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When I direct SRK and Kajol I’m doing my best work - KARAN JOHAR

Discussion in 'My Name Is Khan' started by srkadz, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. srkadz

    srkadz Well-Known Member

    When I direct SRK and Kajol I’m doing my best work - KARAN JOHAR

    After completing a tumultuous schedule of My Name is Khan in Los Angeles, Karan Johar lets off steam
    By Subhash K Jha
    Posted On Friday, February 06, 2009 at 02:31:24 AM

    You to seemed to have faced a lot of problems during your Los Angeles (LA) schedule of My Name is Khan?
    Tell me about it. Besides minor problems, there were unforeseen problems too. Thank God for my fabulous technical team, without them I could not have made my film the way I wanted to. Yes, there was stress.

    l • There were reports that some Musilms, who were part of the film, had visa problems?
    Yes, there were problems which were sorted out. We had certain legal issues, but made changes to accommodate the developments. I believe in following the law of every land. That’s what we did in LA when troubles arose.

    Did Aamir Bashir’s replacement by Jimmy Sheirgill need much deliberation and did it cause you pain?
    I wouldn’t say it was painful but yes, we had to do some serious re-thinking. I spoke to my casting director Shanu Sharma for immediate release. I was very happy to have Jimmy Sheirgill on board.

    Did the LA shoot go the way you wanted it to?
    In all my 11 years as a filmmaker I’ve never felt the experience to be so different. The content of My Name is Khan is diametrically opposite to whatever I’ve done in the past.

    On the very first day of shooting my cameraman Ravi Chandran looked at me and said, ‘I don’t think you’ve ever shot something like this.’ This is the first time I’m directing a screenplay that I haven’t written myself.

    It gives me a level of detachment from the proceedings and yet a lot of attachment. It has released a whole plethora of unexplored emotions in my head. This time, I’m being creative in a different way. And Shah Rukh Khan plays a completely different human being, I’ve never directed that person before.

    Your film has no lip-sync songs.
    None. The songs are all in the background. Even Rakeysh Mehra’s Rang De Basanti didn’t have lip-sync songs. But did we ever feel any loss? Music is an integral but seamless part of My Name is Khan, like Rang De Basanti. In this film, there’s no ‘It’s the time to disco’ and ‘Where’s the party tonight’ type of songs. But there’s guts, soul and heart in the music. I’ve a huge comfort zone with my composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. That’s the only way good work can be done.

    You are directing Shah Rukh and Kajol after a long time, how has it been?
    When I direct a scene with Shah Rukh and Kajol I know I’m doing my best work. I am blessed to have them in my film. I don’t know what it’s about them. It’s just magic. They build an inexplicable energy on screen. They instinctively understand each other’s acting. These two characters in My Name is Khan had to be SRK and Kajol.

    Was Kajol weighed down on location towards her motherly duties?
    Not at all, in fact I’ve worked with Kajol in various stages of her life. I’m working with her after eight years. When we worked the last time she didn’t have a daughter. So of course she’s a different person now. Today, I find her calmer and more focused on her work than ever before.

    Tell us about Shah Rukh Khan in My Name is Khan?
    Time and again I’m blown away by Shah Rukh. At times I wonder how can he bring so many variations in his character when he already has so much on his plate. He has done monumental research on his autistic character in the film. I was zapped by how much he knew about the subject.

    And he brought all the knowledge on the sets without any strain. He had written reams of notes on how he wanted to interpret his character. And for him it was no big deal. I think he’s ready to direct a film. He will be outstanding at it. His understanding of human nature and emotions can never be matched by me.

    http://www.mumbaimirror.com/article...I-direct-SRK-and-Kajol-I’m-doing-my-best-work
     
  2. srkaj0l1

    srkaj0l1 [L] KabirKhan..

    What an amazing sweet interview! :heart:. cutie putie!

    AWWWWWW. How do you mean sweet! Love him when he is talking like this about my fav jodi. Karan is def the biggest srkajol fan ever!

    Great! love it.
     
