Karan Johar feels Bollywood 'lacks spine and conviction', says 'we started remaking every film popular in Tamil & Telugu'


Karan Johar, Bollywood's one of the most successful filmmaker-producers, recently shared his opinion about what the Hindi film industry is doing wrong in recent years in comparison to all the other film industries of India - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Marathi, among others. The filmmaker shared these views in a round table discussion hosted by Galatta Plus.

The filmmaker said, “I think the core issue is that we come from a mainstream industry in Hindi cinema, and that includes myself, which does not have one very strong quality that every other cinema on this panel has. That is conviction. We kind of always go with the flow. We had such an original voice in Salim-Javed in the 70s. We created a certain character and the concept of that angsty, angry hero was derived in other cinemas. Then, in the 80s, suddenly something happened and there came a host of remakes. That’s where the conviction loss started. We started remaking every film popular in Tamil and Telugu.”

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Karan cited how several trends took hold in Bollywood after the success of a tentpole film year after year and said, “In the 90s, there was one love story that stormed the nation--Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Everyone, including myself, decided to jump on that bandwagon of love, and Shah Rukh Khan was created. But we let go of all our roots in the 70s. Then Lagaan was nominated for an Oscar in 2001 and everybody started making those kinds of films. In 2010, Dabangg did well and we again started those commercial films. That’s the problem. We actually lack--and I say this more for myself than anyone else--we lack the spine and conviction. That’s what we need to get from all the other industries.”

On the work front, Karan recently wrapped the 7th season of his famous talk show Koffee With Karan. The filmmaker's next directorial Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani is slated to release in 2023.