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Monday, July 16, 2007
The evergreen filmmaker Dev Anand has offered Karan Johar a key role in his next film, Charge Sheet, but an embarrassed Karan who prods his guests to be absolutely honest on his Koffee with Karan show especially in the rapidfire round cannot bring himself to tell the truth to Dev Saab.
Bas bol diya
Says Dev Anand, "I read a news report saying Karan wants to act. I have an emotional relationship with his family as we go back a long way. His dad (Yash Johar) was my production manager and extremely important for Navketan. I like Karan, he's an intelligent man, who has been a model, director, anchor and writer. I have been happy for his success and I consider him to be one of the family. So when I read that article I didn't think. I just picked up my phone and called his residence to speak to his mum (Hiroo)."
"I told Karan I have a film called, Charge Sheet, for him where I want him to play a key role. Karan told me that he was going to Dubai and would come back to me on that after his trip."
"I don't know whether he was telling the truth or lying but he never got back after that. I too didn't pursue the matter though I would have appreciated it if he directly said no. I made him an offer on the spur of the moment as it was a a terrific role and I thought he was genuinely keen to act."
Now, since it is no-go with KJo. Dev Saab is not waiting any longer. He says. "I am announcing Charge Sheet next week. Currently I am adding the final touches to the script after which the casting will come in. I wish Karan well. I miss nobody for my films. Maybe Karan doesn't want to act in my film." Charge Sheet is on police corruption and a suspense murder mystery thriller.
A terrible actor?
Karan Johar makes all the correct polite noises as he says, "I have the hugest regard and respect for Dev saab blah, blah blah... but I think and truly believe I will make a terrible actor on screen."
So why not just tell Dev saab that? "I can't bring myself to call and tell Dev saab as I feel I am too small and a nobody to refuse his offer. I have the highest regard for him and can't bring myself to say a no to him directly," says Karan. Ah, Karan the lie-o-meter is beeping, loud and clear.