Karan Johar turns game show host for new movie

By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Celebrities make good game show hosts. After Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, it is filmmaker Karan Johar's turn to host a game show, but on screen for a new Balaji production.

In Balaji's feature film "Khel Khel Mein" directed by Sachin Yardi, Karan has been roped in to play a talk show host for a game show called "Karan Banaye Crorepati". And the actor playing the contestant on the hot seat when Karan shot for the film last month was none other than Tusshar Kapoor.

The young actor found the experience great fun. "I thought that Karan would just be a token actor on the stage since he is a filmmaker. But he surprised us all with his knowledge of the lights, camera, angles, shot division and how to stand in a frame. I felt like a novice before him," Tusshar told IANS.

The director initially tried to instruct his guest star, but soon let him do his own thing. Laughs Tusshar: "I think being on television and doing so much on camera, Karan has become a seasoned actor. I seriously think he should do a major acting assignment. In 'Khel Khel Mein', he'll steal the show from all of us and then there's my sister Ekta who has also promised to make a vital appearance. But to pin her down is next to impossible."

Tell Karan about Tusshar's observations of his acting skills and Karan laughs: "Well, as it is Shah Rukh and I are now being nominated for the same awards. So, he'd better watch out. Jokes apart, I've no patience or time for acting. Even my 11-day stint on NDTV Imagine's 'Shava Shava' was something I was committed to do. I enjoyed it while it lasted, but no more on-camera work for me, or else people will forget that I'm a filmmaker."

Karan also received a special award from buddy Ekta Kapoor at the Global Indian TV honours. "It was special because Ekta was giving me the award. We even danced together on stage."

Next year, Karan is expected to host Ekta's cinema and television awards ceremony. "If she asks me, I'll happily do it. I can never say no to Ekta," says Karan emotionally.

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