  3. bonita

    bonita Shahrukh-My LOVE

    nice interview
    thanks dear
     
  4. lara

    lara Jodi No.1

    He is soooo right...its just MAGIC :heart:
    Thank youuuu for the Interview :)
     
  5. jg2k

    jg2k The.One

    I just LOVED this article! Thanks for sharing. :):hug:
     
  6. Dea

    Dea ♥SRK-Gauri♥

    omg my heart is so pounding after having read this :heart: really, i truly can't wait! i'm absolutely convinced this film will ROCK! :love:
     
  7. jOoOoOoOoOdi

    jOoOoOoOoOdi New Member

    i love karoooooooooooooo
     
  8. sheruka

    sheruka SRK forever

    All the best Karan:rockon:

    CAN'T WAIT.
     
  9. Pompula

    Pompula Shahrukh Fan-Girl

    The more I hear anything related to this film, the more I'm looking forward to it... Even though it seems not possible... :D
     
  10. semaay

    semaay Senior Member

    I love how Karan describes SRK and Kajol and doesn't even uses the word "chemistry" :D.

    Katja, me too, I am getting more impatient every time I read more about this movie. For now I have Bilboo Barber to look forward to. ;)
     
  11. MissKhan

    MissKhan New Member

    AWWWWWIIIIIII! I'm loving Karan for loving SRK and Kajol so much! :heart: THX!
     
  12. Hasret

    Hasret Ullu-Club-Member

    awwwiiii Karrruuu you are tooo shweeettt!!! :love: :heart: :heart: :kiss: and i agree with everything you said :D
     
  13. kahaanii2802

    kahaanii2802 Pagal Naanii

    Nothing more to add - love you Karan for this.
     
  14. rainy

    rainy New Member

    Nice interview....Karan is brilliant.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  15. sanjani

    sanjani Ullu-Club Member

    Re: When I direct SRK and Kajol I’m doing my best work - KARAN JOHAR

    Karan is very sweet and I'm very curious about his new creation!!! :nod: :)
     
  16. Shabana_SRK

    Shabana_SRK Dr D&G

    great interview! can't wait for this movie!
     
  17. dilos

    dilos Well-Known Member

     
  18. semaay

    semaay Senior Member

    Yes, that part about the music is really interesting. I love Rang De Basanti and Karan is right, you didn't feel any loss because there was no lip-sync songs.

    And nothing to add to what he said about SRK and Kajol :heart:!!!
     
  19. avggomez

    avggomez New Member

    you dont have to say its your best work when it comes to SRK and Kajol..... its a prooven fact Karu... we luv you... you ar ethe biggest SRK Kajol fan and we know you bring the best out of them...
     
  20. DianaDimple

    DianaDimple Well-Known Member

    SRK is ready to direct: Karan

    SRK is ready to direct: Karan

    Times of India - 7 Jul 2009, 0300 hrs IST, SUBHASH K JHA


    After a tumultuous stint of shooting for what promises to be his most controversial film to date, Karan Johar lets off steam.

    You could make a film on the things that happened during your Los Angeles schedule of My Name Is Khan.
    Tell me about it. Besides normal problems, there were unforeseen problems. Thank God for my fabulous technical team. Without them I could never make my film the way I want to. Yes, there was stress.

    There were visa problems for some Muslim members of your cast?
    Yes, there were problems. We had certain legal issues. We had to make some changes to accommodate the developments. They were sorted out. I believe in completely going by the law of every land. That's what we did in LA when troubles arose.

    Was Aamir Bashir replaced by Jimmy Sheirgil after a great deal of deliberation and pain?
    I wouldn't say it was painful. Yes, we did have to do some serious re-thinking. I spoke to my casting director Shanu Sharma for immediate release. I was very happy to have Jimmy Sheirgil on board. I had done his clothes for Aditya Chopra's Mohabbatein. So I know him from his debut. It was unfortunate that things didn't work out with Aamir Bashir. Like Jimmy he was terrific in A Wednesday. I look forward to working with him some other time.

    Were you pissed off with Bashir for going to press about the visa problem?
    I don't blame anyone for the situation. I don't see why the issue had to be reported so prominently in the Indian media. It complicated things for me. If creating hurdles for a filmmaker on a difficult foreign location makes news, so be it. It constantly kept creating stress for me.

