MUMBAI: Karan Johar is more out of India than in. Currently he’s in Toronto for IIFA.
Siddharth Malhotra is one of the directors at Karan’s Dharma Productions who waits to narrate his script. At the last count there were 11 directors at Dharma Productions waiting to narrate their scripts to Johar. These include Malhotra, Rensil d’Silva and Puneet Malhotra – all of whom are ready with their next scripts after their maiden film for Dharma.
However, Dharma’s boss has no time to hear their scripts.
If you are a director, it isn’t easy getting to meet Karan Johar to have a say. Not even if you are a director employed and affiliated to Dharma Productions.
There is a long queue of Dharma-employed directors waiting to narrate their scripts to the boss-man who tragically, is so much out of Mumbai that he gives his gallery of directors ulcers as they anxiously hold on to their ideas wondering if their next film is approved.
One such anxious hopeful is Siddharth Malhotra who directed the Kareena Kapoor-Kajol tearjerker We Are Family for Dharma. Siddharth is now ready with his next script – a full-on musical masala entertainer written by Yunus Sajewal who’s currently scripting the Hindi remake of the Tamil hit Singham.
Malhotra tells Businessofcinema.com, “There is a long queue of directors waiting with their narration and Karan is in and out of Mumbai most of the time. So we all have to wait.”
Karan admits there is a backlog of narration from directors at Dharma awaiting his attention. “It can’t be helped. This is one of the busiest years for Dharma and I’m so frequently out of the country that I don’t even bother to pack my suitcase any more,” Johar adds.