Karan Mal­ho­tra

His up­com­ing movie is hugely awaited, a re­made clas­sic that’s choc-a-block with pow­er­house per­for­mances.

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“Once I’m fix­ated on some­thing, I can’t sit un­til it’s done”. That may ex­plain how Karan Mal­ho­tra has man­aged to rope in the coun­try’s top grossers to­gether for the most talked-about re­lease of 2012— Agneepath, a rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the iconic Amitabh Bachchan star­rer. “I was plain lucky to have got­ten this op­por­tu­nity,” says Karan. “I was chat­ting with Karan Jo­har about movies that would make in­ter­est­ing re­makes, and I sug­gested Agneepath. A few days later, he called to ask if I’d like to write the screen­play. I couldn’t be­lieve it!” Karan isn’t new to cinema. “My fa­ther was a pro­ducer, and even as a child, I was in­ter­ested in the art, but didn’t quite know how to go about things.” So he de­cided to learn, and be­gan look­ing around for work. “I hadn’t re­ceived any for­mal train­ing, and every­thing I learnt was from my ex­pe­ri­ences.” Re­mak­ing a clas­sic is no mean joke, let alone one that’s star­ring big­gies like Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Cho­pra, San­jay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor, and Ka­t­rina Kaif. Is he ner­vous? “I still get cold feet think­ing about my film. But I be­lieve if a project isn’t in­ter­est­ing enough, it won’t work. I’m a huge fan of the orig­i­nal, and we’ve tried to cre­ate a new world here, while main­tain­ing its core essence.” When he’s not mak­ing movies, Karan is a self­con­fessed movie buff. “I’m par­tial to drama. My faves are Ek Ruka Hua Faisla and Blue Um­brella,” he says. “And don’t for­get to men­tion I’m a huge Sub­hash Ghai fan!”

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