Veteran Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, who is known to be behind many ever green movies including Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Khushi Kabhie Gham, believes digital medium is a boon as well as a bane for artiste and cinema lovers. However, the best part about this is that it pushes the writers to develop better content.
The filmmaker is conflicted as to how the newest medium affects the cinema as it also poses danger to the concept of watching films in theatres. “Let’s look at the positive side. Today we have many more verticals of entertainment. Digital is the new addition and it provides platform to writers, story tellers, actors. On the flip side, it does pose a threat to the footfalls to the cinema and that is where we have to up our game. That is the challenge and that will only improve our content,” Karan said.
Karan recently announced the launch of his new digital division called Dharmatic. Talking about the same, he said, “We will be content providers to OTT platforms. We are storytellers.”
Revealing whether he’s planning on making his debut as a web-series director, the Simmba producer said, “There are some thoughts and we are working on it.”
In terms of storytelling, Karan believes that with time, cinema has undergone change. “We have seen anti-establishment, love take over in the 90s. Today, we are in the age of high concept films like Uri: The Surgical Strike, Raazi, Badhaai Ho or big event films like Simmba.”
“One of these two is the future of Indian cinema and that is the way we can combat the forces of the digital medium that are coming towards us,” Karan adds.
On the work front, Johar’s Dharma Productions has quite a few projects lined up for the year including Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha starrer Kalank, Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Akshay Kumar starrer Good News, Tiger Shroff, Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria starrer Student of the Year 2.