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The star kids I launch should go beyond their name: Karan Johar

Filmmaker Karan Johar says that whenever he is launching a star kid, his idea is to make them go beyond their name and make their own identity.

Karan is launching Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi and actor Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother, Ishaan, with Dhadak which is an official remake of the Marathi blockbuster Sairat.

Karan was asked about the most important thing he keeps in mind while he is launching a new talent, especially star kids, Karan told, “That they go beyond their name and make an identity of their own. That’s our responsibility and even theirs.”

Indirectly speaking about ‘nepotism’, Johar said, “Nowadays, there is so much debate about name, but people forget that even behind a name there is passion and hard work. It’s not easy to face the camera, to come in front of the media. They are kids. And we put a label to them.”

“There is a word (nepotism), it has run for two years. I wouldn’t even name it because I will be promoting the same concept. I will just say that people are here not because of that name but because of their hard-work,” he added.

Dhadak is directed by Shashank Khaitan, who previously directed Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania.

“It was a story wanting to be told all across the country. It is so relatable. I want to make the story my own and to pay the best homage to Sairat. I’m really proud of Dhadak and these two kids,” the director said.

Karan was questioned if he was nervous about showing the film to Sairat director Nagraj Manjule, Shashank said, “I am extremely excited. I started out with remake of DDLJ, so I am not really scared.”

The film’s music has been composed by Ajay-Atul who were also behind the original soundtrack of Sairat.

Two songs from the original film ‘Zingaat’ and ‘Yaad Lagla’, have been kept in the adaptation while two new tracks have been added.

“To write it in Hindi and retain the interest for both the songs required a lot of hard work from my side because both the songs are national phenomenon,” lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya said.

Dhadak is scheduled to release on July 20.

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