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Interview: Karan Johar talks about ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’

In what is billed to be one of the most loveable films to hit Indian cinema screens this summer, the must-see romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania weaves the classic ‘boy-meets-girl’ tale into a unique and quirky youth drama for the modern generation. The film is produced by renowned filmmaker Karan Johar’s production banner Dharma Productions and released in UK cinemas by Reliance Entertainment on 11th July 2014.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania UK Release

Bollywood sweetheart, Alia Bhatt, who also made her big-screen debut in the Karan Johar production Student of the Year and received widespread critical acclaim for her role in Highway and 2 States, convincingly plays the main female protagonist, sealing her position as one of Bollywood’s most sought after leading ladies.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania – A Reliance Entertainment release in the overseas markets, in cinemas 11th July 2014.
Karan Johar

In this interview, producer Karan Johar talks about the much-awaited film:


Is ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ in any way related to the super hit ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’?
Our film (‘Humpty Sharma..) is an ode to ‘DDLJ’. One will see glimpses of ‘DDLJ’ but the love story is different from ‘DDLJ’. We have made this film with honesty, integrity (and) with an intention to entertain people.

As a person you seem to be very happy & make a lot of people laugh, but most of your movies make people cry. Why is that?
I love crying and to me, cinema crying is very cathartic. I remember when I watched The Namesake with Mr Bachchan. All my pent-up emotions of losing my dad came out, even though, thematically, it had nothing to do with losing a parent. But something triggered an emotion and I just remember weeping. The second time I cried was while watching Taare Zameen Par as I was in boarding school for four days, that too, in the same one shown in the film. I remember my parents leaving me behind there. Seeing the film, I think Niagara Falls had begun and I wept and wept and I called Aamir after the show. The first film I cried was in Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se. I was eight years old and was bawling at the end of it. My mother kept explaining to me how that was not real, but that didn’t stop me from crying.

What attracted you to ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’?
I really liked the script and I found it very funny. I also loved the fact that the classic ‘boy-meets-girl’ tale has been made into a unique and quirky youth drama for the modern generation.

Alia Bhatt is often being compared to Kareena Kapoor. What is your opinion on the two Bollywood divas?
There is only one Kareena Kapoor – I am not only a huge fan of her work but I value her as a friend too. Kareena and Alia are two different people. Kareena has been in the Bollywood industry for a long time now; she has created a tremendous niche for herself and set a bar so high that it’s unfair to compare her with Alia. Alia is charming in her own way and I am sure she will make her own space. You just have to give her some time.

You have launched quite a few newcomers to Bollywood – do you think it is much easier being launched rather that doing everything on your own?
It is definitely difficult for them. Even though they are very young they have seen pretty much everything now – they have seen success, failure, insecurity and anxiety up, close and personal. They have seen too much that can eat into them. The basic perception is that it is easy, but it is really not. They have a point to prove… there are so many expectations from them. I think film fraternity and star kids have it tougher.

The film releases in UK cinemas on 11th July 2014.

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