Ae Dil Hai Mushkil leading ladies Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan joined the film’s director Karan Johar for an interactive session at the ongoing Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival on Saturday.
Talking about the representation of women in his films, Johar said, “I have a very strong feminine side and so I don't think it would have made any difference if the film was directed by a female."
"I am matured enough to tell a story from both perspectives. In fact, I represent women more than men in my stories,"
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is based on the feeling of unrequited love. Karan Johar has always been the man portraying ‘friendzoned’ characters in his film, so how did he actually came up with the idea of making a film on unrequited love?
Johar answers, “I just took nine days to write the film. I was in New York and while walking around the streets, I was thinking about the pain a person goes through when one-sided love happens. I have gone through that pain. The story of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil talks about this side of a love story. It comes from a very personal space.”
About the term ‘friendzone’ Johar feels that it’s a fooling terminology because either you are friends or lovers, when the lines blur ‘ishq’ (love) happens. He adds, “I hope after watching Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, people connect to the story and those who have been through this journey of ‘one sided affection’ find their emotional therapy the same way I experienced while making the film.”
The film has been making headlines for the sizzling chemistry between the Aishwarya and Ranbir Kapoor. Karan Johar proudly claims, “There is no nudity in the film. All the ‘so called hot scenes’ are like that because of the attitude. It is the relationship between the two characters, Saba and Ayan that makes the track remarkably sensuous.
The man who brought to screen love-stories like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and My Name Is Khan is often accused of running away from reality and hiding in the unrealistic beauty, glamour and expensive wardrobes on his sets. To this, Johar says, “My films are based on real people with real emotions and situations. They do not have the grit and darkness of an Anurag Kashyap or Dibakar Banerjee, but they have a soul.”
Karan believes he makes films on love and presenting the dark side of life is not yet his forte.
Karan believes that Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna is one of his favourites and he would like to recreate the film someday. “I would like to make KANK again if given a chance with lesser mistakes and more maturity.”
Bringing two actresses together is always seen as a source of some gossip by the industry. Karan, however, feels that it is the male actors who can’t work together in a film. Karan says, “Anushka and Aishwarya got along really well on sets. However, it’s the actors who throw tantrums.”
Johar, who was in talks with Rohit Shetty for the re-make of Ram-Lakhan says, “Making a Ram-Lakhan with two top actors is a distant dream. They are insecure of each –other. The actor who will play Ram will always be insecure of Lakhan because he has a stronger presence. Either a Ram can be or a Lakhan, but not a Ram-Lakhan together. ”
Karan also talked about his mentor Yash Chopra and how he shaped his career as a filmmaker, “Yashji offered me my first job. I was assisting Aditya Chopra on DDLJ and it changed my life. I believe after almost 2 decades I can say that there will never be another Yash Chopra but I consider myself a worthy son.”