I read my critiques before the compliments: Karan Johar

Producer-director Karan Johar shared insights into his filmmaking journey at a session during the Cinevesture International Film Festival in Chandigarh. He highlighted upcoming projects, including ‘Kill’ set for July release and a digital version of ‘Student of the Year’ directed by Reema Sengupta.

Johar expressed his desire to direct five films this decade and his trust in his team, emphasizing the importance of not interfering in their creative process. He acknowledged past mistakes but credited his production house for investing in diverse content, debut filmmakers, and talented writers.

Reflecting on his career, Johar recalled the success of ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ amidst other hit films at the time, which made him question his filmmaking choices. He admitted that taking over Dharma Productions was a challenging phase but credited the journey for personal and professional growth.

Despite box office successes, Johar aspires to create a film like ‘Lagaan’ that will leave a lasting impact on Indian cinema. He emphasized the significance of instinct in decision-making and highlighted the importance of delegation and trust in filmmaking.

While discussing his approach to filmmaking, Johar revealed that he has no specific ground rules and believes in learning on the job. He emphasized the value of instinct and the importance of being a ‘people’s person’ in the industry. Johar’s insights shed light on his filmmaking philosophy and approach to storytelling.


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