Bollywood star Karan Johar has been talking about the levels of superstardom in Bollywood, claiming that things are beginning to change quite rapidly. Karan says that, gone are the days of an Aamir Khan coming through, as the younger generation will change allegiance from their old favourites, to the new upcoming star.
Johar told Mumbai Mirror, "The stardom of Shah Rukh, Akshay, Ajay, Aamir, Salman, Hrithik and Saif is unattainable. But this kind of manic hero-worship is going to diminish. There are too many younger stars. And by virtue of the numbers, stardom will be divided among the younger lot. You will not have that kind of euphoria or reach that ecstatic level. The younger generation of fans does not have the kind of reverence the older lot had for their idols."
He added, "The young lot love and adore and move on quickly. They cheat on their idols quite a lot. Their loyalty does not have longevity. Much like in the West where there is a new teen icon every year. So you have a Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Will Smith at the end of their humongous stardom, now doing something else. Our country still loves the Khans and the Kumars and the Kapoors, but things are changing fast."
Karan Johar recently spoke about the history of Bollywood and what he thought was the biggest turning point for the industry. Karan claimed that, in his lifetime, the biggest turning point in Bollywood was in 2001, which saw the release of such movies as Lagaan.