Panaji: Filmmaker Karan Johar graced the opening ceremony of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, sharing insights into the evolution of cinema, storyline, characters, and politics over time.
In a nostalgic reflection, Johar, with a career spanning 25 years, expressed his satisfaction with the cinematic journey from ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ to his recent directorial venture, ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani.’ He emphasized the evolution of characters, storyline, and the exploration of themes such as family dynamics, love, and gender equality. Johar expressed gratitude for the love received by the film, which hit theaters on July 28, 2023, and surpassed the Rs 150 crore mark at the Indian box office.
The film revolves around the love story between Rocky Randhawa (Ranveer) and Rani Chatterjee (Alia Bhatt), navigating differences and family objections. Notable veterans Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi, and Jaya Bachchan also featured in Johar’s directorial, contributing to its success.
Celebrating the film’s triumph, Johar took to Instagram to pen an emotional note, expressing gratitude to the creative forces behind the scenes. He acknowledged writers Shashank Khaitan and Sumit Roy, costume designer Manish Malhotra, musician Pritam, editor Nitin Baid, and others who played pivotal roles in bringing the project to life.
As IFFI welcomed luminaries from the film industry, the guest list included Vijay Sethupathi, Sara Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi, Sunny Deol, Shantanu Moitra, Shreya Ghoshal, and Sukhwinder Singh, among others.
In conclusion, Karan Johar’s presence at IFFI not only celebrated the success of ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ but also provided a platform for reflection on the ever-evolving landscape of Indian cinema.