He is known for making glamorous multi-starrers and designer family dramas, but filmmaker Karan Johar insists that he does not cast anyone keeping in mind their star value.
Karan Johar in his usual black ensemble. (Photo/Yogen Shah)
His directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai saw him directing superstars like Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. His next film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham had Amitabh Bachchan, his wife Jaya, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Khan and Kajol again.
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna also boast of stars like Big B, SRK, Rani, Abhishek Bachchan and Priety Zinta. With My Name is Khan again he had SRK and Kajol.
Only with his last release, he experimented with newcomers Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt.
"I did not cast them because they were stars but because of their acting prowess. I don't cast anyone keeping in mind their star value. They suited the role and I needed the elements that they have as actors and hence I cast them," Karan told PTI.
However, his direction wish list figures perfectionist Aamir Khan and Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor.
"I think the commercial dictates are studio driven. Each production house and studio wants to up the game and project a certain thing that keeps going on," he said.
His latest upcoming directorial venture titled Bombay Talkies is a celebration of 100 years of cinema. It is a series of short films directed by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan.
Karan's film has Rani Mukherjee, Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem in lead roles.
"Rani is a big star but I cast her because she fits the bill. I cast her for her acting abilities and not because of her star value. Similarly thing goes for Randeep and Saqib.. I cast them because they are good actors," he said.
The short film compilation has caught people's attention since its announcement mainly because of the four big names that come together for the first time.