.

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