Kalank’s failure is something the filmmaker has been deeply affected by.
Confessing that the failure was heartbreaking, he said, “The person responsible for Kalank is me and no one else, I was the leader of that team. I think I got carried away with the film, and when Abhishek Verman had the idea of a palette that he wanted to give it and a certain vision, I was so sucked into that world that I lost complete objectivity. I gave everybody unnecessary wings to fly.
That film had commendable talent with Abhishek Verman, Alia, Varun, Sonakshi, Aditya, Sanju and Madhuri. I could have just helmed the film better.”
“This film is something I think I can never recover from. There was a lot of beauty in the story, in Abhishek’s screenplay but I think I got so carried away that I kept asking him to go bigger, go wider. With all the grandeur, color and opulence, we lost the nuance of the narrative.”Karan Johar on Kalank’s failure
The filmmaker also spoke about his upcoming directorial Takht, starring Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Jahnvi Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar and Anil Kapoor.
“I have always been intrigued by history and the Mughal era. Somen Mishra, who heads our project development, he told me that Sumit Roy, who is the screenplay writer of Takht now, has a story about a character that I should look at. He gave me the story and when I started researching on it more, I thought that this is the Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham of the Mughal era. So, it is a family drama. If Takht works, it will be a writer’s victory,” said Karan Johar.