Karan Johar on the Bollywood versus South film debate; says filmmakers from down South have conviction | Hindi Movie News


Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar has time and again been vocal about the Bollywood industry and it’s pertinent trends. With the ongoing North vs South debate, Karan shared that the main reason for Bollywood industry’s slower pace is the incessant need for validation, which comes with it.

In an interview with a news portal Karan stated that filmmakers down South have ‘ample conviction’ in their projects and ‘do not seek validation’. He feels Bollywood filmmakers, including him, are victims of everything they should have been running away from, like groupism and herd mentality. He added that South filmmakers have a lot of conviction and belief in their sensibilities, which is just not present within a large part of cinema made in the north and they just hop on whatever trend is popular.


Karan further opened up on how he himself looked for acceptance from others, when he decided to get into a different genre of filmmaking distinct from what he was making earlier. “When I saw movies like Lagaan getting nominated at the Oscars, I also tried to win awards with My Name is Khan but eventually realised that I was neither here nor there with my films, so I went back to making the films I was passionate about.”

On the work front, Karan is currently working on his directorial next ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ starring Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh. The film is slated to release next year. Karan, who’s also a producer is gearing up for the release of Jugjugg Jeeyo. The film features Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor alongside Maniesh Paul and Prajakta Koli. He’s also produced Ayan Mukerji’s ‘Brahmastra’ with Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan.



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