Karan Johar has returned to the director’s chair with Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani starring Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles. The filmmaker has also landed a sort of casting coup with veteran actors Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan playing pivotal roles in his film. In a recent conversation with Mid-Day, Karan opened up about his return as a director.

The family will see modern family dynamics at the forefront. As Karan calls it, the film is a quintessential “happy Indian family drama”. While Alia and Ranveer are definitely the star attractions, one cannot deny the excitement that the senior actors bring to the table.

About the film, he said: “There is brazen naach-gaana. Dharamji is a ball of love, and at 86 years old, he is so passionate. Shabanaji is an acting institution. With Jayaji, who I call Aunt J, I feel that I have a mother on set.” Karan Johar admits that the film will receive a lot of criticism. “I read the criticism before the praise. The praise does nothing to you, but what is bad or what is mediocre must be told. I even read what the trolls (write). I feel the more grounded I am, the more I will be can fly.”

Karan Johar also stated that his family drama featuring Alia and Ranveer is targeting audiences whose tastes seem to have changed drastically over the past two years due to the pandemic. Noting that even the Hindi audience now wants ‘tadka or Hindi cinema’.

Karan Johar said: “As filmmakers, we all have to go back to basics, if we want commercial (success). If you want to make an artistic film, go ahead, but know that your audience will be limited. Moviegoers want the tadka of the Hindi cinema that has been watered down over the decades The (success of) KGF: Chapter 2, RRR and Pushpa: The Rise (proves the theory) We need to go back to (the elements) we grew up with – drama, songs, dance and emotions. The stage of high-concept movies in small towns is great, but this is the reality of our time.”

Alia and Ranveer protagonist Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahanic is scheduled for release on February 10, 2023.

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