Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is launching a female director for the first time under his banner with Gippi, feels talent has nothing to do with gender. Sonam Nair makes her directorial debut with Gippi, produced by Johar’s Dharma Productions, which traces the changes in the life of a teenage girl. “Talent does not have a gender at all and it should not have a gender. Sonam is a very talented young girl. It does not matter that she is a girl, she is a very talented director,” says Johar.
Over the years, Johar has launched a bevy of new directors, Nikhil Advani (Kal Ho Na Ho), Punit Malhotra (I Hate Luv Storys), Ayan Mukerji (Wake Up Sid), Siddharth Malhotra (We Are Family), Shakun Batra (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu) and Karan Malhotra (Agneepath).
“Only in our country do we make statements like, Oh, you are working with a female director. I have been asked this question a lot. I think Sonam is very talented and talent shouldn’t have a gender,” says the 41-year-old.