Whatever filmmaker Karan Johar creates, it generates a lot of buzz in the industry. When the director-producer and talk show presenter turned 50, he held a large, blingy birthday party for himself and his celebrity friends, which garnered the most attention.
Generations of stars gathered under one roof in amazing clothes and danced the night away, from Shah Rukh Khan to Ranveer Singh. However, when a new wave of Covid-19 cases swept the country, Johar’s party was dubbed a’super-spreader event,’ as expected. In an interview with Film Companion about that night, Karan stated emphatically that he had nothing to do with the fresh wave of the pandemic.
“Now, not to sound too scientific, but we have no idea who contracted it when since there was so much going on that week.” This is true even in the film industry. Why should I blame myself if there was no party? There were weddings, events, and photo shoots. Why does everything come down to me? I don’t want to come across as a victim, but I do feel marginalised. I’m like, “I don’t have anything to do with this pandemic; I just want to make it public.” It’s not my fault. I have no knowledge of how this pandemic started or where it came from. “I just want to put it out there so people can understand why people wrote what they did, how many people contracted it, did it happen at my party, I’m not saying, I’m not saying,” Karan told Film Companion.
Later, Karan revealed further details about the celebration, revealing that his lavish bash was held at the Yash Raj studios, as suggested by Aditya Chopra, and that Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh and DJ Ganesh were in charge of the music department.
“It was a major thing in my head” (turning 50). A part of me was also traumatised, and another part of me wanted to rejoice in it. And because all I know about the movies comes from Yash Raj studios, Yash (Chopra) uncle, and Adi (Aditya Chopra), it had to be honoured there. Everyone became involved, including Apoorva, my CEO, and one of my producers, all of a sudden. I was so excited that I said, “It has to have a set, there has to be chandeliers, it has to be over the top, everything I am all about.” There were chandeliers, people dressed like chandeliers, and I was enthralled by it all. Karan gushed, “I had such a nice time.”
KJo stated he had a unique connection to his all-time favourite ‘Dafli Wale’ music, which was performed at his party: “That song goes back to my youth.” As a kid, I was completely captivated with that song and movie. So when my kids decided to give me a present, they actually practised the steps of the song, and tears streamed down my face. With his emotions, Ranveer Singh was entirely in charge of the music. He and DJ Ganesh were thinking, “The movie star will come on the dance floor, and we’ll play that song.” At 4 p.m., he completed a sound tech check. “This has to be the Om Shanti Om dance number,” he said, so Salman and Shah Rukh danced to Bhangra Paa Le, and Kajol and Rani danced to Koi Mil Gaya.”
Karan Johar also spoke about the seventh season of his talk show Koffee with Karan, which will premiere on Disney Plus Hotstar on July 7th. “The performers are all so cautious,” he remarked, “I have to drag it (knowledge and gossip) out of them now.” ‘Will you ask me about this?’ says everyone. ‘Will you remove that?’ “What happened to candour?” I wondered. On that couch, people used to be so much simpler. However, everyone is suddenly concerned that everything will become a news story. For crying out loud, I’ve gotten cricketers in trouble (referring to his infamous Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul incident), and I even managed it. Ranbir Kapoor has stated that he will not be attending the show. ‘I love you,’ he said. I’ll come to your house and chat to you.’ ‘Mujhe bohot tension hoti hai,’ he said.
On the job front, Karan Johar is currently filming Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, a family entertainer starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. He’ll also be directing an action picture, which will begin production once Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani wraps.