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Karan Johar's 'Kal Ho...' conquers Paris

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS

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His next film will again be on the great Indian family. But right now filmmaker Karan Johar is busy making "Kal Ho Na Ho" conquer international territory.

The film, directed by Nikhil Advani and produced by Johar, has just won the prestigious Prix Du Public award at the Valencienes Film Festival in France.

"They had earlier invited 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham'. This time 'Kal Ho Na Ho' was in the competitive section. It competed with well acclaimed films like the 'Afghani Osama' and the 'Australian Hypnotic'. It won the public award," Johar told IANS.

Johar isn't surprised by the attention "Kal Ho Na Ho" is getting outside India.

"Not really...I feel all of us need to go outside India and expose our films. When I directed my first film 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', I was too new to expose it internationally. But now I want to target my films worldwide.

"Of course, my primary audience is Indian. I make my films for every Indian from Mumbai to Mississippi. But if my films reach beyond, what's the problem? Full credit to my father(Yash Johar) for showing me the way to take 'Kal Ho No Ho' into so many tomorrows.

"Now my 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' (K3G) is being released in theatres in France. It was first noticed at the Cannes market - the Wall Street of cinema. Now I might take 'Kal Ho Na Ho' to the Cannes market.

"We from our film fraternity in Mumbai must learn to let our films be seen by as many potential buyers abroad as possible. When we make a film we must travel with it.

"In the meanwhile I'll be going to Paris in June for the premiere of K3G. Its international title is 'The Indian Family'.

"And now my next directorial venture will again be a very Indian film, this time with a historical background. It'll be ready in 2005-end. I'm right now scripting it and I'll start shooting at the end of the year."


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