Monday, September 11, 2006

Meeting Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachan and Karan Johar @ Toronto International Film Festival

With the onset of Toronto International Film Festival, I got the rare opportunity to sit in the audience of a panel discussion about Bollywood. Its one thing to see these stars perform at a Live Show and another to see them engaged in casual conversation about Bollywood and its impact to the South Asian communities and the whole film feternity. The discussion was titled as "The Making of a Bollywood Blockbuster" and was conducted around the festival premier of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.

To be honest, I was quite surprised to see Shahrukh Khan who looked very small and 'regular' without makeup and flashy costumes. Amitabh Bachan was dressed in his 'Sexy Sam' character with a fur coat, ripped jeans and shiny sneakers. Something tells me that he is going through some sort of post-mid-life crisis. However, among all the participants he actually had few deep and thoughtful things to say. The discussion was moderated by Suketu Mehta, Pulitzer Prize nominated author of "Maximum City." Suketu conducted the proceedings in quite a professional manner while Karan Johar seemed to be the most talkative person. He really loves to talk and really tells his stories in complete details.

Oh yeah, I even got to ask Amitabh Bahcan and Shahrukh an interesting question which to my surprise they answered very honestly. I simply inquired if they had any upcoming Hollywood projects and both of them simply said that they haven't received any offers. Shahrukh also added that "we are happy where we are and if Johnny Depp wants to come to Bollywood, he should get in touch with us:." I was actually quite surprised with their honest responses, since you see every 2-movie hit proclaiming that Hollywood directors are after them.

Here are some of the pictures I took while sitting right across from them:

13 Comments:

At 9/12/2006 12:02 AM,

Man I wont comment on Shahrukh and Karan Johar. But Amit ji has got real Karisma. He is really a humble man. I really admire him for what he is today. You must change your name to Abrar the Lucky guy who met Amit ji in person. 

Posted by Kumar Chetan

 

At 9/12/2006 9:04 AM,

I am not a great fan of Bollywood movies. But I watched a few for one reason only: Shahrukh. He is one of the actors I'm in love with. :D 

Posted by Alina Popescu

 

At 9/12/2006 11:08 AM,

yeah i caught this on television last night. i think it was showing on rogers tv real late night. i didn't know you were in toronto mate. 

Posted by Abbas Halai

 

At 10/08/2006 1:08 PM,

Abrar!
omg!!! u saw srk and amitabhhh..VERY COOL..! in case u didnt know..im the biggest bollywood queen ever...i loveeeeee the movies...lucky u!! :P 

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