Filmmaker Karan Johar says the country might be exploring the digital platform but he wants to maintain a distance and venture into internet only when he feels he is ready for it. From short films to web series, the online medium has given artistes a huge platform to express their creativity.
The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director however, believes it is more of an excuse for people to present to the audience “bad scripts”, which they failed to make for the big screen.
“As a producer I wouldn’t enter the digital platform at the moment. I don’t think I would want to be an early bird. Whosoever is not making films is saying, ‘Let’s make a web series or a digital show’. So, all bad scripts are getting web series. I would say don’t make anything altogether but don’t do this that if a film is not possible then (you) choose internet,” Johar told reporters here.
“Digital is a very powerful platform. It is a growing kid and if that kid grows more, it can eat films up. There is a possibility… Let it establish first. Once it does, I will also join it. I am anyway an opportunist,” the filmmaker added.
The director-producer is, though, appreciative of the stars that internet has given rise to. Johar said that the amount of young, untapped talent, which is found on platforms like YouTube, is impressive.
“It is relevant to stay aware of what is happening around us and scout talent. We sometimes don’t realise that there is a cult following to talent online. And I get amazed to see such a volume of talent in our country. So, yes a lot of our talent has come from viral sensations,” he said.
KJo said that he came across such “online sensations”, when he along with composer Shekhar Ravijiani, singer Shalmali Kholgade and rapper Badshah, was searching for people with singing talent for their upcoming show Dil Hai Hindustani.
The Star Plus reality show features contestants from across the globe, who can sing Hindi songs.
“There are people in Ukraine, China who can sing our songs so well. I was amazed to see that. This show will bring on one stage such talented people. From solo to group performances, we will make sure we have entertaining performances. I will check for the X factor in the contestants,” Johar said.