Karan Johar hopes Commonwealth Games establish India’s name globally

New Delhi, Sep 10 (Calcutta Tube) Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar is mighty impressed by Delhi’s infrastructure and says he hopes the Commonwealth Games would be a success and help establish India’s name globally.

Karan, who was in the capital last week for the launch of premium lifestyle store The Collective, says he has been observing with interest the developments in the capital during his recent visits.

‘I haven’t really been to the shopping malls part of Delhi except for my past two visits… but of what I have seen… I can say that the scale of the city has immensely changed. I have always thought Delhi has a tremendous kind of infrastructure and it is growing from strength to strength. It is always good to visit it and experience the growth,’ Karan told IANS.

On the Oct 3-14 Games, he said: ‘It is an international platform and all eyeballs are on India for the CWG. I hope and pray that we treat it as an important step ahead globally and not take it back one step.’

The filmmaker, who is popular for hits like ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ and ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’, said he will not be in the country during the mega event.

‘Unfortunately I am travelling internationally around that time….part of the trip is professional and part of it is personal. So I won’t be able to come to Delhi,’ he said.

Johar, 38, said he will be teasing his brains once again for an idea for his next directorial. His last trip to New York in June only helped him clear his head, but ‘nothing new came on it’. But now he will start thinking afresh.

‘I am going to take time out and think about what should I make next. My New York trip helped me clear my head. But after clearing it, nothing new came on it. You cannot force creativity…it either seeps its way into your head or doesn’t.’

Meanwhile, he is amassing compliments galore for his latest production ‘We Are Family’, which is the official remake of Hollywood film ‘Stepmom’.

‘I have been hearing great things about ‘We Are Family’. It’s a family film after a while and of what I am hearing…it’s a true blue tear-jerker. Women and family are feeling the emotion of the film. It is very sensitively handled and the performances are definitely one of the USPs of the films. We are very happy as a production that we have finally put up an official remake of a Hollywood film,’ said Karan.

Next up from Karan’s stable Dharma Productions will be a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s 1991 hit ‘Agneepath’ and another film starring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor. But a Karan Johar directorial is what everyone’s waiting for ever since ‘My Name Is Khan’, which released earlier this year.

(Radhika Bhirani can be contacted at radhika.b@ians.in)

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