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KJo: Films more progressive

KJo: Films more progressive
Known for making larger than life family dramas for the big screen, filmmaker Karan Johar is now connecting with the masses on a new level through his appearances on the small screen. He however says this is just a phase and he can’t work for the medium full-time as he fails to understand the concept of TRPs and finds cinema far more progressive.

‘Indian television has its positives and negatives. It has a huge audience but I think it needs to come out of its current zone,’ said Johar.

‘Every time they try something new, it does not work and does not get TRPs [television rating points], because of which they go back to doing and showing strange things,’ he added.

‘Seeing all this, I think cinema is far more progressive because it gives you an opportunity to make all kinds of movies,’ he added.

The 40-year-old, head honcho of leading film banner Dharma Productions, started his tryst with TV as a celebrity chat show host Koffee With Karan,
which is now a hugely popular franchise.

He is currently judging the fifth season of celebrity dance reality show. And now, is gearing up for more — as judge on the new season of India’s Got Talent [IGT].

Asked if he would ever direct a fiction show for TV, he said: ‘Television is not for me behind the camera. I could be a judge, a host, but I am not sure if I could be a director over TV. I sometimes feel I will be living on MRIs the day I decide to switch over to TV alone. I am coming back with
Koffee With Karan
next June, but no fiction for me.’

Johar credits his knowledge about TV shows to his mother, who closely follows all popular shows on the medium. ‘I will be lying if I say that I am a TV addict, but my mother is obsessed with Indian television and is very happy to see me as a part of these shows. She is a huge fan of Ram and Priya [of Bade Achche Lagte Hain]. But I have never been into TV,’ he said.

He is looking forward to his next directorial Student Of The Year.


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