Karan Johar marked his Bollywood debut two decades ago with Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kajol starrer Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The film went on to become a blockbuster and Karan has now become one of the most celebrated filmmakers of Bollywood. However, his parents weren’t too keen for him to join the movie business, as they felt that he was ’emotionally fragile’.
Karan is presently in Melbourne for the 10th edition of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and at the event, he shared, “I can’t believe I actually became a filmmaker. My parents thought I am too emotionally fragile for the movie business. Two men who had faith in me more than I had on myself are Aditya Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan. Adi said I am melodramatic and thus I should be a filmmaker. SRK is bhai for me because over the years the friendship went in to family and at some point it transformed into sibling love. I don’t have siblings of my own but he is the older brother I never had, looking out for me at every step. During DDLJ shoot, he promised me that if I became a filmmaker he will work with me. He kept his word and in October 1997, I started the schedule of the film.”
KJo is now looking forward to his upcoming directorial Takht, which stars Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Anil Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor. Ranveer is playing Dara Shukoh and Vicky is playing Aurangzeb in the period drama. Anil Kapoor is playing Shahjahan while Kareena is playing his daughter Jahanara Begum.
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