“How does one create love in this day and age when everything is like fast food? Conversation is such a large part of a relationship today. Looks and silence is no longer the order of the day. In films like Chaudhvin Ka Chand and Kagaz Ke Phool, there is indestructible love, there is unrequited beauty in that romance but that is all gone. It has been replaced by pragmatism and practicality.”

This was what ace director Karan Johar had to say when asked how the idea of romance on screen has changed in the last few years. He was speaking to Anupama Chopra on Perfect Strokes, reports The Quint.


“You can no longer be old world about your romance it will not be identifiable, the younger generation will feel disconnected. The four-letter word lust is replacing the four-letter word love. When you portray lust that goes into love, it seems to be a lot more identifiable,” he added, according to the news website.

Johar also went on to state that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which focused on the overarching theme of unrequited love, will always be his favourite. “I have been in love when I haven’t received it back. Conversations that I had in my personal space were replicated and put out there on-screen,” he said.