Karan Johar is a well-established filmmaker with hits like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Kuch Kuch Hota Haid Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.
On the film industry
It has toughened me. I don’t know if I’m around too many wise people to judge my wisdom. I only pray I’m not making the wrong decisions. I’m making all the right noises. My endeavour right now is to expand my production house. The past year has been a really busy time for me. I’ve been doing everything except directing a film. That’s what I’m going to do now.
At heart I remain an excited child who’s been given a toy called cinema. I’m awestruck with the place I’ve been given in the film industry. Even today when I meet a star I admire, I still feel awestruck. I’m still a star-struck child, though I try hard to hide it. Every time I sit across Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan, I’ve to pinch myself.
On his success
My father, producer Yash Johar, was the epitome of humility. He was unbelievably humble. He taught me to not let success or failure conquer me, to just do my work.
I wasn’t pompous. I was snobbish. I was complex about various things, including my weight. It was a bad cover-up job. If today I’m so gregarious, it’s because I’ve overcome my complexes. Today I’m very happy to interact with as many people as possible. I can’t say my life is an open book. There’re chapters that I don’t want anyone to read.
Oh yes, let me tell you I’ve many secrets. I can’t call them just skeletons. They’re full bodies in my closet.
On Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh is much more than a friend. He’s my family, a father figure. When he walks into a room, I stand up. I respect him. In fact, I’m petrified of him and he knows it. He’s not my back slapping buddy. His wife Gauri is my friend. She’s the one I say ‘Oh shut up’ to. Even in my wildest dream I can’t imagine saying shut up to Shah Rukh.
Last year when I spoke about this, Farah Khan made fun of me. I’m lonely and single. But I’m looking for love. I’ve lots of romance in my heart. And I’m waiting for some of it to happen to me this year. I’ve a whole encyclopaedia of romance imbibed from Yash uncle’s cinema waiting to erupt from my heart. Not that I want to run into green valleys and get wet in the rain. But I do look forward to the right person in my life. I know I’ll find love very soon.
On his plans
I’ll also make my best film this year and buy a new sea-facing home and move into it with my mom. I’ll have the most rocking decade anyone can dream of. I’m going to make sure Dharma Productions is the best production house in the country. I’ve these cravings in my heart. And I’ll make them happen.
On his new film
I’m just making the film I want to. I’m not doing it to be radically different. It’s a film with love, emotions and heart. I know it is unusual to my personality. But isn’t it time I started getting out of the safe zone at 36?
My Name Is Khan excites me. I’m excited by the fact that for the first time I’m directing a film that has characters and situations I don’t know about. I’m excited by the research that I’ve to do for this film. I’m nervous and anxious. It challenges me. So much so that I think I’m the wrong man for the job. I told my writer Shibani Bhatija that I’m the wrong choice to direct this film. I’m not even in the 1-10 choices for the job.
Mani Ratnam or Rakeysh (Omprakash) Mehra or Raju Hirani may direct this film. Not me. But I’m hundred percent sure I can pull it off.