Karan Johar’s films have often faced flak for using homosexuality as a comic troupe. Whether it was Rishi Kapoor in ‘Student of The Year’ crushing on sports coach Ronit Roy, or John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan pretending to be a gay couple – the filmmaker has been criticised for making the gay characters feel like a comic interlude. But Karan Johar promises this will not be the case with his upcoming film ‘Dostana 2’.
Karan Johar admits that the depiction of the community in his films was ‘caricaturish’, but today he wouldn’t do that definitely.
The evolution is from one Dostana to the other. Dostana one that released in 2008 and the Dostana 2 that’s releasing in 2020, you will see that the representation is accurate, non-caricaturish and on point, talking about sexuality in a way that will not make you cringe while watching it. So therein lies the fact that in the last 12 years, there has been a solid change in the way we depict gay characters. Even in Kapoor & Sons and the way it was depicted.
In Kapoor & Sons, Fawad Khan had played a gay character who Alia Bhatt was interested in. He had told his family he was seeing someone where he resided, but had not revealed the gender of his partner. Fawad Khan soon comes out to his family as the narrative progresses.
Taking a similar line of thought about the presence of item songs in his films, Karan Johar once again admitted that he wasn’t doing the right thing. “I didn’t think that there were going to be repercussions… Cinema is such an impressionable medium. I can’t take back those songs that I put out there in cinema that have objectified women but I can say for a fact that I will not do it again!”
Meanwhile, on the work front, Karan Johar is producing Dostana 2. He will also be directing multi-starrer period drama Takht, which he calls the ‘K3G of the Mughal Era’. It is slated to go on floors soon on February 2020.