In a cinematic move that has sparked both excitement and curiosity, Karan Johar has gracefully addressed a fan’s intriguing query about casting Jaya Bachchan as a ‘nasty character’ in his latest cinematic venture, ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani‘. During a candid session with Indian Express, Karan candidly engaged with his audience, shedding light on the unconventional decision.
Breaking his seven-year hiatus from film direction, Karan Johar’s return was marked by the star-studded film starring Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Shabana Azmi, Dharmendra, and the versatile Jaya Bachchan. One astute fan confessed their admiration for the film, yet expressed a lingering grudge against the director for casting Jaya in a seemingly opposing role.
Karan’s response was nothing short of insightful. “Sir, it was actually to cast against type. She has such a wonderful image on and off the screen. She is a mother figure to me,” he explained. His motive was clear – to create a delightful deviation from Jaya’s iconic goody-goody persona. “So, when I wanted to cast against type, I thought it would be a great role for her to go against what she has done. She is like a goody-goody. That was her personality on celluloid. So, sometimes it is nice to shake things up.”
Jaya Bachchan’s enigmatic character portrayal in ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ signals a profound shift in her on-screen journey. Traditionally cast as the epitome of virtue, this film marks her foray into the enigmatic realm of grey characters. With unapologetic flashes of negative emotions, Jaya Bachchan brilliantly showcases her versatility and depth as an actress.
At the heart of the cinematic marvel lies ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’, where Jaya essays the role of Dharmendra’s wife. Alongside her, the electrifying pairing of Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt adds a dynamic layer to the storyline. With a formidable supporting cast featuring Shabana Azmi, Tota Roy Choudhary, Churni Ganguly, and Aamir Bashir, the film achieves a harmonious blend of talent.
The film’s creative tapestry was masterfully woven by the collaborative efforts of Shashank Khaitan, Sumit Roy, and Ishita Moitra, who co-wrote the screenplay and dialogue. This collaboration resulted in a narrative that transcends conventional boundaries, captivating audiences across the globe.
As the curtain closed on its first three weeks, ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ shattered box office records, earning a staggering ₹300 crore worldwide, with the Indian box office collections accounting for ₹140 crore. Karan Johar’s bold endeavor to challenge norms, paired with Jaya Bachchan’s magnetic portrayal, stands as a testament to the ever-evolving landscape of Indian cinema.