Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar who was recently in Delhi to attend the World Economic Forum said just like movies speed up after the interval, the Indian economy too will improve in the second half of the current fiscal year. Karan Johar expressed his optimistic feelings towards the growth of Indian Economy that have slowed down in the last two quarters.

The ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ director was quoted saying, “I feel strongly that the interval point in cinema is a great point. We all know that in second half of most cinema things speed up. That’s my feeling for Indian economy,” he said. “When it comes to India, I’m hoping for a glorious second half and a great innings ahead.”

Karan Johar even said about the obstacles that the movie industry in facing in the form of digital and television. He said, “When we talk about my industry, the movies, I feel extremely unfortunate when we say that we are not really on an upward swing at the moment. Cinema and cricket used to be two forces of entertainment on our land, and now, we (cinema) are fighting so many obstacles internally with other verticals, like digital and television are constantly growing and we are still surviving and combating reduced footfalls in cinemas.”

He added, “And the other thing that has emerged is the voice in cinema, which has grown stronger. It’s no longer just a purpose of entertainment. It’s no longer about frivolous song and dance. We have gone back to the grassroots and heartland stories to embody and modify the thought process of our nation. While I am positive about the content, I am hopeful for the increased economy of the movies. And when it comes to India, I am hoping for a glorious second half and a great innings ahead.”

Apart from Karan Johar, Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone were also a part of the event. On work front, Dharma Productions is producing Alia Bhatt’ s upcoming movie ‘Raazi’, alongside Vicky Kaushal. Raazi will be directed by Meghna Gulzar and is set to release on May 1, 2018.

First Published | 6 October 2017 2:20 PM
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