Karan Johar on Bollywood gender politics and Reema Maya’s new project

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Karan Johar on Bollywood gender politics and Reema Maya's new project

Indian director-producer Karan Johar wrapped up the conference section of the first Cinevistar International Film Festival with a lively conversation that covered everything from working with the right people and Bollywood’s changing gender politics to removing a few new projects from his Dharma Productions slate. Was included till.

Johar, who is having a busy year as a producer love story More on Prime Video show time On Disney+Hotstar, he started the session by talking about how he surrounds himself with people who “know all aspects of cinema, not just mainstream” – even if they have been vocal about his work in the past. Have been critics.

He took the example of indie lover Anurag Kashyap and producer Somen Mishra, now head of content at Dharma and its OTT division Dharmatic Entertainment, who put him on the popular ‘Passion of Cinema’ blog.

“I think I was their favorite target. But when Rensil D’Silva suggested that Anurag was the most suitable person to write the dialogues Kurban, I said sure let’s call him! What does it matter what he thinks about me? And Anurag finally enters my office with great nervousness, wondering if the entire gang is going to attack him. But I hugged her tightly.”

As far as Mishra is concerned – the outspoken producer once told Johar that he fell asleep after watching his 2001 Bollywood blockbuster, Sometimes there is happiness and sometimes there is sorrow., “But I wasn’t angry, I laughed. It’s a three-hour, 32-minute film and it’s not easy to watch. You need the patience of the Dalai Lama to see it all.

Johar said that Mishra deserves full credit for this love storyA compilation directed by six new filmmakers, with both Shazia Iqbal and Vivek Soni making their feature debuts for Dharma. Another of the six, Colin D’Cunha, is working on a series, call me baeFor Dharmatik and Prime Video.

He also told that Reema Maya, whose short film burger night are working on a version of their 2012 hit series, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Student of the year: “But it will be done his way, and certainly not mine. I just want it to be his voice and for him to make it his own.”

In a conversation full of funny anecdotes and more honest moments, Johar also talked about how his portrayal of women has changed throughout his career – from the traditional female roles of early blockbuster films. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai And Sometimes there is happiness and sometimes there is sorrow. – until his last film as a director, Rocky and Rani Kii Prem KahaniWhich pokes fun at both patriarchy and cancel culture.

,Kuch Kuch Hota Hai There’s a lot of flawed gender politics in there, but I didn’t know better then because I was still developing as a human being. Now we know that a man chasing a woman is not romantic, it is stalking. And you realize with time that you have followed the norms only because of commerce.

But she has her limits, like when Shabana Azmi asked to wear a plain cotton saree and go without makeup for some scenes. Rocky and Rani Kii Prem Kahani, requests which he flatly refused. “I put a fan on her and she said, ‘What is the source of this air? Where is this coming from?’, and I said it’s coming from me!! She said ‘None of this makes any sense to me’, and I told her it shouldn’t make any sense. If you agree to work with me, it is not a very wise decision in itself.

also talked about Jauhar Strike, directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhatt, is a violent action film produced with Guneet Monga, completely different from the character of Dharma. The film premiered at Toronto’s Midnight Madness section last year and was picked up by Lionsgate for North America and the UK. The film is scheduled to release in India on 5th July and in the rest of the world on 4th July.

Describing the film as “the biggest challenge and risk” that Dharma has ever invested in, Johar also said that he hoped it would be the beginning of many such genre films in India: “We have seen train to busanWe have seen raid, we have seen that films of this genre receive immense love globally. But this has never happened before in India.”

Johar’s talk was the final session of the first Cinevistar International Film Festival, which ran from March 27–31 in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. The new event, which focuses on producers and film finance, presented 20 projects to potential partners and investors, hosted four days of seminars, workshops and masterclasses, and screened a program of recent festival films.

Speakers also included Shekhar Kapur, actor-producers Richa Chadha and Ali Faisal, SonyLiv content head Saugata Mukherjee, who talked about the streamer’s commissioning strategy, and actors Survinder Vicky, Rasika Duggal, Rajshri Deshpande, Roshan Mathew and Jaideep Ahlawat. Were.

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