“Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani” Sets A Love Story Benchmark: Karan Johar

Mumbai: Nothing can compare to the pairing of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol when it comes to romance but with time, there has to be an evolution, says filmmaker Karan Johar, who believes his latest directorial “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani” has set a “love story benchmark”.

Starring Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh as the lead pair, the movie has turned out to be a critical and commercial success with its global box office collection already crossing Rs 100 crore since its release last Friday.

At the film’s success press conference, the filmmaker was asked about chronicling love stories, right from Shah Rukh’s Rahul and Kajol’s Anjali from his 1998 debut “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” to the titular pair of his new film.

The filmmaker called Shah Rukh and Kajol “romance icons” who will remain unmatched in the way they represented love on the screen.

“Shah Rukh is love. He is a superstar, an emotion. The way he sings a love song or portrays a love scene… When he says ‘aur paas’, you want to go completely paas (close). When he says ‘kuch kuch hota hai, tum nahi samajhogi’, even we don’t know what he means but we still go with the flow because Shah Rukh Khan is Shah Rukh Khan and there will never be another Shah Rukh Khan. Similarly, there will never be another pairing like Shah Rukh and Kajol,” Johar told reporters.

But with time, there has to be an evolution, he said.

“And evolution has to bring the syntax of today. When we represent Rocky and Rani through the song ‘Tum Kya Mile’, we take a leaf out of the glorious book of SRK and Kajol and their love songs. But you have to change the tonality of love and romance to match our times today.

“And Rocky and Rani may be rooted and embedded in the heartbeat of the family but we brought something new. I don’t think we can compare the two. I do know that this is now a love story benchmark.” “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani” follows the love story of the titular couple, played by Ranveer and Alia, who belong to contrasting backgrounds and cultures.

Johar, who returns to direction after 2016’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, said his heart is full of all the love and critical acclaim coming his way, and it has made him feel like he has made his debut all over again. “I had been busy this last week only receiving love and it’s in abundance. I don’t think I had that feeling of joy in my career. There was a seven-year gap and I had forgotten what it was like to direct a film and receive feedback,” the 51-year-old filmmaker said.

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