Q. Have you always been so amazingly confident & talkative? How was your childhood?
Ans: Oh, no not at all… I was awkward, I was shy & extremely introvert in terms of so many parts of my persona. I got confidence once I joined the industry, started making films, loving what I do & doing what I love.
Q. Have you ever thought that you’d become a successful film maker, someone people would regard as a Bollywood’s star maker.
Ans: No! I never thought that I might become a film maker but I sure knew that I’d be one filthy famous guy. I just wanted to be famous, thats all. I always wanted people to pose with me & paparazzi to follow me. I just love this vibe.
Q. You’re 45 years old, making films for last 19 years but you’ve only made 6 movies till now. Do you think it’s a cool kind of track record?
Ans: No! It’s terrible; it just comes from the fear of failure. I just don’t want to fail; I just can’t stand the heat of criticism because of my self-developed, self-pampered ego & sense of self-importance. It’s high time that I should accept that nothing is bigger than the cinema; nothing is more powerful than the audience & should start making a lot more movies.
Q. Which is your most creatively satisfying movie till date?
Ans: My name is Khan, as it had so much of me in an uncomfortable zone. It was extremely difficult for me to pull that off. I know it has some poorly executed chapters & I do accept it but even then I’m glad I was able to make such a film.
Q. What do you like the most about film making?
Ans: The best part about being a film maker is that you’re GOD. You create a world, you create characters, you craft stories & then you play with them just the way you want.
Q. We know you love Fawad Khan, When are we watching Fawad Khan being directed by you again?
I knew I’ll have to answer such question. See, I have a great regard for fawad and other talent that comes from Pakistan and I wish they could find the best platform to showcase the class & caliber they possess but unfortunately you all know what I went through during the promotions & release of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” & I never want to go through the same circumstance ever again. It made me feel sad, vulnerable, weak & victimized. I just don’t want to relive the fear that my movie wouldn’t be allowed to release in my own country after all I’m a producer who’s accountable not only to the artist within me but also to my studio, my audience & the people who invest in my films.Karan Johar
Q. What do you have to say to people who say you keep making romantic dramas all the time?
Ans: Usko wohi aata hai. [That’s all he knows.] When have I said I was versatile? The other day, my mother and I got into an argument. Someone asked me, “Karan, why don’t you make a thriller?” My mother answered for me. “He can’t make a thriller. He doesn’t like them.” I got defensive. I said, “How do you know? If someone gives me a really great script, I could make it.” She said, “I don’t think you’ll be good at it.” My mother is somebody who grounds me on a daily basis. She doesn’t think I am capable of anything.
Q. You’ve spoken a lot about your desi influences. What are your favorite international films?
Ans: Dead Poets Society moved me. When Harry met Sally,Amélie, The Shawshank Redemption. Everything Almodóvar made. Everything. Also, Woody Allen. Deep love. Intense love. I was at an airport lounge and I saw him there. I went up and said I was a filmmaker from India and a huge fan and can I have an autograph. He looked at me, and after a beat, he said no. I love that I was snubbed by Woody Allen. I will always hold that against him, but I will continue to love him. It’s another instance of one-sided love. I love Iñárritu’s work even though I didn’t like The Revenant. I love Cuarón.
Q. Do you think an Oscar is a necessary goal for Indian cinema?
Ans: I’d love to win one, but I’m not going to chase it. I don’t know how to. But I want to make that speech. I’m so dying to say, “This one is for you, India.” I want to be in my tuxedo and have that big tear coming out of my eye, because it will come. I don’t know if I will live to have this dream come true, but I know that speech. I have practiced it many times in my head.
Q. So have you got in the bag for us in terms of your upcoming movie?
Ans: Could be anything. Not a thriller. Because my mother doesn’t believe I can make it. But just to prove her wrong, I might.
Q. We know you’re quite emotional? Who’re those lucky people with whom you have a super emotional bond with?
Ans: There are 4, my mother, my children, SRK & my home, the production house “Dharma”
Q. You became father of two beautiful kids last year, tell us something about that experience?
Q. How’s your relationship with Shahrukh Khan ? As we believe, you’ve spent more time with Him then gauri, his better half!
Hahaha! That’s absolutely right! Well, he’s amazing, he’s family. What do I say, we had this superb journey together that started off as friends, went into brotherhood & then went into a complete family. Now he’s just my one stop shop for emotions, care & affection. I’m a family to his family & I know I’d be the first person who’d get a call from his son, wife or daughter if they ever face a problem in his absence. I haven’t developed this Rishta with any other actor I have worked with.Karan Johar
Q. What are the kind of re tweets you wake up with?
Ans: I’m sorry darling but you won’t be able to publish them, they’re like Madarch**d, Stay silent homo, wapis jaa ! India ko chorr, I just wanna ask them bhaee where to go ? LOL
Tell us something about your love life?
Q. Would you like to add something to the much talked about Kangana Ranaut’s controversy?
Ans: Nopes, I won’t. I actually regret that I talked about her earlier. That’s not the way I’ve been raised. I was raised to be courteous, forgiving, loving & respectful!
Q. How do you see your production house?
Ans: Dharma is my home, dharma is my life. It’s my child whom I’ve raised with great love, care & pampering. If there’s anything I can’t compromise on then it should definitely be my production house
A REVERSE RAPID FIRE !
Which would you choose? A hit or a non-performing film that makes people call you a great filmmaker?
Complete this sentence. If I woke up and found myself poor, I would…
Shah Rukh Khan is in a career crisis. True or false?
False. He is in a career metamorphosis.
Fawad Khan or Ranbir Kapoor
I would always go for Fawad ! He’s hotter.
Katrina or Alia ?
Always Alia !
Shopping or Sleeping
Filmfare or Vouge better magazine ?
Being Poor or Being Handicapped
Most exciting moment of life
When I lost my virginity in my late 20s. 26 to be exact!
Something you can’t even do for saving your life.
Oh! Singing a song!
Worst lie you’ve ever told
Many, fake compliments, lying to people that I liked their movie when I actually didn’t.
If not a filmmaker, what would you be?
A fashion designer.
What was your biggest dream growing up?
To be famous.
What would you do if you wake up as Kangana Ranaut ?
Nothing, I would just sleep again. –
What would you do if you wake up as Rakhi Sawant ?
Making movies or Making money ?
If you were get a chance to slap 3 people without disclosing your identity, whom would they be ?
Darling, I won’t get such a chance in my life but yes If I answer this I won’t get a turn over on my birthday either. So I’d rather pass this “Taylor-swiftly”
We’d like you to give a message to your fans and followers residing back in Pakistan?
I love you all, Thanks a bunch for admiring, appreciating & adoring me for so many years. I just wish that the relationship between the two countries get better & stronger as it would make us more creatively liberated in order to witness a brighter dawn of tomorrow.
Lastly, thanks a million Karan for taking time out from your super busy schedule for Classy Capital Mag, It was a pleasure knowing more about you.
You welcome but frankly I’m not busy at all lol! I’m not making a film at the moment neither I’m dancing on a reality show.