Waxing Eloquently About Bollywood

Producer-director Karan Johar sees the Indian film industry growing from strength to strength thanks to the digital revolution

Madame Tussauds Singapore officially launched the Ultimate Film Star Experience (UFSE) recently and this launch was officiated by A-lister and iconic television personality, Karan Johar, who unveiled his first and only wax figure at this new zone. With Indian cinema culture surging in popularity, the Ultimate Film Star Experience is an exciting 2,500 sq ft interactive experience taking you into the glamorous world of the Indian film industry. “The new Ultimate Film Star Experience will captivate our audiences.,We have exclusive celebrity content coming your way throughout 2019, so stay tuned,” said Alex Ward, General Manager, Madame Tussauds Singapore.  

After the official launch, Karan Johar spoke exclusively to India Se Media. Here are some excerpts of the interview.

India Se: How do you feel about having your own wax figure here in Madame Tussauds Singapore?

Karan Johar: It’s beautiful, surreal and a feeling of pride. I think they’ve got it bang on. The expression, the lips, the eyes. The pout is very last season. 

India Se: With so many platforms available to the viewers today, how will cinema remain ahead of the curve? 

Karan Johar: I think it’s going to compliment it. It’s the digital revolution that we are going through and it will only benefit the writing which will in turn benefit cinema largely. I already see that there’s an upswing in our footfalls and that’s because there’s a new vigour in our writing which I always felt needed more empowering. Our writers have so much to write about and are given the right platform and respect in our industry finally. And everyone is more energised to do better work and so in turn it will benefit cinema in a large way. We have another stream of revenue coming in. We’ve got digital rights which never existed a few years ago. So we’ve got money coming in from digital, satellite, music and we have digital content that we have the choice to produce. So it’s a win-win situation. I think the entertainment industry worldwide, is going to go through a golden era and I’m so excited to be a part of it at this time. 

India Se: In this era, there are so many different genres of movies being released – from Total Dhamaal to movies like Gully Boy. Why do you think we see so many different types of movies these days? 

Karan Johar: We are a very interesting country, full of different cultures, habits, tastes, preferences and languages. So there is something for every palette. I think it’s wonderful that all kinds of films can work. When you have a buffet, why should you settle for an a la carte menu? 

India Se: When do we see you directing another big Bollywood film? 

I have just announced the film – Takht and we start shooting in September.