It was all in fun. But during the recording of Farhan Akhtar's fun-with-a-celeb show 'Oye...It's Friday' Karan Johar 'complimented' his host Farhan Akhtar for looking 'pretty', Farhan thought Karan was talking about Shamita Shetty who also was on the show.
"But Karan clarified he was calling Farhan pretty. At first Farhan didn't know how to react. But then he quickly caught hold of himself - he's not acknowledged now as a terrific actor for nothing - and then the rest of the show became an impromptu Dostana with Farhan and Karan doing what John and Abhishek did in Dostana," says a guest on the show.
To add to the 'gay' (we mean , lively/happy) atmosphere 'Kantaben' (Sulaba Arya) who trembled with homophobia all through Kal Ho Naa Ho was brought in as a phone-in friend. "And they asked her what she thought of Dostana. Kantaben said she loved it. She raved about the film for a while. Only later did Karan and Farhan realize the lady was talking about the old Dostana with Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha."
At some point, Farhan wanted to know who among the actors were Karan's 3 am friends. "And Karan laughed. He said he would never call any star at 3 am because you never know what they'd be doing at that time...Throughout the show, Karan joked openly about Dostana, homophobic people, John's physique, etc. Lately, he has been showing a great deal of comfort with matters of sex and sexuality. It shows in his cinema and in his public conduct and utterances."