I canít bear an empty hour: Karan Johar
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I DON'T have a family, wife and kids to spend my time with, and I can't bear an empty hour," says Karan Johar, emphatically. At 40, he may be among the most successful producers as well as directors today, but Johar is in no mood to slow down.
Having turned his father Yash Johar's Dharma Productions into one of the top banners of India, Johar has been focussing on its expansion to back new talent. He has often turned both stylist and model for his friends. In 2004, Koffee with Karan marked his television debut as a celebrity chat show host with his filmstar friends lining up to spill the beans about their personal lives. The show will go into its fourth season in June next year, but currently, Johar is ready to play judge on Colors' reality show India's Got Talent (IGT) even as the latest season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa ó a dance reality show on the same channel where also, he is a judge ó is nearing conclusion. He admits that all this is sometimes a bit too much, but imperative nevertheless. "I will kill myself if I don't work," he says with a laugh.
Johar admits that the latest edition of IGT, which goes on air on September 22, has made him more aware of the real India and the talent of its people. "I am also enjoying it more than Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, where I wanted to tell some contestants that they just cannot dance. But I had to show restraint because they are, after all, celebrities," he explains.
While the auditions are over, the shooting of IGT will begin after the release of Johar's next film, Student of the Year, on October 19. The movie, about three high school students, tells the story of friendship and how competition can affect it. After My Name Is Khan, a film that used terrorism and bias against Muslims as the backdrop, the director's return to high school setting, is being questioned. But Johar explains that the film stems from his sense of nostalgia about his own younger days.
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