Takht, Kalank, Ranbhoomi – Is Karan Johar going the Sanjay Leela Bhansali way with his line-up of period drama films?

The success of Padmaavat at the box-office has inspired Bollywood to roll out more lavishly mounted period films. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the pioneer of this genre with blockbusters like Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018) in his kitty. In fact, his films like Black and Guzaarish also had the retro vibe to them. It seems like Karan Johar has taken a leaf out of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s book. He has lined up three big films, Kalank, Ranbhoomi and Takht in the period drama genre. While Kalank directed by Abhishek Varman is set in the 1940’s, Shashank Khaitan’s Ranbhoomi is a mega costume drama about a warrior. These two films made a lot of noise, but Karan Johar has created a huge dhamaka with Takht. (Also Read: Takht: Karan Johar announces his next directorial and the ensemble star cast will blow your mind away) Let us take a quick look at these three films…

This film also has a huge star cast of Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit. The film set in the 1940s is about two warring families. We are excited to see the Dhak Dhak girl back with her Khal Nayak co-star. It is an emotional drama set in the time of India’s Partition.

This is a costume drama film centered around the theme of revenge. Varun Dhawan will get into the avatar of a warrior for this epic film. The heroine is yet to be locked in.

It is the cast of Takht that is making people trip. We have Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ali Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. Does it get bigger than this? No. Ranbir Kapoor apparently declined the film while Varun chose Ranbhoomi. Takht is a story on the Mughal dynasty and focuses on the cruel and scheming Aurangzeb who would do anything to be the ultimate ruler. There is speculation that it is the tale of Aurangzeb and Dara Shukoh, his elder brother whom he got killed to ascend the throne. If Kareena Kapoor Khan plays his sister, it might be the role of Jahanara who was also killed in mysterious circumstances. (Also Read: Takht: Karan Johar announces his next directorial and the ensemble star cast will blow your mind away)

Takht is also a huge deviation for Karan, who has so far only helmed stories based on love, friendship and the all the emotions in between. We are sure even Takht will have a strong emotional quotient in it. Karan Johar narrating a story about power, greed and relationships. We have that the audience loves grand period films given the success of Baahubali and Padmaavat. It makes good business sense to cash in on the wave. We wonder what Sanjay Leela Bhansali will feel about KJo entering into his territory? The success of these films will determine if the genre of period drama has found a new king in Karan Johar. Doesn’t this make the title Takht seem more cryptic?





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