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With ‘Kalank’, Karan Johar continues his insane obsession with love triangles
In Bollywood, we have seen several films based on the same thoughts and themes. Sometimes, the storytelling sets them apart and other times, it’s the way they have been conceptualized. And then, we have filmmakers who love exploring the same theme again and again.
In his career spanning more than two decades, multi-talented filmmaker Karan Johar has directed only eight films (two of which are a segment of anthologies). Karan’s films are always high on emotions and you will never find a villain per se in his movies. It’s always halaat (situations) that end up bringing a turning point or climax in his films.
Now, a love triangle is a concept which KJo simply cannot get enough of. And perhaps, that’s the reason why four out of his eight directorials depict a story involving a love triangle. In ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, it was Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) falling for Tina (Rani Mukerji) . After her death, he realizes that he was always in love with his best friend Anjali (Kajol) .
In ‘Student of The Year’, we saw Shanaya (Alia) romantically involved with two best friends – Rohan (Varun) and Abhimanyu (Sidharth). KJo’s segment ‘Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh’ in ‘Bombay Talkies‘ revolved around Avinash (Saqib Saleem), Gayatri (Rani) and Dev (Randeep). Gayatri is married to Dev, but he is a closeted gay who develops a thing for Avinash. So here we have it again – a love triangle.
The epic case was ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, where not three but four…no.. wait a minute..five people were entangled in an equation where no two of them actually loved each other. That’s amazing, isn’t it? So much complexity in a single film that the audience must have scratched their head twice before actually understanding the gist of the story.
What’s more amusing is that several of the films produced under his production banner Dharma are nothing but love-triangles. His productions like ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’, ‘Dostana’, ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’, ‘Kapoor and Sons’, ‘Student Of The Year 2′ and how can we forget his upcoming film ‘Kalank’. So when Karan is not directing a love triangle, he is actually busy producing one.
Let’s talk about his upcoming production the epic love saga ‘Kalank’. From the teaser and songs of this Abhishek Varman directorial, we can easily gauge that Roop (Alia) is in love with Zafar (Varun) but gets married to Dev (Aditya Roy Kapur) against her wishes. So once again, Karan is offering the audience what he loves the most. God knows when he will offer something that the audience wants to see.
See, it’s understandable that when you are good at something, you should continue doing it. But love triangles were a hit in the 90s and for how long one can keep exploring the same theme again and again? Karan, it is high time that you let go of this obsession. Explore new avenues, Mr. Johar. There are so many stories waiting to be told.
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