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Monday, May 3, 2010

Koffee with Karan

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(photo by Michael Dequina)

This afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing one of my favorite writer/producer/directors in Bollywood and the film world as a whole, Karan Johar. For those unfamiliar with his work, he's responsible for some of the best and biggest international successes from the Indian film industry the last decade plus, from his delightful 1998 behind-the-camera debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Something Is Happening); the poignant 2001 blockbuster Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (Sometimes Happiness Sometimes Sorrow...); and my personal favorite of the films from his Dharma Productions banner, 2003's excellent Kal Ho Naa Ho (Tomorrow May Never Come), which he wrote and produced and was directed by Nikhil Advani. Our fairly wide-ranging conversation, which went beyond talk of his latest film, My Name Is Khan, a revised version of which opens in the States this Friday, to subjects such as Bollywood/Hollywood "crossover" and his soon-to-return talk show Koffee with Karan, will be posted this weekend.

One topic I did have to bring up is a most unusual project set to hit screens by year's end, Koochie Koochie Hota Hai, an animated remake of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. It's an intriguing idea, curiosity about which is only further stoked by the film's first trailer, as one sees certain shots and scenes of Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, and Rani Mukerji being duplicated with animated dogs. Posted below are that trailer as well as those for the original film; it makes for an intriguing comparison and study.

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