Monday, August 17, 2009
Karan Johar and prejudice
Karan Johar has reported that Shahrukh Khan was 'shattered' by his experience of being kept in a room for an hour and questioned by security at Newark airport. Khan doesn't feel like ever stepping on US soil again, and his best pal Johar is bound to empathise.
This creates a problem. Johar likes to locate his films outside India: New York City (Kal Ho Naa Ho), London (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham) and Miami (Dostana) have featured in past productions. After a few Indians were mugged in Oz, Johar protested by moving to the US a film shoot planned for Down Under. Now that Americans have proven themselves racists and Islamophobes with their vile treatment of Shahrukh, which was but a step removed from the gas chamber, Johar might want to take his trade elsewhere.
A return to England is a good idea. Of course, the speech and manners of that country are laughable, entirely deserving of the mockery (starting at 1.09 in the clip) dished out in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Luckily the Brits have been taught some Indian culture and made to sing our national anthem. It was different in the US. The Chinese restaurant owners in Kal Ho Naa Ho, for instance, didn't understand that the gratuitous insults they faced from the Indians across the street were only fair given that Chinese people look and talk so funny.