13 May, 2021

Coup De KANK

'Hello and welcome, I am Karan Johar and this is the news at 9'

Sandeep Adhwaryu
Coup De KANK
Right now, it doesn't matter if you don't have an opinion on Israel's bombardment of Lebanon or whether you believe in Dr Manmohan Singh as prime minister. You have to know where you stand on Karan Johar's cotton-candy take on infidelity, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. The subject isn't new even in Hindi cinema: off the top of my head, I can name Guide, Silsila, Masoom, Yeh Nazdeekiyan, Arth, Griha Pravesh, Aastha, Ek Hi Bhool, even Paheli....

And yet, the media began to behave as if the film had actually investigated marriage as a serious text instead of a way of showing pretty people doing petty things against a backdrop of extreme privilege. For that is what Karan Johar's cinema is about but you'd think he was actually making something important and meaningful. So meaningful that NDTV literally couldn't stop talking about it.

But then, this is the way it is going to be from now on. Watch Barkha Dutt talking about remakes on We the People, when the remade Don (Shahrukh-Priyanka-Kareena) comes out. For you...

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