Director Karan Johar is gearing up to direct a period film for the first time, titled Takht. However, this film will see KJo’s return to the depiction of strong family values and emotions, similar to the style of his earlier movies such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, which revolved around love, family and friendship. The director, who has completed 21 years in Bollywood, will be making his new dynamic family drama with an ensemble star cast, including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Janhvi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Boney Kapoor.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Karan Johar revealed, "It’s a period saga and a spectacle, and will have all the trappings of the genre. But at heart, it’s a family film which strongly revolves around the emotions of one family….. Actually, it is. It’s my return to making a strong, emotional and dynamic family film."
I am so excited and honoured to announce the lead cast of #TAKHT@RanveerOfficial #KareenaKapoorKhan @aliaa08 @vickykaushal09 @psbhumi #JanhviKapoor @AnilKapoor #HirooYashJohar @apoorvamehta18@sumit_roy_ @hussainhaidry pic.twitter.com/ifgb8RC7uV— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 9, 2018
In an earlier interaction with Film Companion, KJo had said, "It’s like the K3G [Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham] of the Mughal era. But it’s more extreme, there is more betrayal. It has the tropes of court politics. It’s so rich in texture."
HUGE & HISTORICAL! #KaranJohar announces his next directorial A MULTI-STARRER MAGNUM OPUS.#TAKHT *ing #RanveerSingh #KareenaKapoorKhan #AnilKapoor #AliaBhatt #JanhviKapoor. @karanjohar @apoorvamehta18 @DharmaMovies @RanveerOfficial @AnilKapoor @aliaa08 @vickykaushal09 @psbhumi pic.twitter.com/UFK24RYriJ— Atul Mohan (@atulmohanhere) August 9, 2018
Karan's recent period film, Kalank, was made on a big budget but failed to do well at the box office.
.@karanjohar reclaims the director's seat with a spectacular cast for #Takht - @RanveerOfficial, #KareenaKapoorKhan, @aliaa08, @vickykaushal09, @psbhumi, #JanhviKapoor & @AnilKapoor.#HirooYashJohar @apoorvamehta18 @sumit_roy_ @hussainhaidry pic.twitter.com/BWQqdkLZ6M— Dharma Productions (@DharmaMovies) August 9, 2018
The multi-starrer film -- which is said to be a modern take on the cult classic Mugal-e-Azam -- will be released in 2020 and has an unusual mix of talent. Karan said that each actor fits the part perfectly but has never played a similar role before. KJo, who has directed eight films during his career, also shared that he is still a child at heart; a fan of Indian cinema exhibiting the same level of excitement. He said that even now, with the release of each new movie on a Friday, he experiences the same feelings of anxiety, nervousness and stress.