Filmmaker Karan Johar feels the reports of Bollywood’s death are greatly exaggerated. In a recent interaction, the filmmaker reacted strongly to perceptions about Bollywood being ‘finished’, calling it “rubbish”.
Karan, who has directed some of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters like ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, says even though it has become a challenge to ensure audience footfall in theatres, good films will always work.
In an interaction with news agency PTI, when asked to comment about claims that Bollywood is finished, Karan said, “It’s all nonsense and rubbish. Good films will always work. ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ and ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ have done huge numbers. We have done numbers on ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’ as well. Films which aren’t good can never work and they’ve never worked.”
The filmmaker’s own production, ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’, starring Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, and Kiara Advani, managed to earn over ₹84 crore following its release last month. Alia Bhatt-starrer ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, on the other hand, made almost ₹180 crore at the box office.
In addition, films from the south easily dwarfed the figures of the hits from Bollywood. Both ‘RRR’ and ‘KGF: Chapter 2’ crossed ₹1100 crore while ‘Vikram’ and ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ earned over ₹350 crore each.
Karan said he is hopeful that the coming line-up of films from Bollywood, which comprises titles headlined by superstars Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, and Salman Khan, will light up the box office.
The filmmaker, who is returning to direction after six years with ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’, believes it isn’t an easy task to live up to the expectations. “To get the audience inside a cinema hall is not easy anymore. You’ve to make sure your film, trailer, and campaign is exciting to manage to get those numbers. You’re living up to your own reputation. Is it stress? Could be. But it’s more of a challenge and I like taking challenges,” he added.