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Why is Karan Johar upset?

Updated: May 24

Karan Johar is very upset. The film maker has seven films and a web film under production or on the verge of release and rumours in the market about the state of one of his most ambitious film production Brahmastra being delayed and actors taking pay cuts doing the rounds has gotten the filmmaker to react. Karan who has been rather content sharing pictures of his kids during the lockdown – using the Instagram to chat up with fellow folk from the film industry like Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt or even having a discourse with spiritual leaders – was upset when rumours spread like wildfire about his production Brahmastra having over 40 days of shoot left and the filmmaker and his team going back to the drawing board and asking his actors and team to take pay cuts. Sources inform us that, “There was a buzz that Ranbir and Alia too had a lot of shooting left in the film while in reality is that there is just a week’s schedule left for shooting the film after which the film will entirely go on to the post production stages. It is but obvious that Karan will be upset because all the parties connected to the film get stressed out.” There have been other rumours as well on entertainment websites which have claimed that Karan is actually negotiating with an OTT platform to release his ready project Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl starring Janvhi Kapoor to an OTT platform rather than waiting for the theatres to reopen and release them. Incidentally the Multiplex Association of India which has been taking note of rumours about several films including Laxmmi Bomb, Gunjan Saxena, Sooryavanshi, ’83, Roohi Afzana and Mimi among several other films streaming online first – has requested the film industry to hold its horses and not panic as it would destroy the film industry if the big films did not release first in the theatres. “MAI would like to urge all studio partners, producers, artists and content creators to support the cinema exhibition sector, a vital part of the value chain, by holding and releasing their films in the theatres, once they open again. To this end, we urge all studios, producers, artists and other content creators, to kindly respect the exclusive theatrical window, which has been a time-tested industry practice, agreed to by all stakeholders, not just in India, but even globally, for several decades,” a statement from the Multiplex Association of India read. Karan Johar in the meanwhile put out a statement asking the media also not to speculate about his films. “My hugest request to my media friends not to reach any assumptions on our fraternity films... these are challenging times for the business and false news only makes the situation worse! Please wait for official news on any account! This is a humble request... (sic)” Karan Johar tweeted. Hopefully this will put a lot of rumours to rest!

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