    Was it a painful experience to shoot in LA?
    In all my 11 years as a filmmaker I've never felt the experience to be so different. Content- wise My Name Is Khan is diametrically opposite to whatever I've done in the past. You know, on the very first day of shooting my cameraman Ravi Chandran looked at me and said, 'I don't think you've ever shot something like this.' This is the first time I'm directing a screenplay I haven't written myself. This gives me a level of detachment from the proceedings and yet a lot of attachment. It has released a whole plethora of unexplored emotions in my head. This time I'm being creative in a different way. And Shah Rukh plays a completely different human being I've never directed that person before. It took a few days for all of us to get into the groove. How this exploration of a new territory will turn out, no one knows.

    My Name Is Khan has no lip-sync songs.
    No, none. The songs are all in the background. Even Rakeysh Mehra's Rang De Basanti didn't have lip-sync songs. But did we ever feel any loss? In LA we had fans coming to us to ask if there was any track like Suraj hua madhyam in My Name Is Khan. Little did they know. Music is an integral but seamless part of My Name Is Khan, like Rang De Basanti. This time there's no It's the time to disco and Where's the party tonight. But there's guts, soul and heart in the music. I've a huge comfort zone with my composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. That's the only way good work can be done. I wish more filmmakers would learn to have fun on the job. The day you start taking yourself too seriously is the beginning of the end.

    Apparently Javed Saab refused to share lyrical credits with Niranjan Iyer?
    Javed Saab is a father figure. And our rapport goes way beyond work. Niranjan has written the dialogues. Niranjan wrote two songs in My Name Is Khan. Javed Saab was gracious enough to offer to let Nirajan write the rest of the songs. And when I insisted Javed Saab had to write one song that only he could he very kindly agreed. He's also written the lyrics of my production Wake Up, Sid.

    You're very generous about other people's work?
    I come from a space where I believe the only way to be brilliant is to acknowledge brilliance. Of course I suffer from normal human failings like jealousy, insecurity and anxiety. But that doesn't stop me from acknowledging other people's good work. Of course you feel great sometimes when someone fails.

    How was it directing Shah Rukh and Kajol again?
    I am blessed to have them in my film. I don't know what it's about them. It's just magic. They build an inexplicable energy on screen. They instinctively understand each other's acting. When I direct a scene with Shah Rukh and Kajol I know I'm doing my best work. These two characters in My Name Is Khan HAD to be SRK and Kajol.


    You almost didn't get Kajol?
    She had to read the script. That was it. She said yes. I wouldn't want any actor to say yes to my film just because he or she is a friend. I want my actors to really do the role. I've great friendships. But I don't want any actor to compromise on his or her basic tenets on cinema.

    Was Kajol weighed down on location by her motherly duties?
    Not at all. I've worked with Kajol in various stages of her life. I'm working her again eight years later. When we worked the last time she didn't have a daughter. So of course she's a different person. Today I find her calmer, more focused on her work than ever before. Of course she has a really cute daughter to look after. But Kajol manages to be fantastic wife-mother and actress. I find Shah Rukh and Kajol alike in their attitude to work and family. They're both so much into their spouses and kids. When the shot is over they rush to their respective family. On location in LA between shots they spoke to each other about their respective families.

    How was Shah Rukh?
    Time and again I'm blown away by Shah Rukh. How can he think of so many things about his character when he has so much on his plate? He has done monumental research on his autistic character. I was zapped by how much he knew on the subject. And he brought all the knowledge on the sets without any strain. He had written reams of notes on how he wanted to interpret his character. And to him it was no big deal for him. He's ready to direct a film any time. He will be outstanding at it. His understanding of human nature and emotions can never be matched by me.

    How was it shooting with Ravi Chandran for the first time?
    I told him very frankly that I'm not technically savvy. I left it all to him. I've only contributed to the emotional energy of the film.

    Are you satisfied with what you've shot so far?
    I can't be satisfied. I just need to get the job done. I'm just anxious to move on to the next schedule.
     

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