Karan Johar is making a comeback as a director with his new movie, “Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani,” which has Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles. The director has also pulled off something of a casting coup with veteran actors Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi, and Jaya Bachchan playing important roles in his film. In a recent interview with Mid-Day, Karan discussed his return to directing in depth.
Modern family dynamics will be prominent in the family’s view. The movie, in Karan’s words, is a classic example of “happy Indian family drama.” While Alia and Ranveer are unquestionably the centre of attention, one cannot discount the intrigue that the veteran performers are bringing to the role.
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Speaking about the film, Karan said, “There is unabashed naach-gaana. Dharamji is a ball of love, and at 86, he is so passionate. Shabanaji is an acting institution. With Jayaji, whom I call aunty J, I feel like I have a mom on the set.” Karan Johar admits that the film will face its share of criticism. “I read the criticism before the praise. The praise does nothing for you, but what’s bad or what’s mediocre needs to be told. I even read what the trolls (write). I feel the more grounded I am, the more I will be able to fly.”
In addition, Karan Johar claimed that his family drama starring Alia and Ranveer appeals to a viewership whose tastes appear to have altered significantly over the past two years as a result of the pandemic. highlighting the desire for “tadka of Hindi cinema” among Hindi-speaking audiences.
Karan Johar said, “As filmmakers, we all have to go back to the basics, if we want commercial (success). If you want to make an artistic film, go ahead, but know that your audience will get limited. Now, the cinema-going audiences want the tadka of Hindi cinema that got diluted over the decades. The (success of) KGF: Chapter 2, RRR, and Pushpa: The Rise (proves the theory). We need to go back to (the elements) we grew up on — drama, songs, dance, and emotions. The phase of small-town, high-concept movies is great, but this is the reality of our times.”
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