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Why Karan Johar had to apologise to Shabana Azmi for 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'

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WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 20, 2019, 03.09 PM (IST)

Filmmaker Karan Johar's debut film 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji may still be a fan favourite, but the director feels it's one of the most politically incorrect films he has made. 

The film completed 20 years recently and to commemorate the occasion, Johar was part of a special session at the recently concluded Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Also read: Karan Johar on 'drug party' controversy: I don’t react very well to these baseless accusations

While speaking about the film, which released in 1998, Johar said, "KKHH is the most politically incorrect film. I remember (actress) Shabana Azmi saw the film somewhere in the UK and she called me. She was aghast," he recalled, adding: "She told me, `what have you shown? That a girl has short hair, so she`s not attractive, and now her hair is long and she`s pretty? What do you have to say to this?` I said I`m sorry. She said, `what? that`s all you have to say?` I said yes because I know you`re right."

Johar though has come a long way since then and become one of the most prominent filmmakers of present times. As a producer, he has supported films such as 'Raazi' and '2 States' that highlight the strength of female characters.

"We get less credit for the kind of films we make now or produce. We are still tagged only as mainstream, which isn`t true," he said.

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Filmmaker Karan Johar's debut film 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji may still be a fan favourite, but the director feels it's one of the most politically incorrect films he has made.