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Sharmeen hosts Karan Johar at WEF forum

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 19, 2017 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Posted: Jan 19, 2017 | Last Updated: 5 years ago

DAVOS: Academy Award Winner and the Co-Chair at 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy had an exclusive one-on-one session with Bollywood director and producer Karan Johar, Head of Dharma Productions, India to discuss film, fame, society and the arts.

The event titled ‘A Conversation with Karan Johar and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’ on 18th January 2017 at Davos-Klosters, was a well-received incident and was live-streamed on different websites.

Responding a query by Sharmeen over Fawad Khan, the Indian filmmaker lauded Khan for his talent, saying, “I have a great regard for talent and for Fawad Khan’s talent. So just like you [Sharmeen], I hope and wish Fawad finds the best platforms because he is a prolific actor.”

Karan indirectly declined to take Fawad in his films henceforth, saying, “You know what I went through and it was a tough time for me. I don’t think would want to repeat that experience ever.”

Replying a questions from the audience concerning if he intends to make a film on partition of sub-continent, Karan was prompt in his blurting ‘No’, saying, “I think telling stories about today would make more sense than revisiting what has happened.”

He asserted, “I would love to work on projects that show collaboration. A boundary doesn’t make you an enemy. Our children live in more peaceful times.”

Elaborating the ‘mistake’ point, the filmmaker continued, “I would never say anything in history is a mistake. We weren’t there at the time nor were we making the decisions. We don’t know if we even have accurate facts.”

When the same question was hurled at him again from the audience, he asserted, “I will never make a film on Partition; I’ll make love stories, all the problems you go through in romance and dysfunctionality of relationships.”

He justified his stance saying, “Telling stories about today about hope and aspiration will be better than narrating what has already transpired.”

Sharmeen, on the occasion, was of the view the artists need to do what is true to their hearts.

Replying a question by Karan about the criticism Sharmeen was subjected back at home, she said she was either loved or hated by people back home, adding that she preferred that to indifference.

It should be mentioned here that Sharmeen is the first documentary filmmaker to co-chair the WEF forum. –SAMAA

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