We all witnessed the drastic failure of Karan Johar’s much-ambitious flick, Kalank, which sank at the box office. The film made on a budget of more than INR 150 crore, could only manage to gross INR 142.15 crore. Not a long ago, Karan was speaking to DNA in an interview about Kalank’s failure, the director believes he is the only person to be blamed for the film’s failure.
The director-producer said,
“I will never go through a phase of delusion where I will blame the audience. If a film fails, it is my fault, it is our fault. I am the older one and I have to be the wiser one. I shouldn’t be making mistakes.”
Karan also talked about what and where went wrong, he revealed,
“Let me say this. All of us are allowed to have interpretational errors in cinema. We may interpret a subject matter in such a way that may not go into your liking. Or your thinking. But when you make a colossal film, you cannot go wrong. That means there was something we didn’t look at initially and closely.”
He does not even want to blame the director of the film,
“And I take that responsibility. I told the director, there is no one person to blame. And, if there is, then please hold me responsible. I should have been much more vigilant,” asserted Karan.
While speaking of Varun Dhawan, KJo said that he has huge respect for the young actor. He stated,
“Varun came to me and said, ‘Karan, let’s make this up to the audience and to the studio which backed us. Let us, the same team get together and make it up to them by giving them a winner. Let us not get cowed down by this failure. Instead, let us move on to something more positive.’ I have humongous respect for Varun. Tell me, how many lead actors will do something like this? How many actors will walk into the room of the producer and not blame him or her for the failure?”
Speaking of other cast members, the Raazi producer,
“Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur…all of them called me with only love and respect. They said, ‘We stand by the film.’ No one called with the feeling, ‘Why did this happen to us?’ They were all like, ‘No, this has happened. Now, let us make sure we will rise above this.’ The spirit of the cast and crew is what gratified me.”
Karan concluded by saying,
“I am happy that the people I have surrounded myself with are strong, happy and positive. I have learned from this whole experience.”
Talking about the work front, Karan will direct his upcoming film, Takht, soon. The film casts Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pednekar, Vicky Kaushal, Janhvi and Anil Kapoor.