Karan Johar is excited about his segment in Bombay Talkies, a film that celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema in four short films, directed by Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and himself. The director talks about the unique experience.
Recently, Dibakar said that the budget of his film was Rs. 1.5 crore, to which you apparently replied that a lehenga in your film would cost that much.
I was joking. No lehenga in my film has cost that much, but one came quite close. We have made our films within a tight budget. Everyone - Rani (Mukerji), Randeeep (Hooda), Sakib (Saleem), the technical team and Vishal-Shekhar - worked for free because of the constraints. Bombay Talkies was not about money but about making a special project. All of us directors were given a certain budget, schedule and delivery date and we felt like it was science project.
Was making a short film as taxing as a full-fledged feature film?
You go through the same anxieties and insecurities. The challenge is to encompass all your emotions in 27 minutes. I was worried that would make the other directors look bad. I am the odd one out in this group but have come out more enriched after hanging out with them. They are amazing filmmakers.
It was heard that your film was chosen to be the first as it has the most commercial appeal.
Not at all. We all discussed the order in which the films will be shown. I think Anurag's film is the most commercial.
How was it working with Anurag?
We got along like a house on fire. We are a lot like each other though we make different kind of films. He's a great promoter of cinema, really pushes the bar and encourages new filmmakers to share their vision. Very few people have the passion that Anurag has. He's moved cinema into another zone.