Karan Johar has pulled off a casting coup for his next, Takht - the period drama features Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Anil Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor.
While the stellar cast has already made the project one of the most awaited films, the filmmaker says roping in all the stars was easier said than done. "It was a big challenge, and it took me a while to finalize the cast because of the kind of characters that we have. But I am happy with the final cast."
In his two-decade-long career, Johar has established himself firmly as the master of romantic dramas. Reportedly based on Aurangzeb and his elder brother Dara Shikoh, Takht sees him tackling a genre that he has not explored before.
Talking about the comparisons being made about his story with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's work Karan said; "Sanjay's canvases are amazing, and I am a fan of his work. But I am not making a film that can compare to Sanjay's work or anyone else's, for that matter. My film is true to the historical events that transpired."
Having given Bollywood some of its most loved films, Johar says his directorial debut — Kuch Kuch Hota Hai — holds a special place in his heart for obvious reasons. As the Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer complete two decades, he reflects,
"Whatever I am today is because of that film. I completed 20 years in the industry, and I feel like a senior today. I remember every moment spent on that film. I remember Alia [Bhatt] telling me that she was six when the film released and she had the same haircut like Kajol. When Janhvi [Kapoor] recently told me she hasn't seen the film, I made her watch it."
Before he takes his magnum opus on floors, Johar is set to return as a judge on the fifth season of India's Got Talent. "The show has become a part of my life. I love it as it gives people a platform to showcase their talent. Trust me, almost seven out of ten contestants who perform on the show, go on to make a name for themselves."