Bollywood has few stars, complains KJo
Filmmaker Karan Johar (right) says the film industry is going through a crisis. “There are few actors who are viable, saleable! It’s limiting, we have very few movie stars and I hope the country starts loving more stars soon,” says KJo. “100 movies to make and only six of them that can sell your movie, suddenly you take anyone else and they say ‘you won’t get the budget otherwise, then the music won’t sell, overseas won’t sell, satellite won’t sell, digital won’t sell, nothing sells then,” he adds.
The 44-year-old — who has worked with some of the biggest superstars of India, including Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor — says the way we used to love our movie stars up to the 1980s... “that madness and insanity is depleting” with time.
Talking about Student Of The Year (2012) — which he made with newcomers Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, who have now established themselves — KJo says: “I used to feel very sad, there was no star on that set ever... It was a chance I took, fortunately things worked out, but it doesn’t work like that always.” The filmmaker’s next project stars biggies Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma.