A broken heart makes a better actor: Karan Johar


Mumbai: “Behind every good actor there is a broken heart, otherwise it is difficult to perform the way they do on screen,” filmmaker Karan Johar said.  Karan, who is all set for his forthcoming radio show "Calling Karan Season 2", was speaking about love and relationships at the launch of Ishq 104.8 FM on Monday.


"I think actors who haven't had broken hearts don't perform the way they should. I feel if you are a good actor you must have had a broken heart. It's not possible otherwise for you to depict a certain kind of emotion on celluloid," he said.

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, actor Neha Dhupia and TV personality Ranvijay Singha took part in the talk show.

The director said it is easy to identify someone who is trying hard to bring out emotions without actually having been through heartbreak.     "Sometimes your eyes do depict your heart story. Many of them whose eyes speak volume, they've been through that journey in life. You know when the actor hasn't been through this and is merely touching the surface. There's no feel, because feel comes from history," he added. 

To which Imtiaz quipped, "We also know that some actors are trying to go through that experience (heartbreak) to become better actors."      Karan replied, "Many a time they do that purposely. Traumatise themselves so that they perform better."

The director says there's nothing to worry about a broken heart as it can "empower you in so many ways."    "Sometimes when something breaks, it solidifies you to a larger extent. Jump into it, so what if you won't get reciprocated with the same amount of love, if the intensity doesn't match yours. But what you will go through, the feeling of love will nurture you in many ways."

The filmmaker is known for romantic hits like "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Kal Ho Na Ho" and "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" besides others.

When asked whether he gives references to callers of his films while addressing their issues on the show, he said: "No...no...what we show in movies is ridiculous. You cannot possibly ruin people's life by giving those kinds of situations.

"Those are meant for like PVRs (theatres) experience and when you give people legit advice, you have to get into the heart of the situation therefore, I take every call that has come on this show very seriously."

Karan Johar's Dharma Productions is about to release as many as eight films in the coming months.

 (With inputs from agencies)

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