They’ve created a kind of history together with Raazi, the Alia Bhatt starrer that everyone is talking about. Karan Johar and Meghna Gulzar may seem to be poles part in terms of cinematic sensibility, but that hasn’t stopped them from coming together to create a movie that has won over both, the critics and the masses. Alia Bhatt’s performance as an Indian spy who gets married into a Pakistani family to gather crucial information for her country has won a lot of applause and Meghna’s sensitive handling of the Indo-Pak issue, sans any jingoism or chest thumping has come in for praise too. Meghna’s assured director and Karan Johar’s Dharma productions’ (who co-produced the film) marketing techniques have proved to be great for the film as it continues its good run at the box office. However Karan’s collaboration with Meghna isn’t new. Sources say the Koffee with Karan host was always close to the Gulzar Saab’s daughter through Meghna’s mother Raakhee. Says a source close to the family, “Raakheeji was very close to Karan Johar’s father, the kind and generous Yash Johar. He was always there for her if she needed any help. Because of his warm regards for Raakheejii Yash Johar agreed to produce a film for Megha’s father Gulzar Saab to direct. But Gulzar Saab wanted to make Mirza Ghalib and Yash Johar saw no commercial potential in it. So they couldn’t work together. But look at destiny. Many decades later Yash Johar’s son and Gulzar Saab’s daughter have collaborated over a hit film.”
Raazi is inching towards the 100-crore mark, according to box office website, Boxofficeindia.com and is currently the third biggest hit of the year after Padmaavat and Baaghi 2. It recently crossed the earnings by the other big hit of 2018, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety.