Karan Johar, who was among the several stars to fly to Hyderabad for Arpita Khan’s wedding last weekend, is back in town and has immersed himself in the promotions of his upcoming production. The film-maker tells us about his equation with Sanjay Dutt, who stars in the film, and reveals when he will direct a movie again.
How was Arpita’s wedding?
It was really nice and very intimate. Most of us kept breaking into an impromptu dance every now and then.
With your next production up for release, are you missing Sanjay?
Yes, he’s a friend of the family, and releasing a film that stars him, without having him around, is difficult for me because I have shared a special bond with him and his family. He has never said no to me. For this film, I just had to pick up the phone; he didn’t even want to hear the script. He just said, ‘You’re making the film; I’m doing it.’ There has never been a date problem or any other hassle. My father also had the biggest soft spot for Sanju. I’m sure he’s (Sanjay) silently praying for the film’s success; and that is good enough for us.
Have you been in touch with him since his sentencing?
Yes, we are very much in touch. In fact, when he had come out (the actor was out on parole some time back), we met up. Sanju being away is really sad. There is a distance now, but when he comes back, it will be like nothing has happened. Everyone is waiting to cast him. When I see him in the promos of Rajkumar Hirani’s next, I feel like he never went anywhere. He will be back soon, like the superstar he has always been.
You haven’t directed a film since 2012. When will you do so again?
I’m going to direct a movie next year for sure.
Recently, you took your mother (Hiroo Johar) to the US for some medical treatment. How is she now?
She’s much better now, and can move around a bit.
There has been some talk about Pulkit Samrat walking out of your film. Is this true?
I don’t know where this news is coming from. I have never approached him; I hardly know the boy. He’s very talented, but I have never offered him any film. This project that I am doing is a launch vehicle for a new boy and a new girl.
People who have seen your acting debut (in director Anurag Kashyap’s film) have really liked your performance.
I haven’t watched Bombay Velvet, and I don’t want to see it. I get very nervous. I’m comfortable being myself in front of the camera, but this film was something new for me. It gave me a chance to play a negative role, and that’s why I took it up. I’m scared and nervous about seeing it because I don’t know whether I have done a good job or not.
Is it true that you’ve approached Ranbir Kapoor for your biopic on the hockey legend, Dhyan Chand?
Aarti Shetty, Pooja Shetty and I are co-producing the film. It has a fabulous screenplay. But as of now, we haven’t approached any actor for it.