Mumbai, Sep 20 :
Known for making larger than
life family dramas for the big screen, filmmaker Karan Johar
connecting with the masses on a new level through his appearances on the
small screen. He however says this is just a phase and he can't work
for the medium full-time as he fails to understand the concept of TRPs
and finds cinema "far more progressive".
"Indian television has
its positives and negatives. It has a huge audience and some shows are
very entertaining, but I think it needs to come out of its current
zone," Johar told IANS in an interview.
"Every time they try
something new, it does not work and does not get TRPs
points), because of which they go back to doing and showing strange
things," he added.
He compares the scenario with the Bollywood box office and feels content on the small screen is more driven by ratings.
TV industry lives around TRPs
, like the box office for cinema. Every
Wednesday morning is a wake-up call for TV people. One day it is Zee TV
on top, then it is Colors, and so on. I don't know how does all this
"Seeing all this, I think cinema is far more progressive
because it gives you an opportunity to make all kinds of movies," he
The 40-year-old, head honcho of leading film banner Dharma
Productions, started his tryst with TV as a celebrity chat show host
" Koffee With Karan
", which is now a hugely popular franchise.
is currently judging the fifth season of celebrity dance reality show
" Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
" with dancing diva Madhuri Dixit and choreographer
Remo D'Souza. And now, gearing up for more - as judge on the new season
of " India's Got Talent
Asked if he would ever direct a
fiction show for TV, he said: "Television is not for me behind the
camera. I could be a judge, a host, but I am not sure if I could be a
director over TV.
"I sometimes feel I will be living on MRIs the
day I decide to switch over to TV alone. They have so many things to
take care of. I am coming back with ' Koffee With Karan
' next June, but
no fiction for me."
Johar credits his knowledge about TV shows to his mother, who closely follows all popular shows on the medium.
will be lying if I say that I am a TV addict, but my mother is obsessed
with Indian television and is very happy to see me as a part of these
shows. She is a huge fan of Ram and Priya (of 'Bade Achche Lagte Hain').
But I have never been into TV," he said.
Talking about his stint
as a judge on "Jhalak..." and IGT, Johar says he would love to judge a
singing show, but thinks he lacks the expertise for that.
thing I would love to sit back and watch a singing show, but I really
think I would be the wrong person to judge a singing show. I can judge
singing on a very surface level, but I don't have the right expertise to
judge it," said the dashing filmmaker, who is looking forward to the
release of his next directorial "Student Of The Year".© IANS