Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is readying his new multistarrer production Good Newwz for a Christmas release, said he feels really happy when an actor agrees to work for his banner at a lower price. He added that Akshay Kumar, the hero of Good Newwz, has not given him any good news so far on that front.
"Good news to me is when an actor agrees to do my film at a low price, but that's a good news Akshay hasn't given me so far," Johar said with a laugh, while interacting with the media at the trailer launch of the film along with the lead cast, comprising Akshay, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh, besides director Raj Mehta on Monday. He added, "I feel if I hear some good news, then there is also a bad news around the corner -- unless the good news is about something like the birth of a child. I still remember when I got the information of my two babies, I felt really happy. I feel, after hearing every good news you hear some bad news, and I guess there is some kind of 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' situation that takes place in our lives. So, I don't hold on to that news with a lot of joy ever. Rather, I am a bit of a cynic that way."
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Asked how he makes sure that equal rights are given to men and women in his production company, which is headed by him, he said, "We at Dharma Productions have always maintained the ethos of making sure that everyone including men, women, artists, and technicians get paid solidly for their craft, art, ability, work and worth. All of us are here from the blend of commerce and art. It is something I endorse strongly. When it comes to female-led films, we always make sure that there never is a disparity from our end. We have given profit share to female actors. In near future, you will see producer's credit given in a female-led film. Where they (actresses) dominate and lead the film, they must have a humongous part of the pie. You will hear announcements in the future where women-lead films produced by Dharma Productions will have strong producer's credit and profit shares (for heroines). There is and there will not be any disparity in my company."
Good Newwz is scheduled to release on December 27, 2019.
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