This Sunday, Koffee With Karan will have an ensemble of some of the top most- directors from the Bolly industry. Imagine, Rakesh Roshan, Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra, Rajkumar Hirani and Kunal Kohli and yes ofcourse, Karan Johar in one room debating over issues and having serious fun.
Koffee With Karan only gets bigger and funnier this week. And sure these directors will be more straight forward to Karan’s barrage of questions, so be prepared for some straight non-diplomatic answers .
Here’s an excerpt from this week’s Koffee With Karan :
Karan : There has been one kind of a remark made by the film fraternity and people from the media that Hrithik Roshan works only with his father Rakesh Roshan… it’s only his father that gets the best out of him till Dhoom happened… did you feel an internal divide at home?
Rakesh Roshan : No, not at all. On the contrary I was very happy because the film belonged to my son.
Karan : What I find amazing is that most of us our younger film makers today … and you have been around as a film maker for over 20 years… and have been in the industry for over 37 years now… today you are in the panel of film makers who has made some of the youngest films in that respect… with all the visual effects it is one of India’s first super hero films… you have done this at this age? Do you ever realize this?
Rakesh Roshan : I know… it was a difficult task… if you see in the Roshan family we have a producer – director… we have an actor … we have a music director in the family.. so we are four pillars of a film… so I thought if I don’t take this step, who will… it’s not a normal step… it was a leap… we could have fallen badly… and if I am making such a film… I must have the best technicians with me… so I went ahead and hired Tony Cheng from China… I got special effects people from Los Angeles… we spent a lot and worked on the minutest of details… I couldn’t afford to lose any money… waste any money
Karan : What is your take Sir … you have been in this industry from more than two decades… and have given one of the biggest blockbusters?
Rakesh Roshan : I feel that the biggest critics are the audience… you should take them seriously and not the critics… they don’t know anything about film making … I don’t give them importance at all… I don’t even read the reviews?
Karan : You don’t.
Rakesh Roshan : Not at all.
Karan : Did you actually feel personally that there is a generation that has forgotten Mahatma Gandhi?
Rajkumar Hirani : The first recording of the song we were doing, there was a guy who came to serve chai. He asked, ‘Film ka naam kya hai’? (that time it was called Munnabhai meets Mahatma Gandhi). He said, “Munnabhai to teekh hai, ye Mahatma Gandhi Kaun hai?”
Karan : Oh God!
Karan : And you must be very happy that Sanju is brand ‘Munnabhai’ today.
Rajkumar Hirani : Yes ..
Karan : On this show he mentioned to us that he was offered Jimmy Shergill’s role?
Rajkumar Hirani : I think what he didn’t tell you was… Jimmy played a role of a person who had never slept with a woman… so Sanju told me “Should I be playing this role?”… laughs
Karan : Did you expect Fanaa to be the kind of success it was?
Kunal : Ah, I prayed for it. I hoped for it but I didn’t expect it to be such a big hit. I had two fabulous actors — Aamir and Kajol and if I hadn’t delivered then…
Karan : People would have stoned you.
Kunal : Ya, they would kill me. People had such high expectations. Aamir and Kajol coming together for the first time. It was scary.
Karan : So, what do you have to say about critics Kunal?
Kunal : I have very little respect for most of the critics today because I don’t think their knowledge of cinema is deep enough. Their passion for cinema is not deep enough and I think critics need to have a great knowledge about cinema. He or she needs to have no agenda, needs to be absolutely unbiased and I don’t see that in most of our critics.
Karan : What do you have to say Rakesh… because you of course got the thumbs up from most?
Rakesh Mehra : Critics… you like them or you don’t like them… they do influence… specially of an audience who do have a loyalty for films like Rakeshji’s… your films so, who is this Rakesh Mehra… what are they saying about him… they do influence… but there is a huge responsibility on the shoulder of the critic… and like Kunal and Rakeshji were mentioning to do a job of a critic you need to know your job… it is not a critic’s job to write the synopsis of the movie… and in the end praise the actors… because they don’t want to get on the wrong side of the actors .
Karan : I think the only mild criticism that came your way was about the climax of your film. There was a different take on whether the killing of the politician was justified and fell into the slot of the film. Did you feel the need to justify it?
Rakesh Mehra : The characters did what they did. If I would have felt otherwise I would have shot it otherwise. My point of view is that killing of a defence minister is politically incorrect. But filmmaking is not about being politically correct
Karan : Did you at all feel rejection when an actor turned it down or a production house that wasn’t interested in it?
Rakesh Mehra : Rejection yes, but in a very different way. It only made us stronger because everybody who didn’t do the film didn’t reject it outright. It was meant to be that way.
Karan : Did you really imagine, envisage or pre-empt the kind of impact your film created globally?
Rakesh Mehra : Honestly, no. I thought my work will be over when the film releases which is January 26 but actually the work started on January 26.
Karan : Really?
Koffee With Karan shows on April 22 at 9 pm on Star One and Star World.
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