India's most notable filmmaker, Karan Johar, was honoured today, 20th June, at the British Parliament for his invaluable contribution to the global entertainment industry, celebrating his 25th anniversary in Indian cinema this year.
The private event was hosted by Baroness Verma of Leicester with additional members of Parliament in attendance including Lord Desai, Baroness Uddin and Rt Hon Tanmanjeet Singh Desi MP as well as British Asian trailblazers, influencers and community leaders.
Johar has a special relationship with the United Kingdom having filmed many of his productions such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil across the country. In 2012, he was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for Visit Britain for a special campaign to attract and invite people to visit and explore the country.
His blockbuster movies Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and My Name Is Khan became the highest grossing Indian films at the UK Box Office upon their respective theatrical releases, setting new records.
He currently heads Dharma Productions, one of India's top film production studios, behind films such as Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, Sooryavanshi, Baahubhali, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.
The teaser of his next - Rocky aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani was dropped today and has been hailed by netizens already. Presented by Viacom18 Studios and Dharma Productions and produced by Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta, the film is slated to release in cinemas on 28th July, 2023.