Karan Johar shared his view on competition, as the cast of his new film Student OF The Year looked on, at a press conference in Bangalore

Karan Johar is all set for the release of his next directorial venture ‘Student of the Year’. The film marks the debut of Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan and the fresh faces are all geared up for the big release on October 19. Karan introduced the cast of his new film “Student Of The Year”, “I feel like a father who has brought his three children out,” he jokes and the crowd tittered politely.

The plot of the film revolves around three high school students and how their equation changes when they compete for the title ‘Student of the Year’. “I was more nervous than them,” he says at a press conference in the city, “Till date I have only worked with stars and veteran stars at that. Believing that the three of them were already stars and knew exactly what they were doing was integral to presenting them,” says the director.

Although Karan held auditions for the role of Aisha, he says that Alia Bhatt, who is also director Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter was his instinctive choice, “She was not cast because of the background she comes from,” he clarified. “She had a spark about her but she had to lose the puppy fat.”

Varun Dhawan is director David Dhawan’s son, who along with Siddarth Malhotra were assisting Karan on My Name Is Khan. “For two years I saw them pout and preen and pose on set, and I have always been driven by my instinct and I knew they were it.”

While being Bollywood the film’s main priority is entertainment, it is not offensive in any way, “In fact, it is a commentary against the sense of competition which can destroy relationships. I am no saint and have my agenda but there is nothing that would upset parents or the society.”

In conclusion Karan shared his mantra for success, he says, “There is a fine line between ambition and competition and if you focus on what you want to do, walk your path and ride your wave there is no way victory cannot be yours.”