Recently, filmmaker Karan Johar decided not to release his production Drive in the theatres. The film, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez, will be released directly on Netflix.
The film has been ready for more than a year.There is another film which has been hanging fire for close to a decade now, a film through which Johar had ventured into animation. The film is Koochie Koochie Hota Hai, an animated version of his own directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998).Going by what Johar said at the recent Jagran Film Festival in Mumbai, it appears that Koochie Koochie Hota Hai will never get an audience.”We actually tried to animate Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and made something called Koochie Koochie Hota Hai and that was… (pauses) we didn’t get it released. There were a series of films in the same zone that hadn’t worked,” Johar said while answering a question on animation films.Interestingly, both Drive and Koochie Koochie Hota Hai were directed by Tarun Mansukhani and both will not get a theatrical release, though the former will at least be seen online. Mansukhani was an assistant director on Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
A buzz around the film will have to be created so that there is scope for this animated version, and only then, Karan and Tarun will go ahead with the film.”“Also, the dubbing of the film is yet to be completed. The pending animation work will take around three days of work,” he added.Does the film have buyers? “Well, that’s not a problem. The buyer is in place. But Karan may not reveal that name so early,” explained the source.While Karan remained unavailable for comment, Tarun simply said, “We are working on the animation and the post-production.”
Later they said that they would release it in 2011. The latest is that the film will not see the light of day for the next twelve months at least.”Explaining the inordinate delay, our source revealed, “Karan and Tarun started going slow on the film after the Saif-Kareena Yash Raj animation film Roadside Romeo bit the dust. The market for animation films in India has still not picked up, it’s good only on the mythological front.
The animation for Koochie Koochie Hota Hai was done by Prana Studios. It was during post-production that Johar felt there was no use putting money into it. “We felt that the post-[production] of the film was very expensive,” he said. “We would have been putting more funds into that film and not translating it into anything. So we held back. I am not sure. That’s not a zone I comprehend or understand. That’s why what I did I should not have done.”Koochie Koochie Hota Hai had voice-overs by members of the cast of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai like Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji and Anupam Kher. There were additional voice-overs by actors Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Uday Chopra and Sajid Khan. Dutt voiced the character of Aman which was played by Salman Khan in the original
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