Karan Johar believed in grandeur when it comes to cinema and loves films. The man behind Dharma Productions talks about Indian cinema, his passion and ultimate love.
I am a great believer in cinema. I love films. I love the magic of the movies. And I think when you love the movies, you create the movies.
This is true of everyone who is involved with his production house Dharma Productions, said Karan.
I think the reason why we do what we do is because all of us in the company are very passionate about cinema. It’s not a day job for me; it’s a passion job for me. So, when you have both passion and profession walking hand in hand, you can’t really go wrong.
Karan’s work includes Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho, My Name Is Khan and Agneepath. Known for making family dramas, he feels his films are able to find a perfect match between intelligence and commercial elements.
It really depends upon the ethos of a filmmaker and what he or she wants to communicate. We produce what we believe in, but it could be of any type and be a part of any genre. While we produce a Student Of The Year, we have also produced a My Name Is Khan, which had its own impact and relevance or a Kurbaan, which has some kind of social relevance as part of its plot. So while there is entertainment, there is also relevance and we balance it within the company.
Talkinga bout 100 crore club, he says,
I think if a film doesn’t last in longevity and in people’s memories, it is not a film of importance or relevance. Box office numbers are eventually your report card in the business. But I think what’s really important is that you must make a film, which is remembered. So, to leave the film behind in the minds of a cinegoer should be every filmmaker’s objective.
I am ok with remakes. If you can give your own edge and slant, then why not? I think there is a dearth of writers, but I don’t think that’s why people make remakes….it’s also your sense of creativity and what you want to do with it. Remaking it in exactly the same way is no fun. Revisiting it in a certain way and adjusting it to the modern times always makes it interesting.
Discussing his own experience with Agneepath, he said it was more of a tribute to his father Yash Johar.
I wanted to pay a tribute to a film which my father had produced and Mukul (Mukul S. Anand) had directed fantastically. I wanted to make sure that we make it in a different way, which I believe in.