Karan Johar: “Art should not have boundaries”

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With filmmakers constantly being jeopardised for making controversial or culture-sensitive films, it’s becoming difficult for them to make thought-provoking and interesting films. During a panel interview, Karan Johar expressed how art should be free from restrictions.

“Art should not have boundaries but then culture and patriotism is thrown at the artists,” Pinkvilla reports the film maker stating, during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

During the discussion of answering how culture-wars can be avoided, he went on to say, “You cannot enforce culture or imbibe it. There are immense economic and social problems, but sometimes the main papers and politicians don’t talk about them because they are focused on a film. It’s empowering to the film industry, but it’s ridiculous.”

It wasn’t long ago when there were many talks on the tolerance and intolerance of India. So when this topic arose, Johar explained, “There is a risk that tolerating intolerance in others can be misconstrued as validation.”

On this discussion panel, Johar was joined by Arlie Russell Hochschild, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister for Culture and Democracy of Sweden and renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Having started on Monday, the event lasts for four days in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, where the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and business tycoon Mukesh Ambani, have already attended.

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