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People think intelligent films aren’t my cup of ‘coffee’: Karan Johar

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Mumbai: Filmmaker Karan Johar during the announcement of The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) 17th Mumbai Film Festival in Mumbai, on June 10, 2015. (Photo: IANS)
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Mumbai: Filmmaker Karan Johar at upcoming film brother poster. (Photo: IANS)

Mumbai: Director Karan Johar, who has been one of the powerhouses of mainstream Hindi cinema, is disappointed with the lack of interest independent and intelligent filmmakers show in him.

“Anything that is cerebral or intelligent, they (people) think it’s not my cup of ‘coffee’,” he said. 

Addressing a gathering to announce the 17th Mumbai Film Festival earlier this week, the 43-year-old also said that he is “open to supporting all kinds of cinema”, but independent filmmakers rarely knock at his doors. 

“I’m open to supporting all kinds of cinema, but unfortunately some of them never come to me. They rather knock on Kiran Rao’s door for these kinds of films,” he said.

Karan’s Dharma Productions had backed the internationally acclaimed independent film “The Lunchbox”, which stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. 

The 2013 film went globetrotting and was lauded at several international film extravaganzas in Cannes, Zurich, London and Toronto. 

“Such rare endeavors are extremely few and far between,” he opined.

Karan had recently shared that he was a huge movie buff irrespective of the various genres involved in them. 

“It’s a lesser known fact that I’m a huge lover of cinema. I don’t have a life, I don’t have a relationship and I don’t have a spouse or children. I’m married to my company and I’m married to cinema,” he added.

Karan’s latest production venture “Shuddhi” will go on the floors after the release of “Brothers” in August.

(IANS)

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui dedicates His Award To Late Sridevi

Nawazuddin looked dapper as he collected his award from the evergreen actress Rekha

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui dedicates His Award To Late Sridevi
Nawazuddin Siddiqui dedicates His Award To Late Sridevi, Flickr

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has dedicated his Best Supporting Actor honour, which he won at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards here, to his “Mom” co-star Sridevi, who was posthumously awarded the Best Actor in a Leading Role Female title.

“It was once in a lifetime opportunity to work with the first female superstar Sridevi and I dedicate my award as a tribute to her,” Nawazuddin tweeted on Monday, a day after the IIFA Awards ceremony here.

In the movie, directed by Ravi Udyawar, Sridevi played a mother who sets out to avenge her step-daughter, essayed by Pakistani actress Sajal Ali. And Nawazuddin played a detective who helps her.

Nawazuddin looked dapper as he collected his award from the evergreen actress Rekha, whom he said “stole the show” with her performance at the event.

Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui strikes a pose during the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards 2013 in Mumbai, India on January 12, 2013.
Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui strikes a pose during the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards 2013 in Mumbai, India on January 12, 2013. Flickr

“Living legend Rekhaji you stole the show last night, it was an honour to get the award from you,” he added.

Sridevi’s husband-producer Boney Kapoor received the award for her work. He was emotional, and dedicated the honour to the team of “Mom”.

Also read: Sridevi Honored With Lewis Film Icon Award

The actress, whose sudden death in a Dubai hotel earlier this year, was also remembered in a tribute section at the gala, along with late actors Vinod Khanna and Shashi Kapoor. (IANS)

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