Karan Johar reveals a legal team looks at all Dharma scripts beforehand: ‘We don’t want the stress of fighting court cases’

The filmmaker-producer also called Bollywood a soft target for controversies
Karan Johar
Karan Johar

Karan Johar recently revealed in a conversation with journalist Faye D’Souza that all of his films at Dharma Productions goes through a legal censorship overlooked by the legal department. He said that doing so was necessary to avoid being at the centre of controversies later.  

The filmmaker-producer said that there is a fear of getting into the legal side of things. “We have a legal department now in every organisation. We don’t want court cases, we don’t want FIRs filed against us, so that we are protected.”

He said that every script made at Dharma Productions or their digital wing, Dharmatic Entertainment, has to go through the eyes of the legal team. "It’s not that we are afraid, we just don’t want the stress and pressure of fighting court cases and putting your energy in something that you can do very well without,” he added.

Karan also reflected on Bollywood being made a soft target for creating controversies. He said, “I really believe that the people who object sometimes are not really the ones who should be objecting. They are the people who want to make noise for all the wrong reasons.”

He added, “Sometimes I feel it is just for the sake of making hue and cry because Bollywood or Indian cinema is a soft target. Like there are so many people saying and doing different things but we say anything and we are assorted and you are all over the place. We will be attacked online. We are soft targets that is the truth. We are a soft power who’s a soft target. It is the irony of life.”

Karan’s last film as a director was the Ranveer Singh-Alia Bhatt starrer Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani. His next film as a producer is the Vicky Kaushal-Tripti Dimri starrer Bad Newz which is set to be released on July 19.

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