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  • How do you stay relevant?
  • Do you consider yourself a filmmaker or a storyteller?
  • Do you think you have become a bolder filmmaker?
  • So why doesn’t the film industry, which is so strong and so well-connected, stand up for at least creative liberty?
  • What if you controlled your budget?
  • Do you want more respect from the new-age filmmakers?
  • Do you talk to people from all walks of life like Aditya Chopra does?
  • What do you have to say to people who say you keep making romantic dramas all the time?
  • Don’t you care that you’re going to be perceived as this filmmaker who keeps making ‘formula’ films?
  • You’ve spoken a lot about your desi influences. What are your favourite international films?
  • Do you think an Oscar is a necessary goal for Indian cinema?
  • Do you worry that people might get bored with your work?
  • Which would you choose? A hit, or a non-performing film that makes people call you a great filmmaker?
  • If you could make a film in a South Indian language, which language would it be and who’d be the star?
  • What is your biggest fear ?
  • what are your thoughts on having a family?
  • Why don’t we see your pictures at the theatre like we do of actors?
  • How is your relationship with Sanjay Leela Bhansali?
  • Can you talk about the 2.0 version of yourself?
  • A lot of filmmakers watch previews and tweet nice things, then bitch about it on private groups, what's your say?
  • Vicky, We are seeing you on the big screen after over a year. Are you becoming choosy with your work?
  • How are you tackling stardom?
  • Has the National Award placed any pressure on you, as an artiste?
  • Have you overcome your fear of ghosts and water after Bhoot Part One?
  • How was it working with Bhumi — you both debuted in 2015...
  • We will see you playing Aurangzeb in Takht as well. How are the preparations going on?
  • You will be sharing screen space with Ranveer Singh in Takht. How are you feeling?
  • How was it working with Shoojit Sircar for Sardar Udham Singh?
  • Are there any other films that you are working on?
  • How many checks does a writer have to go through before reaching you?
  • Actor-filmmaker Rajat Kapoor was in town, and he told us that he wrote a script long back with you in mind, but he rues that now you are busy.
  • Rumours are that you are seeing Katrina Kaif. Would you confirm?
  • You are one producer who never goes on his set. Why?
  • Why did it take up to 2015 for this explosion of south indian film Bahubali to happen,even though we’ve had South Indian film working in the North even before Bahubali?
  • Many Hollywood and Bollywood studios found it difficult to establish a presence in South India. Why do you think this is so?
  • Together the two Bahubali films have done more business than most of your films put together. What are the lessons from this?
  • You have always been criticized for making movies for the elite class and the NRI. Does it bother you anymore?
  • You make these big budget movies, have you been tempted to make small film because you make that much and you make so much more money?
  • What would bother you more, if someone said something bad about your film or you?
  • You’ve completed over 20 years in Hindi cinema. Your father lost a lot of money in films, especially at a time when you were coming of age. Despite the obvious red flags, what was it about cinema that you were able to reject the cynicism and start what was going to be a perilous journey?
  • How conscious have you been about being an awkward kid?
  • You are close to all the major stars. How do you deal with a breakup between two of your friends?
  • If you are close to two people and are aware of one’s infidelity, does that throw you in a moral dilemma?
  • You had a major fallout with one of your closest friends, Kajol. Has the relationship been fixed or the cracks remain?
  • Have there been friendships you’ve lost?
  • In your head, are you still that fat boy from school?
  • How has the industry just moved on from very serious incidents to clicking selfies with the Prime Minister?
  • It feels like appeasement. Do you get a sense that the ruling party expects Bollywood to cater to a certain ideological line?
  • Don’t you see an issue with art’s proximity with politics?
  • What have been the learning from the Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul episode? Going forward, are you going to be more conscious about how you deal with such scenarios?
  • How you’ve crafted this perception that an actor gets legitimized as a star if they have Dharma’s stamp of approval or an actor gets noticed by the industry if you spotlight them?
  • Where does the need of you to be nurturing figure come from? Does it come from a place of wanting to keep power?
  • How do you deal with the accusations of being elitist, working largely with stars or those who come from a family with pedigree?
  • Has there been any self-reflection?
  • Why do you give some actors a considerable amount of push despite their failings?
  • How’s your equation with Kangana Ranaut? Can you work with someone you’ve had a heavily publicised ideological conflict with?
  • Do you think you would change anything about your past films?
