‘Takht’ based on true historical event: Karan Johar

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, who is gearing up for his upcoming directorial venture, a multi-starrer period drama “Takht”, says its story is based on a true historical account. He vouches that it will be treated with dignity in the film.

Sharing an insight into the story, Karan told the media here: “The film is based on a true historical event that transpired… It is embedded in history and that is why it is important to tell the way it was.”

Considering what happened to “Padmaavat”, which also had a historical reference, isn’t it a risky genre to explore?

Karan said: “It is not my interpretation of history but what happened then. The story is based on the Mughal empire and what people know… Every writer and director has their interpretation of history, but in this case, we are not creating anything. It is based on the historical facts and we are doing it with a lot of dignity.”

The film features an interesting cast including Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor.

Asked if it was tough for him to choose actors for the project, he said: “Partially yes, but eventually I am happy with the cast that I have. I think this is one film that I am directing where I took some time to reach the cast.”

Karan is also one director-producer who gives his writers due importance and prominent credit.

Talking about it, he said: “Filmmaking is a writer’s medium. It is not a director’s medium. It is not an actor’s medium… In our industry, directors and actors are taking the limelight, but writers are the heartbeat of a film. So they should be given the importance. And there is no point of giving credit in the closet door… One should give them credit out there.”

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