Karan Johar has always found his way into the news; for his movies, for his sexuality, for adopting children and now for revealing about his relationship status.
Karan Johar has always been dropping hints about his sexuality but has never come up open with it upfront. In a recent interview with Firstpost when he was asked about the same he was quoted saying “They’re too late now. It’s too late. At 46, I can’t be in a relationship. And I’m not being cynical, I’m being practical. I don’t think I can divide my time between a relationship, and my mom and two kids. Not that one has to be sacrificed for the other, but I want to divide my time only between the relationships I have with my work. And finally, I can say that I’m in a relationship with myself. And when you are in one of those, you don’t have either the space or the time for anyone else.”
Student of the Year, a success at a box office is coming up with its sequel, ‘Student of the Year 2’. While Karan Johar directed the first part, he passed on the duty of the second part to Punish Malhotra and when asked about the same he replied saying, “I thought he had the right elements. He handles that generation really well. He is Manish Malhotra’s nephew so he gets his colour and aesthetic right. He also has the necessary energy and vigour. I just thought he was the right fit. Tiger Shroff leading the cast is exciting because his level of dance and action are unnatural. We’re also launching two wonderful ladies in Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday. It’s taking the franchise forward in the same zone. And the good thing about Student of the Year is you know exactly what to expect. It’s a lot of fun, entertainment, gloss, glamour, song-and-dance, and narrative.”
He also revealed why he did not choose to direct the movie Kalank even though it was conceptualized by his father Yash Johar. He said “The story of Kalank was actually my idea. My father helped me with all the research. When he died, I was too emotionally attached to direct the film. Then one day, I narrated the idea to Abhishek Varman and things fell into place. He then developed it entirely on his own.”
He expressed his emotions over Sridevi’s demise and on how Madhuri Dixit is essaying the role she was supposed to play. “It (Sridevi’s demise) was very sad. We’ll always regret the opportunity to work with someone I consider my favourite actor. Nobody saw it coming. We were all shattered. It was very kind, largehearted and generous of Madhuri to fill those glorious shoes. She showed great spirit and emotion for Sridevi, and truly emerged as a strong member of the film fraternity.
When asked about casting Madhuri Dixit with Sanjay Dutt, he replied saying “I don’t think that is the point of the casting. They were cast keeping in mind their individual parts. Sometimes, it is just made out to be much more than it actually is.”
Karan Johar when asked about investing in a three-part franchise ‘Brahmastra’ he said that Ayan is a visionary and in such type of work money is always secondary and passion is what we focus on. “Ayan is a visionary. He has been studying this kind of cinema as an academic exercise for the past 20 years. When he came to me with the idea, he told me that it needs to be told in three parts. And I think we’re now ready to have our cinema play out in that way. More than his vision and passion, I was amazed by the hard work he has put into the project for the past four years. Four years literally, because he started right after Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani released. His entire team, including Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Mr Amitabh Bachchan, the direction crew, the production department and the technicians, have put in tremendous amount of work that I just feel awestruck every time I see them function. The money involved in such a case is secondary. What’s primary is the passion. Brahmastra is a product of great passion.”
He also revealed the idea behind casting Nagarjuna and Dimple Kapadia in Brahmastra. “There was a very special role. We needed superstar energy for that. I called up Nag sir. He had a great equation with my father and said yes in one go. Even with Dimple, she just met Ayan and was swept by his energy, vision, and also because he has such a charming personality. I’m grateful to all the actors who’ve supported Ayan’s vision.”
Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt all debuted together with Student of the Year. While the other two have been performing well, Sidharth’s film has not been performing as well as theirs and when asked about how he keeps the spirit of his third student high he replied saying “Sidharth Malhotra is immensely soulful in his demeanour. He has the most expressive eyes. Films work and they don’t, but his sincerity and conviction have remained the same. I’m really excited for the great work he’s doing now, like Jabariya Jodi and the hardcore commercial masala entertainer Marjaavaan, which also has Tara and Riteish. Riteish and Sidharth are coming together after Ek Villain.”
When asked about his show Koffee with Karan and what does the phrase “Stop Making Sense’ in his wall means he said it just means that while you are on the koffee couch you can be yourself and stop making sense and be like no one’s listening.
“It just means that no one’s watching you so stop making sense. You know how they say, ‘Dance like no one’s watching,’ so this just means chat like no one’s listening. Everyone’s been coming and have a great time. It’s not about gossip, scandal or anything topical. It’s just a 45-minute chat about nothing. For all the purists of conversations, it may not be great. But for all those who’re looking for a good time, it is. Which is why millennials are really taking to the show. The viewership is very skewed to the younger demographic. If I’m catering to the younger generation at 46, I’m really happy.”
He also explained about the familial vibe on the show saying “It just so happened that the combinations were working so well. Also, with the younger kids, they don’t know much about cinema. What do you talk to them about? So you talk to them about their journey, relationships, families. That makes much more sense.”
Karan shared with us how the duo of Ajay and Kajol reacted when he invited them oh his show. “It was all very gracious. Over the years, we’re all older and more emotional about our being. Kajol has been my closest friend for three decades. We’ve had ups and downs but now it’s back to how it has always been,and how it will always be. I have great regard for Ajay as an actor, as a star. He has been around for three decades and is still a relevant movie star. I never had them on the show. They have such a beautiful marriage with two kids. I thought we had a lot to talk about, especially between the three of us. I hope that this phase of life, we strike a beautiful bond between each other.”
Karan on how this year has been for him both professionally and personally. “Professionally, we had a great year. We had Raazi, Dhadak, 2.0 and now Simmba. Next year, we have a release practically every month. We have Drive, Kesari, Good News, Kalank and Brahmastra. I also start shooting for Takht in September. Personally, I had my babies this year. My movies are also my babies. I feel like I’m running a nursery of babies.”
” Every year that has given me personal happiness has been the best year of my life. I hope 2019 is another one,” concluded a