Their styles of filmmaking and choice of subjects are quite different, yet filmmaker Karan Johar has always enjoyed director Rohit Shetty’s brand of action-comedy. After watching Golmaal 3 (2010), Karan apparently called Rohit to compliment his work in the film. The two exchanged numerous messages and last week, when Karan returned from Bangkok after wrapping up a schedule of his campus caper, Student Of The Year, they met and decided to partner on a project.
This is the first time Dharma Productions, under Karan’s reign, has signed on an established director for a film. “We are extremely excited about this venture. Rohit’s unbeatable track record, immense goodwill and clockwork professionalism is a dream come true for any producer,” says Karan, adding, “The cast, script and time zone are still in the process of discussion.”
According to a source, the film will only hit the sets next year, once Rohit finishes work on his other commitments like the Ajay Devgn-Abhishek Bachchan starrer Bol Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express.
A source says, “The script is yet to be locked. Karan has left it to Rohit to decide what kind of a film he wants to make. He has always given this kind of creative freedom to first-time directors. So why would he not give Rohit, who has five superhits behind him, the same?”
Directors launched by Karan Johar
Nikhil Advani (Kal Ho Na Ho, 2003)
Soham Shah (Kaal, 2005)
Tarun Mansukhani (Dostana, 2008)
Ayan Mukerji (Wake Up Sid, 2009)
Rensil D’Silva (Kurbaan, 2009)
Punit Malhotra (I Hate Luv Storys, 2009)
Siddharth Malhotra (We Are Family, 2010)
Karan Malhotra (Agneepath, 2012)
Shakun Batra (Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, 2012)