Karan Johar says a scandal in his family inspired Rocky and Rani love story Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani stars Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh. It also featured Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan.
Karan Johar’s last directorial venture Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani was a critical as well as commercial success. In a new conversation with ace designer Prabal Gurung, Karan Johar revealed the seeds of the story that eventually evolved into the film, which was based on a real-life incident. Karan also said that he is ‘obsessed’ with the idea of infidelity. (Also Read: Rocky and Rani’s love story ‘probably subconsciously’ inspired by Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna: Karan Johar)
What did karan say
When Karan was asked what was the idea behind Rocky and Rani. Karan said, “I remember an incident happened in my family, where one of my family members had dementia and he went back to his old love. The only thing is that he was a married man and he kept taking the name of the woman who was also his family member… It was a scam and then the truth came out that he was actually having an affair. The only thing was that he was talking about a relationship at the age of 80 and the woman with whom he was having an affair was 84 years old at that time. And his wife is 79 years old. There was drama happening in and around this situation… and I remember that instead of feeling horrible for what was happening between these three people at an average age of 82… I was saying that Wow!”
Karan talks about infidelity
Karan Johar says a scandal in his family inspired Rocky and Rani love story further added, “For me, I am so obsessed with infidelity. I made a film on it and I remember someone saying to me, ‘Why are you supporting infidelity?’ And I believe, ‘You can’t support something that’s already sold!’ Emotionally speaking, I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of infidelity and how it can be a reality. It just is. Love has no age.” The film he is referring to here is ‘Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna’, which starred Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Amitabh Bachchan.
In Rocky and Rani’s love story, Kanwal (Dharmendra), who is suffering from dementia, keeps repeating Jamini’s name. Then it was revealed that this name was that of another woman, whom he had met many years ago during a poetry seminar and had fallen in love with. When this truth comes to light, Kanwal’s wife, played by Jaya Bachchan, becomes infamous. The character of Jamini is played by Shabana Azmi. Both Kanwal and Jamini are reunited due to the efforts of their grandchildren, played by Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt.