India cinema is a victim of misconceptions on global stage: Karan Johar at Berlin Film Festival
Indian films still being labelled as a song-and-dance routine in the global circuit troubles Karan Johar a lot, and the director-producer feels such misconceptions about the country’s cinema hinder its growth internationally.
Citing examples of acclaimed movies such as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Padman and Bareilly Ki Barfi, the 45-year-old filmmaker says Indian films have much more to offer than the “cliched sequences”.
He says the entertainment industry needs to come together to promote its films as a platter which serves to everyone’s palate.
“I feel very sad when I still see people across the globe having this misconception about Indian cinema that it is all about song and dance. This stereotypical view about our films can only be changed when we as part of the entertainment industry go out and tell people that we have much more to offer in terms of storytelling and content than just actors dancing around trees.
“India cinema is a victim of misconceptions on global stage. The way Aamir’s (Khan) films have been performing in China proves that we can make a huge mark globally. But only dialogue initiated by our filmmakers and actors can bring about this change,” Karan told PTI in a telephonic interview from Berlin.
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