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I've grown up, says Karan Johar


Akanksha Banerjee,CNN-IBN
Aug 10, 2006 at 09:47pm IST

London: Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna hits theatres this Friday and the soundtrack is already out overseas and in India.

Actor Shah Rukh Khan, who stars in the movie, released the soundtrack for the overseas market in London on June 12 and the soundtrack for the Indian market was released at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Dubai on June 16.

CNN-IBN correspondent Akanksha Banerjee caught up with Karan Johar and quizzed about the movie.

Akanksha Banerjee: Your previous two films Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham had elements of London in it, but now is it New York?

Karan Johar: In Kal Ho Na Ho, I built New York into the screenplay and the narrative. I must admit in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, it was a decision I took to be in a comfort zone with New York as the backdrop. It had to be somewhere out of the country where there is an effective Indian community.

Akanksha Banerjee: You make people laugh, and then you make them cry a lot. So what about this film? The theme is different, it’s bold—adultery and infidelity.

Karan Johar: When it’s called a film about adultery and infidelity, I’d like to say that it has not been treated frivolously at all. There is a lot of dignity and intensity given to the plot, even though it deals with slightly gray areas of life. But I think for the first time, my film has gray areas and characters. I’ve always lived in white and I’ve been very happy living there. Though this one treads on gray areas, it never veers towards the black.

Akanksha Banerjee: What’s your risk quotient when it comes to movies? A lot of people say you like to play it safe.

Karan Johar: I don’t take risks, I never have.

Akanksha Banerjee: So are we seeing a newer, maybe more mature Karan Johar with this film?

Karan Johar: Well, it is more mature, it is definitely me grown up. As I always said, I have to grow up eventually. Yes, but I don’t take risks, I haven’t taken risks in the past, and I don’t think I have taken one with Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. I would love to say that it’s a big risk and sound very brave about it. No, it’s not a risk. I believe it’s an emotional story, and I believe emotions are universal.

Akanksha Banerjee: Should we carry tissues when we go to see Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna? Is it a tearjerker?

Karan Johar: Not really, it’s my least weepy film, if that is any kind of a category. I’m hoping people connect with it. I’m hoping people find themselves in the film.

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