Where the guests were asked about the art creating love stories, Karan Johar’s take took everyone by surprise, the actor-director-producer whose last directorial Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani (2023) had love story at its core surrounded by several taboos in the society being addressed
Because A- we were hit by the Pandemic and I was prepping for a film called "Takht" for which I had prepped for 2 and a half years. For Various Reasons, I realized logistically it was impossible for me to make Takht.
The story of Rocky and Rani happened with my uncle. So I went back to it and began the journey of developing the story with a group of 3 writers, Ishita sengupta, Shahank khaitaan and Sumit roy. I made like a writers room.
"I don’t know anything about the male female dynamics. It is actually completely alien to me personally. I grew up on the romance and fodder of love in Hindi cinema. Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra and vintage Guru Dutt. All i Was doing was deriving from cinema."
It was my story. After student of the year, in those six years, I fell in love with somebody that was not mine. And I understood what one sided love is. There I realized there is a creature called unrequited love. It is heartbreaking and can shatter you in pieces.
"I never viewed it as a love story. I viewed it as my homage to hindi cinema. Everything I grew up on. You know all the song references, the characters the cultural differences. What I did want to do is within that bring in a commentary of things I believe very strongly about."
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