Karan Johar Says Today Filmmakers Lack Passion & Vision
Dynamic director-producer Karan Johar says that today filmmakers lack obsession and zeal towards their work. Johar who has made romantic hits like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna appreciated the efforts put in by the yesteryear filmmakers.
He said, "We solely lack the passion. I don`t think we have the passion, the vision and the madness yesteryear filmmakers had. I think we (the current lot of filmmakers) are too pragmatic, too practical, too commercial and too much focus on the dynamics of the movie industry."
"We are no longer passionate people. We don`t have that anymore," Johar added while attending the launch of the book, The Dialogue of Pyaasa.
Paying tribute to the legendary actor & director Guru Dutt, Karan said “It`s truly an honour and a pleasure to be associated with this genius, this man, this craftsman (Guru Dutt).”
"I was not a normal child in my generation. Everyone, when I was growing up, was watching a whole lot of different cinema. I don`t know whether its karmic or it`s my destiny, but I grew up watching a lot of the masters`s movies."
"So I grew up on Bimal Roy, vintage Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt. My mother used to like listening to Guru Dutt`s music and that what drew me towards his movies and at a very young age, it left an indelible mark in my head space. Even till today, some of those images and visuals keep coming back to me and I haven`t been able to emulate even one of them," Johar added.
However, the filmmaker refused to remake Guru Dutt`s 1957 masterpiece as according to him some movies are good as original.
"Remaking is a fashion trend nowadays. I`m doing it myself but some films should not be touched because that`s an insult to them. `Pyaasa` is a film like that. I think it should be kept like the way it is," said Johar.