A quintessential Karan Johar movie

Ranveer Singh, who plays the lead role opposite Alia Bhatt, said that the film is a quintessential Karan Johar movie and has all the elements that made him popular

A quintessential Karan Johar movie

Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani is the ‘Karan Johar-est’ film of the director’s career, said Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh on Tuesday, stressing that the upcoming movie brings back the feel of ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...’ that marked his initial journey in filmmaking.

With ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’, Karan Johar returns to direction after 2016’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. It will be released on the 25th anniversary year of the filmmaker’s career that saw him deliver hits such as ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...’ and ‘My Name is Khan’.

Ranveer Singh, who plays the lead role opposite Alia Bhatt, said that the film is a quintessential Karan Johar movie and has all the elements that made him popular.

“This is Karan Johar’s ‘Karan Johar-est film’. This brings back the feel of ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...’. It was a very concerted and deliberate effort. Karan Johar is bringing back that type of cinema that we grew up watching on the big screen. It has been such a big part of our lives,” the 38-year-old actor told the reporters in New Delhi.

To a whole generation, Karan Johar’s ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...’ are nothing short of ‘cult classics’, Ranveer said.

“These movies form an integral part of our growing-up years. So, this film has all those qualities of ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...’ - the family, songs, happiness and joy,” he added.

Singh further said, “I believe this is a film that will make people really happy. They would have a smile on their face and a feeling of warmth in their hearts.”

The Bollywood actor was speaking at a press conference where he, along with Alia, unveiled the much-anticipated movie’s new song ‘Ve Kamleya’.

The upcoming film’s trailer, which was unveiled earlier this month, teased the story of a couple, who comes from contrasting backgrounds and cultures. The movie also features veteran actors Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi.

Alia, 30, said that ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ is a movie that celebrates the diverse culture of India.

“It is a very different film and space. I think the beauty of our country is that we are so rich in culture. You always get that feeling when you represent opposing cultures, like north India and Bengal here,” she said. Bhatt added, “That combination is fun to see because it is very rich in culture, colourful and there are so many dynamics that come into play.”

The atmosphere on the film’s set was light and funny, said Alia, who made her acting debut with Karan Johar’s 2012 directorial ‘Student of the Year’ and later worked in his production ventures, including ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’, ‘Kapoor and Sons’ and ‘Raazi’.

“Ranveer, Karan and I, we are very instinctive. We like to go with the flow and we like to be surprised. We don’t like to over-rehearse. We like to be in the moment and focus on that,” said Alia.

The ‘Raazi’ star added, “Of course, the blueprint of the script that we have in our minds doesn’t move. But we used to have a lot of fun and not take ourselves too seriously. We would work really hard and give our 100 percent every day. But the energy on the set was never serious, even when we shot serious scenes.”

Ranveer said that the family drama has a heavy dose of humour.

“In Karan’s own words, this is probably the most humorous film. There is a generous amount of humour throughout the film and because of that, the vibe and energy on set were great,” the ‘Gully Boy’ star said.

Ranveer added, “Karan himself is a born entertainer, always cracking jokes. So, it was zany and fun. I would wake up and look forward to going to the set every day. It was like a bunch of friends coming together and making a movie. It is important to have that energy on the set as it transferred to the film as well.”

The two actors, who previously co-starred in 2019’s ‘Gully Boy’, also recalled their most cherished moments from the film’s making.

For Ranveer Singh, sharing screen space with veteran actor Dharmendra was a dream come true moment.

“My first scene with Dharam ji was a face-to-face conversation. When someone said, ‘Roll camera’, that was when it hit me that ‘Oh my god, it is Dharmendra’. I had to collect myself very quickly and perform,” he shared.

He further said, “But it was a surreal moment for me to share the screen space with such a legend. I grew up watching him and it was like straight out of fantasy.”

Alia said that she would always observe the veterans’ acting process on the set.

“With Shabana ji, the special thing I noticed was that she would smile one moment and the next moment, she could cry in a scene as well. She wouldn’t require any preparation. Jaya ma’am would refuse to sit in between the shots,” she shared.

Alia added, “And Dharam ji would remember his scenes well. He would do his homework. Even the rest of the family and the whole ensemble cast was just so fantastic.”

Produced by ‘Dharma Productions’, ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani’ is scheduled to hit the theatres countrywide on July 28.

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