At ‘The Big Talk’ segment of MAMI Movie Mela in Mumbai, Karan Johar was in a candid conversation with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt about being stars and the life that follows. When talking about being jealous of their contemporaries, Ranbir asked Karan about his equation with Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Answering Kapoor, Johar stated that he is jealous of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ability to create a visually-appealing cinematic experience for the audiences through his film. He also added that Bhansali is “at the top of his game” and that he is eagerly waiting for his magnum opus Padmavati to release.
Karan Johar said, “I am jealous. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one of the most visually amazing filmmakers and he is at the top of his game. The way he paints a visual, it is amazing and no one else can do it. I am envious. He is brilliant and I aspire to be there. It motivates me to see his work. When I see Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh on the posters of ‘Padmavati’, I am dying to see the film. I want to see the film. We all should keep pushing ourselves to better ourselves.”
Talking about the work of contemporaries, Ranbir said he once used to be a jealous competitor, who would want to do every good part his peer was doing.
“You see something on the screen and you feel bad. You feel I wish I could do it. You feel bad but you feel inspired as well. Earlier on, I was competitive and jealous. Then you reach a point where it is about your own survival. About how good you are and treating yourself as your own competition and trying to be better. So, these things happen in different phases. Like now when I see Varun Dhawan in ‘Judwaa 2’. I am so happy for his success and that so early on he has created such a big audience for himself,” said Ranbir.
Alia Bhatt, who was looking vibrant, was talking about how while growing up she did not like losing, but over a period of time, she has learnt to like and be inspired by her contemporaries’ body of work. Alia then added that she too liked Deepika’s look in the ‘Padmavati’ poster, and that she is her favourite star.