Posted: 10 January 2005 at 4:38pm
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"I like to be the man on top, in every sense!"
By IndiaFM News Bureau, January 07th, 2005 - 0930 hrs IST
Cynics snub his 'goody-two-shoes' characters, the SRK fixation.
Critics aren't too kind to his sense of extravagance and
implausible scripts either. But the fankar of 'feel-good' films
Karan Johardusts off criticism with a shrug and continues to
dish the biggest hankie-wringers Bollywood has seen.
We bring you excerpts from a recent interview where the
articulate director touches upon promising 2005 flicks, why
Black has got him excited, the best film he saw in recent times
and the stars who are going to shine bright this calender year…
A quick run of 2005 movies
2005 starts with a bang. Kisna is looking big. So is Black. Both
besides being hugely awaited films are cinematic departures
for the two directors. While, Subhash Ghai will sample a period
film with Kisna, Black is looking stunning too.
Black has aroused a lot of curiosity…
That's right. The whole world wants to know what the film is
about. I have a very good feeling about it. I think Black has an
international aura to it. And it just might be our ticket to the Big
Backtracking to 2005 releases…
Yes, we then have Ketan Mehta's The Rising. The whole look,
feel and ambience are top notch. Aamir Khan's performance
will be something to watch out for.
The Chopras have had a great run in 2004, what are they
going to give people this year?
I agree. They gave three thunderous hits in 2004, Hum Tum,
Dhoom, Veer-Zaara. And this year will see a lot of them too.
There's Shaad Ali's Bunty aur Babli, Siddharth Anand's Saif-
Preity starrer and Kunal Kohli's Aamir-Kajol film. Yashraj is
growing to be among the most credible banner India has
Speaking of which, where do we see you in 2005?
Ah, little me will have come out with Kaal being co-produced by
Shahrukh by the end of April. Hopefully, December should also
see my directorial venture happen.
2004 saw a string of sleazebag films. Any trends that you see
I think the skin flicks will die this year. There has been an overt
exposure about it. Don't think it will last any longer. As for citing
any particular trends, audiences will get a mixed bag of films.
No particular trend hits me.
Any film that has particularly impressed you of late…
Lets see…I saw the Juhi Chawla starrer My Brother Nikhil and I
think it among the better films that I saw of recent. Very
impacting, must admit.
Tell us the actors to watch out for in 2005?
Hmm…Abhishek is tremendous! Shahid Kapur and Viek
Oberoi display talent too. I am sure these can deliver big guns,
if molded well. Among the women, Rani, Kareena and Ash are
all doing good projects. Priyanka Chopra has signed some big
films too. Watch out for the lady!
The director now settles to some fastrack Q-n-A. And ditto his
films; entertainment is what he delivers…
Who makes a better actress in the long run, Ash or Sush?
Sush can slip into myriad roles. But Ash is the big screen
heroine. Westwards is where she would be looking.
Will she make it big?
Oh yes! I think the actor in her has great potential
On similar lines, Abhishek or Vivek Oberoi?
The best actress…
From your movies, pick a favorite
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Who's the most overrated person you have come across?
None. I am always among the best of talented people that I feel
quite inadequate. I almost feel I am the most overrated person.
The most intimidating guest on your show…
Aishwarya, it has to be. She was unflappable! A tough cookie. I
think she handled me marvelously well.
Would you cast Mallika in your film, If yes, as whom?
Of course I would cast her. Would cast her as a sexpot, what
The worst comment anyone has paid you?
This guy walked up to me and told, 'Same shit, different film' on
On woman you would like to be reborn as?
Aishwarya Rai! She is singularly the most beautiful woman on
You like to be the man on top or the man below?
Man on top, in every sense!