Karan Johar Recalls Signing Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Within 24 Hours
Karan Johar admits the cast to his hit Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was in place within 24 hours.
With only a single film on his notch, Karan Johar had ventured out to create the ever-ambitious Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. The filmmaker brought together a stellar cast featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor. However, it didn’t take Karan more than 24 hours to bring everyone on board.
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on Indian Idol, he can be seen telling the audience about a particular day. He does so in a mix of Hindi and English; “I first went to Amit ji’s house, respect wise, Jaya aunty was there as well. She didn’t know why I was visiting Amit uncle. I narrated the script, he said, ‘Of course, I’m doing this.’ I then walked out of the house, outside the gate, I called Jaya aunty, informing her that I wanted to meet her. She said, ‘Arre, but you were just here.’ I said, ‘I came to meet Amit ji. But now, I want to officially meet you.’ I went back in and offered the film!”
Next up on his agenda was meeting Shah Rukh Khan, “As soon as I said (about the film), he said, ‘You don’t even have to narrate it to me, I’m doing the film.’ We have that brother-like bond,” he said.
Karan also said that before he approached Kajol, he was informed that she might not be able to work on the film since she has just gotten married. He just wanted to give it a shot, but was prepared with a meeting with an unnamed backup option on his mind, and visited Kajol and she asked him to narrate the script.
“Two minutes after I narrated the script and her character, she broke down. She said, ‘I cannot make anybody else do this film and I will delay my decisions of life but I will do this film,'” he said, adding that the two had a moment where they shared a hug and cried.
He then visited Hrithik Roshan, a childhood friend of his, who was still awaiting the release of his debut film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, and offered him the film.
He finally visited Kareena Kapoor at her residence, close to 10 pm, and offered her the film, who accepted the iconic role of Poo.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum was released in 2001. It broke records that year and continues to remain beloved by the audience.