Karan Johar witnessed the biggest failure after Kalank couldn't impress the audience. Kalank which was a highly anticipated movie and created a lot of buzzes could not bag good numbers at the box office too. The total budget of the movie stood between Rs. 150-180 crore. However, the movie could only earn 142.15 crores. Karan Johar spoke to DNA in an interview and took the entire blame of the film's failure onto him. Not just this, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt both stood by Karan Johar's side at the time of film's failure.
In his recent interview with DNA, when Karan Johar was probed about Kalank failure, the director took the entire blame on himself and also revealed how Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt reached out to him post the film's failure.
"I will never go through a phase of delusion where I will blame the audience. If a film fails, it is my fault, it is our fault. I am the older one and I have to be the wiser one. I shouldn't be making mistakes."
Let me say this. All of us are allowed to have interpretational errors in cinema. We may interpret a subject matter in such a way that may not go into your liking. Or your thinking. But when you make a colossal film, you cannot go wrong. That means there was something we didn't look at initially and closely."
"And I take that responsibility. I told the director, there is no one person to blame. And, if there is, then please hold me responsible. I should have been much more vigilant," said Karan.
Karan Johar also talks about Varun Bhatt's and Alia's reaction when the film failed at the box office. Karan Johar said, "Varun came to me and said, ‘Karan, let's make this up to the audience and to the studio which backed us. Let us, the same team get together and make it up to them by giving them a winner. Let us not get cowed down by this failure. Instead let us move on to something more positive.'
"I have humongous respect for Varun. Tell me, how many lead actors will do something like this? How many actors will walk into the room of the producer and not blame him or her for the failure?"
"Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur...all of them called me with only love and respect. They said, 'We stand by the film.' No one called with the feeling, 'Why did this happen to us?'
The star cast also said, 'No, this has happened. Now, let us make sure we will rise above this.' The spirit of the cast and crew is what gratified me. I am happy that the people I have surrounded myself with are strong, happy and positive. I have learnt from this whole experience," concluded Karan.
On the related note, Karan will direct his upcoming film, Takht. The film features Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pednekar, Vicky Kaushal, Janhvi and Anil Kapoor in the lead roles.