Filmmaker Karan Johar was in attendance at the Red Sea Film Festival 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 2. He was also felicitated with the Variety International Vanguard Director Award. At the event, the filmmaker spoke about Hollywood and why his heart lies in India.Karan Johar not interested in making Hollywood movies: “My heart is in my country and my cinema is in my heart”
Speaking to Variety, Karan said, “That misconception has pushed us many years behind. Yes, we make song and dance movies and we are proud of them, but there are stories made in so many languages and from so many parts of India that are beautiful and should be viewed by audiences. Thank God streaming services are bringing it to the world.”
“The world needs to wake up to Indian stories and storytelling,” Karan added. The filmmaker revealed why he won’t make Hollywood movies and said, “It took a couple of trips to Los Angeles to realize that it is all wonderful and you have a lot of meetings, but my heart is in my country and my cinema is in my heart. I don’t want to leave that. I don’t want to make films without the language that’s raised me.”
After winning the International Vanguard Director Award, he said, “Holding this award today is an achievement. I don’t need to make an English film to [win] it. It would be amazing to walk the Academy Awards red carpet, but I would like for it to be with a Hindi-language film.”
On the work front, Karan Johar last directed Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles. The film also starred Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Churni Ganguly, Aamir Bashir, Khistee Jog and Anjali Anand.
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