  • Were these the emotions you went through with the person you were in love with and who inspired the film Ae dil hai mushkil?
  • Did you hear back from the person who inspired the movie- Ae Dil hai mushkil?
  • Can you guilt-trip someone for not loving you back?
  • Have your children Ruhi and Yash filled the void of a life partner?
  • Do you think you have been unfortunate in love?
  • How do you react to people calling your films superficial and lacking a soul ?
  • Do you fear becoming irrelevant?
  • Do you seek validation, a reinforcement, a confirmation that others share worldview?
  • How have you processed the #MeToo movement?
  • Have you ever been compelled to be silenced after knowing about something that has happened?
  • What was your first reaction to the Padma Shri?
  • Was that an emotional moment for your mother? Tell us about that feeling?
  • Did you feel your father’s presence that day?
  • In a career replete with awards, did you ever feel that this one was overdue?
  • In a career replete with awards, did you ever feel that this one was overdue?
  • What is it like, as a producer, to nurture talented young directors like Anurag Singh (Kesari) and Raj Mehta (Good Newwz)?
  • What was your first reaction to the Padma Shri?
  • Has Karan Johar cut the payment of the actors of the upcoming movie ' Brahmastra '?
  • Do you believe Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor’s character) matured through Ae Dil Hai Mushkil? c
  • Conversely male actors are routinely cast as the boyfriend or husband of female stars 20-30 years their junior, the age difference usually isn’t even an angle in the story and the older male actor usually plays a character much younger than his real life age. Why?
  • Would you concede that the Hindi industry is highly sexist?
  • Does Ae Dil Hai Mushkil suffer from a Tamasha and Rockstar hangover?
  • How was your experience like, acting for Anurag Kashyap in Bombay Velvet and will you be doing it again?
  • If you had to replace favourite couple SRK-Kajol in your movies, who would the likely duo be?
  • You have made nepotism the most Googled word in India. What's your say?
  • If you could go back in time and be a part of one Hindi film from any decade, which one would it be?
  • What was your first reaction when you were told to play a villain in Bombay velvet?
  • When will you direct Deepika? Could you please cast Sidharth and Deepika in a film together?
  • What’s the one thing that makes Kareena different from all other actresses?
  • Would you like to be Aditya Chopra in your next life and live an invisible life as opposed to your current one?
  • Name a book of which you’d love to make a movie version.
  • Who is your celebrity crush?
  • If you've got a cracking script, what do you need that for?
  • Give us a bit of an idea, Karan, what your work day involve?
  • You are a mentor to actors and directors. How is it different?
  • Do you have a temper?
  • What you say about youth and sexuality? Do you think that alternative lifestyles are now more acceptable in India now?
  • What do you prefer Presenting or directing?
  • What you want Paparazzi or privacy?
  • Top five ideal dinner-party guests? Dead or Alive
  • What does your mother call you?
  • Ae Dil… is a wall-to-wall homage to older films and music. Did it bother you that these references might go over the heads of this younger generation you talk about?
  • Is Karan Johar no longer a fan of happy endings?
  • Why your characters, too, have turned darker. Shah Rukh in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna is whiny and self-pitying. Ranbir Kapoor in Ae Dil… is a self-absorbed man-child?
  • For someone so invested in love and romance, even if in an increasingly philosophical and cynical way, does it bother you that you don’t have someone to share your life with?
  • What happens when someone you launch becomes successful and over time feels you have nothing new to teach him?
  • Do you have friends in the industry? Is it at all possible?
  • When you are so open about your personal life, do you wonder if some day an interviewer is going to ask you the names of the two people who broke your heart?
  • Have you thought about the fact that your films can be read through a lens of sexuality?
  • Would the criticisms go away if you set your films in a Lunchbox kind of milieu? Because some people do find it hard to care about “First World problems.”
  • What do you make of the criticism that you have borrowed the bit about a man needing to feel pain in order to make great music from Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar?
  • Where is this Bodhi-tree wisdom coming from, this Zen-ness?
  • Why do we see you more on TV than on the big screen, despite that scene-stealing performance in Bombay Velvet?
  • What keeps Karan Johar relevant?
  • Do you know when someone is really being nice and when someone is saying they loved your film to get into your good books?
  • Are we in a hyper-national zone where people won’t come out and watch, say, the new Aamir Khan movie because of the controversy around his remarks some time ago?

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