Have locked a script and will direct a film next year, says birthday boy Karan Johar
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Have locked a script and will direct a film next year, says birthday boy Karan Johar

Filmmaker Karan Johar says he “unabashedly” loves the concept of a birthday; adds he is set to return to direction next year.

bollywood Updated: May 25, 2018 10:41 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
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Karan Johar turns on Friday.(IANS)

Filmmaker Karan Johar last directed a film in 2016 when Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Fawad Ali Khan came together for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. He is now all set for his next directorial.

KJo has had a “hard-working” year and that’s why he has flown to New York, USA, to ring in his 46th birthday on Friday. The “workaholic” filmmaker admits that after a short holiday, he will be set for “Mumbai madness” all over again. “We are already thrilled [with Raazi’s success]. I’ve to eternally thank Meghna Gulzar for giving me and my company the biggest birthday gift that I could have ever asked for,” says Karan, as he talks about life, birthdays and more.

Does having Roohi and Yash add to the feeling of being blessed?
Absolutely! My kids are great. They are like a ray of sunshine in my life. Waking up to them and watching them sleep at night are the two big high points of my life every day.

We’ve heard that you are going to New York to ring in your birthday thins year?
I have had a very hard-working year, so I have given myself a short holiday for about 4-5 days. I thought it would be great to just go away for a few days to kind of shut off from everything. I have friends in New York so the idea is to spend time with them and have some ‘me time’ before coming back to the Mumbai madness in five days.

Would you call yourself a birthday person?
Absolutely! Not just my birthday, I love birthdays in general. I am very big on birthdays (laughs). Be it cakes, flowers or good wishes, I like the day to be full of happiness and love to share it with my loved ones. Many people don’t like birthdays and feel that’s there is a lot of fuss around it. But I love all the fuss. I unapologetically and unabashedly love the concept of a birthday. It’s just one day in a year that should be about you. I turn 46 this year but my excitement level for a birthday remains the same.

Alia Bhatt told us recently that she eats at least three pieces of cake on her birthday.
Of course, that’s a given. On your birthday, the least you can do is break your dietary routine. All of that will happen and I am happy to report that I will be doing all of that in New York.

Usually, you are associated with big birthday bashes.
Nothing of that sort [is happening this year]. I thought it would be best to get away and I think I am going to make this into a little bit of a habit. It’s always great to have some ‘me time’. Birthdays give you the opportunity to feel that you can do everything minus any guilt.

You have multiple production ventures coming up. Feeling overworked?
I never feel overworked in a bad way; it’s always a good thing. I enjoy the work I do. Some of us are blessed to be in professions that we thoroughly enjoy. I am a workaholic in a good way. So, to me, my office is my playground while my house brings me peace of mind. Now, my kids’ nursery is my entire life and this is the way I divide my life. I work seven days a week as there is no concept of a weekend in my life.

Aren’t you missing direction?
I have locked a screenplay and I am going to direct a film around mid-next year. I look forward to casting for it as soon as I come back from New York.

You complete 20 years in Bollywood this year. How has the journey been?
As a filmmaker, I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work in. Where else can you sing, dance, laugh, cry and still be at work? It’s truly been the most amazing two decades. It has been a journey of sheer love and immense acceptance. I have also done some really strange things and broken the rules of what film-makers are meant to be or are perceived to be. I have done everything starting from hosting talk shows, dancing at weddings to judging reality shows. In fact I also became an RJ this year, so I have had a great time.

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First Published: May 25, 2018 10:38 IST