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Karan Johar wants to redefine Bollywood films

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KARAN-JOHARMAY 31- Filmmaker Karan Johar has moved on from the candyfloss films that he famously made at one point of time. With the anthology film, Bombay Talkies, where he narrated the life of a homosexual boy, Karan has presented himself as a storyteller with a new twist, diametrically opposite to the traditional and romantic films he has made so far.

By giving chance to newbie filmmakers to experiment with small-budget films high on content, KJo wants to diversify and redefine Bollywood cinema.

He can’t thank enough the fast emerging section of “multiplex audience”, who are the force behind such experimentation.

“There is an emergence of an audience that is willing to accept a different kind of cinema, which is high on content. The demand for budget is not too high, stress level is lower and the output is higher,” says Karan, on why as a producer he is keen to give gen-now filmmakers a chance.

“As a producer, I am not following a planned structure but only keeping in mind the creative enthusiasm with which new filmmakers are approaching me. I am trying to cover a gamut of topics as a filmmaker, which is challenging as a producer,” says Karan.

Filmmakers such Ayan Mukerji, Karan Malhotra, Vinil Mathew, Sonam Nair and Tarun Mansukhani would agree that Karan’s support has helped them make films on fresh subjects.

At a personal level, Karan is excited about the small screen where he is a celebrated face. His romance with songs and dance continues as he prepares for the sixth season of the dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

“I have achieved a comfort level on TV. While judging a show, the accountability towards the contestant is high but I enjoy the instant reaction, the overall bustle and an interactive ambience,” he says.

Although he enjoys being seen on TV, he has no intention to make TV shows. “The box-office pressure on Fridays is enough for me to handle. I do not plan to dabble with the pressure of TRP every Thursday, which comes with TV production,” he says.

The anxiously awaited new season of his signature show Koffee With Karan is ready to be aired in October. Karan confirms that the new season will be as juicy and gossipy as its previous seasons.

Says there has been an emergence of an audience that is willing to accept a different kind of cinema, which is high on content.

 -INDIA TODAY
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