Star-kids I launch should go beyond their name: Karan Johar

11 Jun 2018 | By Anjana Raghav

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

Karan is launching Sridevi's daughter Janhvi Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor's half-brother, Ishaan Khattar, with "Dhadak", an adaptation of Marathi blockbuster "Sairat".

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

In context: Karan wants star-kids to go beyond their names

11 Jun 2018Star-kids I launch should go beyond their name: Karan Johar

Nepotism warPeople are in Bollywood because of hard work, says KJo

Alluding to nepotism debate started by Kangana Ranaut, who called him "the flag-bearer of nepotism", Johar said, "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 because of their hard work. It's not easy to face the camera," he added.

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Sairat's story is so relatable, says Khaitan

Best homageSairat's story is so relatable, says Khaitan

Khaitan said when he saw "Sairat'" he kept watching it on loop and was blown away. When it came to adaptation though, he was "extremely nervous".

"It was a story to be told across the country. It's so relatable. I want to make the story my own and to pay the best homage to 'Sairat'. I'm really proud of these two (Ishaan-Janhvi)," he said.

Music compositionMusic was composed by Ajay-Atul, who were behind Sairat's soundtrack

Shashank Khaitan said he is extremely excited to show the film to "Sairat" director Nagraj Manjule.

The film's music has been composed by Ajay-Atul; the duo was also behind the original soundtrack of "Sairat".

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

"Dhadak" will release on July 20.