Karan Johar: “The best crossover is when South cinema does well in the North”


Karan Johar is gearing up for the promotions of his production houses latest project, ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’. The movie is a family entertainer and Karan and his team are promoting it as the ‘Wedding of the year’.

After generating a lot of buzz for the first look, and creating excitement for each of the characters in the film, the trailer of the movie was finally launched on May 22 at a grand event.

During the trailer launch event, Karan Johar was put on the hotspot by media and asked to weigh in on the Bollywood vs. South cinema debate and the filmmaker did not hesitate and succinctly said that it is better to see it all as Indian cinema and be proud of all of it.

Karan Johar has been an active producer of South movies through his Dharma banner for a few years now and he said that we should be proud of Indian cinema as a whole.

Talking about this, the filmmaker said, “When we talk about films like Pushpa, RRR and KGF doing good business, we can truly say that this is Indian Cinema. I can say I am proud of Indian cinema as a whole. They have the raised the status for Indian cinema. Rajamouli sir, Sukumar and KGF makers have all told us how far we can go and how much we can do, they have truly raised our standards. Gangubai Kathiawadi has done such good business and now Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has kicked off a massive opening. Now we just wish that Jug Jugg Jeeyo gets added into that list. We hope that films of every language do well whether it is Tamil, Telugu or Marathi.  We just don’t want any language to be compared to each other. We just want to be proud of Indian cinema.”

Karan Johar was also quick to deny that there was any competition between Bollywood and South cinema.

He added, “If you remember, many years ago I presented Bahubali (under the banner of Dharma films). In fact, I have that much faith in Indian cinema. How can there be competition within the same industry? We grow together. To compete would completely not serve the requirement of the entertainment industry. We have to be one collective unit. The best crossover that has happened was when the South cinema did well in North. It doesn’t matter if the film is screened at some festival abroad or if we win an Oscar.”


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