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