Karan Johar in conversation with Subhash K. Jha about Amitabh Bachchan, Student Of The Year, working with new-comers and Ram Gopal Varma.
What did you think of Ram Gopal Varma’s abusive compliment for Amitabh Bachchan?
Absolutely disgusting. You can’t talk about Amitabh Bachchan like that. If you praise him you praise him with utmost dignity. He has more talent in his toenail than all of us have in our entire being. I touch Mr. Bachchan’s feet each time I see him. Even if I am undergoing an MRI scan I will get out and touch his feet if I see him. You do NOT call Mr. Bachchan such names. It’s downright blasphemous.
You can’t talk about Amitabh Bachchan like that
You’re triggering off another war with Ramu?
You know, I don’t want to say anything about that man. He may again start off. But I think he has become a victim of his own image. I wish Ram Gopal Varma would come back to form as a filmmaker. I want to say to him, ‘Dude, you were brilliant in Satya. Let’s make another Satya.’ Satya is one my 5 favourite films of all times. But when I watch his films now and see him commenting on others I feel like saying, ‘Dude what are you doing.’
Satya is one my 5 favourite films of all times
You’ve lately been more out of than in Mumbai
It’s been a time of work, really. I needed to finish my script. For this I needed to be in another time zone. Now I’m back. I start directing Student Of The Year from August 16.
More excited than nervous. This is the first time I’m working with newcomers. I hope all three of them Siddharth, Varun and Aliya turn out well. I feel they’ve humongous talent. . But that could just be a proud parent’s opinion. Next summer I hope the audience discovers them to be as talented as I did. Aliya being the only girl between the two boys is being fully pampered. In any case our production house Dharma has a track-record of pampering heroines. Aliya is getting the full-on Dharma treatment. Our production house is like spa for actors.
Our production house is like spa for actors
Do you feel a sense of trepidation working with newcomers?
Working with stars thrills me. This challenges me. After the experimental My Name Is Khan, making a masala film with newcomers poses a challenge of its own.