The success of films such as Vicky Donor and Kahaani, which had modest budgets and no big stars, can pave the way for the death of the “star system” in Bollywood. So believes Karan Johar, the director famous for making star-studded blockbusters and promoting newcomers as “star material”.
At the session ‘Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema: The Road Ahead’, with directors Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and veteran actor Dhritiman Chatterjee on the panel, Johar’s comment stood out. Especially in the current scenario, where the “100 crore club” of actors rules the roost in the film industry.
But even as original films are emerging as an alternative to plotless potboilers, obstacles such as tighter censorship and intolerance towards different opinions were threatening to stifle t