To date, Karan Johar’s upcoming directorial outing, Student Of The Year (SOTY) remains a top secret. Except for a clutch of debutant actors, including Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Alia and David Dhawan’s son Varun, the director has managed to keep everything under wraps. But now, Karan is ready to open up about his forthcoming “youth” flick.
“It’s a young film. In a first for Dharma Productions, we are launching three new faces. After a long time (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998), I am revisiting the fun and frolic zone,” he says, adding, “I feel SOTY is a lot like a Nasir Hussain film. It has plenty of ‘jawani’ (youth) and ‘deewani’ (craziness), with loads of entertainment and songs.”
Although Karan refuses to divulge more, his next, like Nasir Hussain’s youth-centric films, is also believed to be a romantic comedy, featuring Alia, Varun and another newcomer Siddharth Malhotra.
Recently, Karan has been busy shooting a love song — choreographed by friend Farah Khan — with the three main leads in Kashmir. And even as he wraps up the work in picturesque locations, talks are rife that Kareena Kapoor has beaten Katrina Kaif to bag the female lead part in his and Ekta Kapoor’s co-production. “Nothing is confirmed right now. Actually, I’m heading back (to Mumbai) on March 5. Once I reach, I will meet Ekta and finalise the lead female actor,” clarifies Karan.
nasir hussain, who? Late filmmaker Nasir Hussain, also famous as Aamir Khan’s uncle, was renowned for his musical entertainers. He directed several hits like Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961), Teesri Manzil (1966), Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973) and Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (1977). Later, he went on to produce cult films like Aamir’s debut, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992).