Karan Johar is just not a filmmaker but an intellectual. After leading the Indian film delegation at Berlin film festival and being a part of the panel discussion at the World Economic Forum at Davos, he is taking Indian Cinema to greater heights internationally. We have seen him on various other platforms too.
Apart from being a director, filmmaker, producer and a host, he is always seen at different international platforms discussing Indian movies. That Indian films are still considered a song-and-dance routine by the West troubles Karan Johar. The filmmaker feels such “misconceptions” about the country’s cinema hinder its growth internationally. Citing examples of films like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) and Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), and the recent release, Pad Man, the filmmaker says Indian films have much more to offer.
“This stereotypical view can change only when we go out and tell people that we have much more to offer in terms of storytelling and content than just actors dancing around trees. Indian cinema is a victim of misconceptions on the global platform. The way Aamir’s [Khan] films have been performing in China proves that we can make a mark globally. But only dialogue initiated by our filmmakers and actors can bring about this change,” says Johar.
The filmmaker was in Germany, heading an Indian delegation to Berlinale 2018. The team, also comprising film personalities such as Vani Tripathi, Bhumi Pednekar, Jahnu Barua and Shaji Karun, has been selected and sent to participate in the European Film Market by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry. Johar says such initiatives by the central government are commendable and will contribute in the growth of the entertainment industry.
(With input from agencies)