Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is bankrolling Good Newwz, heaped praise on lead actor Akshay Kumar at the film’s trailer launch in Mumbai on Monday. The filmmaker lauded Akshay for always supporting first-time directors.
“Akshay Kumar is one superstar who has continuously worked with new directors,” Karan remarked.
He added, “I love Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s films. I always wanted to make such movies but Dharma has never made a film like that. When I went to Akshay’s house, I went with a big film because he is a mega movie star. Akshay’s uniqueness is that he searches for content. He never looks for scale, opulence or director. He is one superstar who has always supported first-time directors and that’s rare for a movie star. This is his 23rd film with a debut director. He is the only movie star who has worked with so many debut directors. He never asks who the director is. Often, stars ask who the director is and what is his or her capability but Akshay looks for the vibe.”
Revealing what good news means to him, the filmmaker said, “My definition of good news is when actors take less fees for working with me. This is something Akshay has never given me.”
The Dharma Productions head honcho also spilled the beans on the double W in the title.
“Earlier, I had this superstition with alphabet ‘K’. Then I met Raj Mehta who is paranoid about everything. He and Azim, who is the music coordinator for the film, told me they would want to call it “A Good News, but I told them that this was grammatically incorrect. They then suggested that we should go for double W and replace S with Z. Even though I find it ridiculous, I felt we should do this because I don’t want them to blame me later,” Karan Johar revealed.
During the trailer launch, Karan did not shy away from tackling the topic of pay parity in Bollywood.
He said at Dharma Productions, everyone is credited for the work they do.
“We at Dharma have always maintained that everyone, including men and women, gets paid solidly for their art, craft and abilities. All of us here are for both commerce and art. None of us is here for only one. When it comes to female-led films, we have always made sure that there has never been a disparity at our end. There is now a profit share given. There is sometimes producer credit given to women where they have dominated or led the films,” the 47-year-old said.
Apart from Akshay and Diljit, Good Newwz also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kiara Advani. The film will release on December 27 this year.