Karan Johar: Takht is like the K3G of the Mughal era
Karan Johar announced the cast of Takht, his next directorial, on Thursday. It has a stellar cast that only a Karan could pull off. The film stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anil Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Ranveer Singh, Bhumi Pednekar and Janhvi Kapoor. With Takht, Johar will turn into direction. It will interesting to see his vision of a period drama as we all have seen Karan as the king of romance genre. The director is known for larger-than-life family dramas such as K3G, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, My Name is Khan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
In an interview with Film Companion, he got candid about Takht. He said, “It’s like the K3G of the Mughal era. But it’s more extreme, there is more betrayal. It’s has the tropes of court politics. It’s so rich in texture.” Speaking about the film’s cast, he added, “It’s an unusual mix of talent. They are actors who have walked the parallel path, we have the superstar dynamic with Kareena (Kapoor), there’s Anil Kapoor who I have never directed before – but each actor fits the part to the tee. It’s not that I have gone to them because I have access. It’s a strange dichotomy. Each one has never played a part like this and yet each one fit it perfectly.”
Well, Ranveer has done period film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This is for the first time Karan is trying this genre and comparisons are bound to happen. On the comparisons, Karan said, “I would be lying if I didn’t admit that the comparison is very challenging. I love Sanjay’s aesthetic. The comparison scares me but I hope I can find my own voice. I hope I’m not doomed by comparison.”
While the release date of the film is yet to be known, the poster mentioned that the film will hit the cinema in 2020. It will be interesting to see how Karan will tell the story of Mughals.