In an interview, Karan Johar told a leading daily, "I met Shahrukh first, but Gauri was always my friend. With him it was never friendship, but reverence. Gauri was my pal, my friend, my lifeline and nothing can ever change that. My mother has three girls other than her two nieces she considers her daughters - Kajal Anand, Gauri and Shweta Bachchan Nanda."
Karan Johar added, "With Shah Rukh, there is always a line that you do not cross as you would not with your elder brother. If he walks into a room, I stand up and I will not sit till he sits. I will never call him if I don't like a film. If I like his film I gush. I don't give him opinions, I hear his."
"I don't give him advice, I listen to his. It's a one-way relationship. I nod in approval and am very respectful of him. He and my father were friends and they had a connection. My connection is with Gauri and it will always be so," Karan said.