Expectations scare Karan Johar
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Expectations scare Karan Johar

His Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna is being touted as the biggest release of 2006.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 12:18 IST

Ace director Karan Johar says the three months spent in New York shooting for his latest Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna were the most difficult phase of his life.

"Those were the toughest three months ever. It was traumatic. There were production problems, locations issues and a hurricane, plus everyone away from home," says the hit maker of films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

The film, he says, is about marriage and other man-woman relationships, but is definitely not a remake of Silsila as is being made out.

Karan rubbishes rumours about animosity between Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta on the sets of his film that stars Amitabh Bachchan, his favourite Shah Rukh Khan, whom he describes as "god, my hero and brother", and childhood pal Abhishek Bachchan.

"Problems happen when the navigator is weak. I don't see myself as a weak captain of the ship. Rani and Preity share very little cinema space in my film. And they got along very well. And I mean that... There was no problem."

Karan describes Kabhi Alvidaa... as a Hindi film like any other. "I have just fine-tuned it differently," he saidin an interview.


Rani Mukerji, Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan come together again in Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna. The film is expected to be the biggest release of 2006.

There is a lot of curiosity about your new film?

What for? I am just an ordinary director making an ordinary film. I guess the curiosity comes from my making my first film since 2001too, has a huge cast. So there will be a certain expectation.

Films involving Shah Rukh and me are talked about. They have been very successful in the past. People's expectations are scaring me. I am not getting much sleep. But, yes, I have tackled marriage, an institution I am not familiar with. Now that I am 33 and greying, I have stopped seeking the support of hair-dye. I was more than ready to take on a mature theme.

I was quite tired of being counted among the new generation of filmmakers. I am not young anymore. I am 10 years into the industry, and quite qualified to tackle a mature subject.

So no research?
None. Except emotional research! My cinema is always a result of personal observations. I don't read, listen to current music or run to see every film in town. My education comes from past Hindi cinema and music. I observe strangers, or friends at parties...

But let me tell you Kabhi Alvidaa... is not about real people. It's a complete piece of fiction. It comes from a space I don't know, but understand. I created the characters for various reasons. I hope to God no one connects personally with the characters.

First Published: Mar 21, 2006 12:18 IST