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From Germany, with love

By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Karan Johar was recently in Germany for the screening of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna at the Hamburg Film Festival, and the director is surprised to have been mobbed there.

Says Karan, "I had tears in my eyes seeing the genuine affection of the people there. I watched KANK with the audience and people came out crying after watching it. German women came and hugged me. It was amazing! I want to premiere my sixth film there.

There was an audience of nearly 2,000 people. And the way they were thumping, screaming and shouting! Such is the love and admiration they have for our cinema. I was also in Frankfurt for the Book Fair and I don't think Shah Rukh Khan can walk the streets of Frankfurt. Frantic crowds will mob him because he's a huge star in Germany."

Huge hits

What set the ball rolling for Karan in Germany was Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. He says, "The people there know all the songs, the stars and all their details.

The phenomena specifically started with our films when K3G opened at the mainstream market in Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, and even Vienna and Austria. All our films have been huge hits there."

Karan also attended the world's biggest book fair at Frankfurt, where this year's theme was India. He's now come back with loads of gifts for Shah Rukh and Kajol given to him by their German fans. "I've got about 100 parcels to give to SRK and Kajol. They love them so much!"

Judging Miss World

Karan was also one of the judges for this year's Miss World pageant in Poland recently.

Talking of the experience, Karan says, "It was wonderful to be on an international platform. I like meeting people across the globe. In Warsaw, where the contest was held, I saw how popular our films are there."

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