Tragically, these are not happening in the same movie. Kajol and Karan are still on the outs, and Kajol will not be playing mother to Sridevi’s daughter.
It’s been rumored for a while that Karan would be given the nod to launch Jhanvi. Because, as I have previously discussed, Karan is the optimal choice to launch your child. Safe, supportive, and very wise in building star images and promotion strategies.
And now Boney has come out and confirmed it:
Yes, Karan Johar has been talking to us about a film for Jahanvi and we’ve given our consent. But we don’t know which project it would be. Since Karan has recently acquired remake of rights of Sairat it is being presumed that our daughter would be launched in this project. – See more at: http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/confirmed-karan-johar-launch-boney-kapoors-daughter-jahnavi/#sthash.vAoM1L0X.dpuf
Isn’t that interesting? That Boney and Sridevi of course were the ones to talk to Karan and handle the negotiations before handing over their daughter’s future. But now that they have given the approval, they are hands off, and trusting Karan to do the right thing with her.
Also, Sairat! I hadn’t bothered to look it up before now, looks like it is a young cross-caste romance with slightly unusual gender roles (the girl is the stronger one). And it already was a bit of a crossover hit, outside of the usual Marathi film audience, so there is decent buzz around it. Not a bad choice for a launch movie! If it is the one Karan has picked out for Jhanvi (he still has Student of the Year 2 bouncing around, he could always switch her to that one instead).
While Jhanvi’s decisions are being made for her by her director and her parents, Kajol’s making decisions all on her own. Well, with her husband. But then, her husband is also her producer, so that’s sort of necessary. But then, she could always be in a film produced by someone else. Yeah, it’s not great. Actresses go straight from their parents to their mentors to their husbands.
Ignoring that for the moment, I am very excited about Kajol’s next role! It’s in a film by Anand Gandhi, the Ship of Theseus guy, based on a play he wrote. The play is about a single mother with a focus on the mother-son relationship. And Kajol will be playing the mother. Yay! Age appropriate strong character! It’s the dream! I wonder who will be playing her son?