MUMBAI — Well, maybe they are not at war, but Kajol and Karan Johar no longer seem to be on friendly terms — they are among the best-known BFFs of filmdom. Trouble arose when Johar selected the same release date — Oct. 28 — for his “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” that Kajol’s husband Ajay Devgn had chosen for his ambitious “Shivaay” that he has produced and directed. At the moment, it is edge-“ADHM,” as the music by Pritam is said to be a whopper and it is a romantic feel-good film unlike the intense and dark but extravagant “Shivaay.”
Reportedly, Kajol did not wish Johar a happy birthday on his 44th birthday, and the filmmaker does not like to answer queries on the clash of release dates and his (present) relationship with Kajol, who has worked with him on “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,” “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…,” “My Name is Khan” and “We Are Family” (his production), besides cameos in “Kal Ho Naa Ho” and “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.” For the record, Johar and Shah Rukh Khan co-produced “Kaal,” which starred Devgn in the lead alongside John Abraham and Vivek Oberoi.
Devgn was quoted as saying that he understands a filmmaker wanting the best possible release date and the right to choose that.
“If I take it personally, it will upset me, but, if I look at it from a business point of view, it is fair enough,” he has said.
Kajol, in this respect, has been unlucky a second time. Her association with Yash Raj Films (Yash and Aditya Chopra) ended when Devgn was to release his co-production “Son of Sardaar” (2012) on Diwali, and YRF pitched Chopra senior’s swan song (as it turned out) “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” on the same day, besides grabbing more and better screens and shows. Kajol naturally sided with her husband, who even filed a case against YRF for unfair business tactics.
The result was that she was never seen at a YRF event celebrating Yash Chopra’s leading ladies (after the director’s death) and the actress who starred in “Yeh Dillagi,” “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” and “Fanaa” never worked with them again. Of course, Kajol never worked with senior Chopra (or even Aditya Chopra) as directors. But Devgn has never opened his account with the banner — as the only superstar who has never worked with them.
Similarly, other relationships may be affected in clashes to come. Salman Khan has never been a fan of Ashutosh Gowariker, who after three flops in a row, had offered Salman Khan a film, only to be rebuffed with sarcasm as someone who makes a different kind of critically appreciated cinema! Salman Khan has openly come out in support of “Mohenjo Daro”s' rival film “Rustom,” starring his friend Akshay Kumar. The Shah Rukh Khan-Hrithik Roshan ‘dosti’ may also come under a cloud when “Raees,” which was to clash with “Sultan,” is now clashing with “Kaabil.” Both are home productions, with the former having Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar as the main producers.