How to Ruin Sairat: The Karan Johar Edition

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How to Ruin Sairat: The Karan Johar Edition

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his year, Karan Johar, the guardian angel of Bandra star kids and buyer of regional film rights has now set his eyes on ruining… err remaking Nagraj Manjule’s Sairat. Clearly, the copy-paste disaster that was Ok Jaanu seems to have had zero effect on his life goal of appropriating every culture.

His latest edition of #MakeBollywoodMediocreAgain titled Dhadak will feature Sridevi’s elder daughter Janhvi Kapoor reprising the role of Archi, and Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother Ishaan Khattar essaying Parshya. The film, which he calls an adaptation of the Marathi Sairat, and not essentially a remake, will be helmed by Badrinath Ki Dulhania maker Shashank Khaitan, produced by Dharma Productions, and goes on floors from December 1.

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A tragic romantic story of a middle-class family, made at a paltry budget of ₹4 crore is definitely the kind of film that blends in seamlessly with Karan Johar’s sensibilities. It’s foolish of us to even be worried about the fate of the remake. Especially when a source close to the project has gone on record stating Johar’s intention of “relocating the plot to a more upmarket milieu, and make it more Romeo & Juliet, than play on caste”. The same source also revealed that Khaitan too wanted to do a “lighter take on the original”. If there was an award for gloriously missing the point, who better than Dharma Productions to be the recipient of it? In fact, they might as well call the remake “Ae Ishq Hai Mushkil” if it’s going to look like every other Dharma love story.

Sairat remake

His latest edition of #MakeBollywoodMediocreAgain titled Dhadak will feature Sridevi’s elder daughter Janhvi Kapoor reprising the role of Archi, and Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother Ishaan Khattar essaying Parshya.

Image credit: Zee Studios/ Dharma Productions

But, maybe we’re jumping to conclusions too early. What if Karan Johar proves all of us wrong, and actually dares to show “poverty” in this film for the first time? Who knows, maybe Janhvi’s Archi, and Ishaan’s Parshya’s in Sairat’s Hindi remake are so broke that they are forced to go through the entire film with just an Android phone, unable to upgrade to an iPhone X? To add more “tragic” value, Johar could ensure that the leads are made to shoot the entire film without any costume change, item songs, and definitely without any chiffon.

Maybe then Nagraj Manjule will be excited for the Karan Johar-ification of Sairat, instead of claiming that he has no expectations from it.

After all, it’s all about loving your Bollywood remakes.

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