I feel like a father with my three children: Karan Johar

Tuesday, 9 October 2012 - 4:30pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna

We’re talking about Karan Johar (Pappu) and his newly ‘adopted’ children — Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan, who were in Bangalore for a quick visit.

There’s been a lot of excitement about Student Of The Year and so yesterday, when the trio, obviously accompanied by their ‘pappu’ dearest, came to the city for a quick stopover, we decided to drop in, ask a few questions and drop out — just like them.

So, Karu (yes, that’s Karan Johar’s other nickname for the uninitiated) along with Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan took to the stage and opened themselves out for some thorough questioning.

“I feel like a father with my three children,” chuckles Karan, as he talks about working with three newbies. “I was very nervous. I have always worked with experienced stars and big names in the industry. This was the first time I was working with newbies. But it became easier because somewhere at the back of my head I already knew that they were stars.

It was like how parents know that their kids are going to do well — similarly, all my maternal and paternal feelings just came alive. And over a period, the process just became amicable and mutual conducive,” he continues.

What surprised us however was that Aliya was not his first choice. “Instinctively, I knew she was. I knew she was Mahesh Bhat’s daughter, but I didn’t want to choose her because of that. She went through the casting director and auditioned in my absence.

I saw those shots later and I felt that she could do it. But just that she had to lose some weight,” he laughs and adds.

Going by the trailers, a few of us point out that the movie could mislead the present generation by giving them a picture that student life is all about partying, eating out and having fun.

Pat comes the reply, “Well, not really. My film is an entertainer. The larger focus is on the life of students and all that they go through.
At the end of the film, the message will be come out clearly, believe me,” Karan assures.

And what about TV shows, we ask Karan, who has been seen on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and now India’s Got Talent — what is KJo’s take on talents being picked straight off these shows, we prod further. 

Jhalak... was more like an entertainer, but IGT has literally enriched me. It has enlightened me about the talent that exists in our country. I was introduced to the fabulous Shillong Choir, all thanks to the show!

There’s no dearth of talent really and I would like to work with these talented people — encourage and nurture them to perfection,” concludes the celebrated director.

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