Karan Johar is mighty excited with the way I Hate Luv Storys has opened at the box office. A romcom that was never touted to be the kind of cinema that was out of the ordinary, this Punit Malhotra directed film has found good acceptance amongst the audience.
Karan too must be heaving a sigh of relief since both his leading actors, Imran and Sonam, were coming with a baggage of a couple of disappointments each. While Imran’s last two films Kidnap and Luck were action affairs and didn’t find patronage amongst the audience, it wasn’t quite a conventional start for Sonam either after Saawariya and Delhi 6 not quite hitting the bull’s eye.
“Well, I truly believe that hits and flops don’t have anything to do with talent of an actor”, says Karan who trusted in both Imran and Sonam even as the chips were down for them, “So many factors contribute to hits and successes. Imran was sweet and endearing in Jaane Tuâ€¦ Ya Jaane Na while Sonam was confidence personified in Delhi 6.”
No wonder, he didn’t have any questions around the casting when director Punit Malhotra recommended the two names.
“It was entirely Punit’s decision to go with Imran and Sonam. In any case, I don’t inflict my opinion on my directors when it comes to casting”, continues Karan, “A film has to be as per the vision of the filmmaker. Once Punit mentioned Imran and Sonam, I was all for it. I had complete faith in the two actors. Now that the film has released, their comfort level with the romcom genre shows on screen.”
Every love story is bound to be aided by some great music and this is something that has come for all around appreciation in case of I Hate Luv Storys. It is being unanimously accepted that music by Vishal & Shekhar is one of the major cores strengths of the film.
“That’s right, music is indeed the highlight of IHLS; it is indeed great”, Karan gives out a nod of appreciation here, “What is really terrific about Vishal-Shekhar is that they work really work with first time directors. I have noticed that earlier in case of Dostana too where they gave full hearted support to Tarun Mansukhani. They give you a lot of time and that is their biggest strength that I have always appreciated. It’s an amazing quality as they don’t just give you a lot of respect; they are also willing to go all out for you. If you reject 10 tunes for a situation, they would come up with the 11th. They don’t loose patience.”