Renowned poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar, who is here to attend the 16th Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), said Friday that Indian cinema is one of the world’s most powerful goodwill ambassadors. Therefore, Indian cinema should be respected.
Responding to a question from IANS at the JLF’s sidelines presser on the current trend of ‘boycotting Bollywood’, Akhtar said: Indians love movies whether they are in the north, south, west or east of the country. We are a country of ‘Movie Bhakts’… Hearing stories and telling stories is in our DNA and this is a time-honored trend. Songs are always part of our stories… not invented by Hindi cinema. One should respect Hindi cinema. “
“Our films are released in 35-36 countries around the world. Indian cinema is one of the most powerful goodwill ambassadors in the world. Better recognized in the world than a star.If you go to Egypt or Germany and say to people, “I am Indian,” they immediately ask if they know Shah Rukh Khan. Our films spread goodwill around the world,” added Javed Akhtar.
Renowned writer and documentary filmmaker Nasreen Munni Kabir, sitting next to Javed Akhtar, recalled an incident during the opening of the film Veer Zara in Germany.
“It was a special screening. , we came for Shah Rukh Khan,” she said.
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