One of Bollywood’s biggest directors, Karan Johar, have been gearing up for his upcoming flick, Takht, which is a multi-starrer period drama. He has now revealed that it is based on true historical accounts and has promised that it will be treated with dignity. Talking about the story, KJo told media, "The film is based on a true historical event that transpired... It is embedded in history and that is why it is important to tell the way it was."
"It is not my interpretation of history but what happened then. The story is based on the Mughal empire and what people know... Every writer and director has their interpretation of history, but in this case, we are not creating anything. It is based on the historical facts and we are doing it with a lot of dignity."
The film is to feature an ensemble cast including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pednekar, Vicky Kaushal, Janhvi Kapoor, and Anil Kapoor. When asked if it was tough for him to pick actors for the cast, he said, "Partially yes, but eventually I am happy with the cast that I have. I think this is one film that I am directing where I took some time to reach the cast." Karan has also been appreciated for being a director-producer who makes sure to give his writers the importance and prominent credit required. "Filmmaking is a writer's medium. It is not a director's medium. It is not an actor's medium... In our industry, directors and actors are taking the limelight, but writers are the heartbeat of a film. So they should be given the importance. And there is no point of giving credit in the closet door... One should give them credit out there."
When asked if he is worried about being compared to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is known to make films that specialize in this genre whereas Takht will be Karan’s first venture which features a period film, he said, "Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. And eventually, you have to go out of your comfort zone to create something special. I think Mr. Bhansali has achieved some of the most beautiful pieces of cinema, his work is of a beautiful canvas. I am an admirer of his work as a fraternity member. But my film cannot be compared to what I have done or anybody else has done," he said.
With a star-cast and a solid, and hopefully historically accurate, story, this movie is sure to smash the box office!
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