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Sooraj Barjatya on Karan Johar bringing ‘NRI culture’, Southern films rooted in Indian culture, says ‘it’s a phase’


Sooraj Barjatya says ‘It’s a phase’ while commenting on Southern films rooted in Indian culture, adds ‘Indians will be Indians (Photo Credit – Show Still; Instagram)

Filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya – who is known for films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and more, is ready with a new offering, Uunchai. While promoting the film – starring Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani and Anupam Kher, the director talked about filmmakers Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra.

Not just them, Soorah has also been candid about the different phases of the Bollywood film industry and South Indian films being more rooted in Indian culture. Read on to find out everything he said.

In a recent chat with ETimes, filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya explained that films made in South India are more “rooted in Indian culture“. The ‘Hum Saath – Saath Hain’ creator said, “It’s a phase, but I think people want to see Indian stories. Indians will be Indians at the end of the day. And I’m very happy that Indian stories are being told.

Talking about the other phases he has seen in the Bollywood film industry, Sooraj Barjatya said, “I clearly remember that when I did Maine Pyaar Kiya, there was a phase of love stories. With Hum Aapke Hain Koun, the whole family culture came into play. Then Adi and Karan (filmmakers Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar) introduced the NRI phase. What I think is that the public also travels everywhere. People can afford to travel. I feel like people also want to show their roots to their kids. So now the movies have also come back to Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra etc…”

For the uninitiated, Aditya Chopra showed NRI life to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) and Karan Johar to Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna among many others. Many of their films, based on and aimed at NRI audiences, became major box office hits.

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