Karan Johar, who is the presenter for Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox (starring Irrfan and Nawazzudin Siddiqui) is upset that he won’t be able to make it to the opening of the film in Canada. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 8. But, the filmmaker will be missing from the event owing to his other commitments. He is supposed to host an awards function in Durban, South Africa, around the same time, post which he has to return to Mumbai to shoot the grand finale of a dance reality show.
“Karan was excited about walking the red carpet with the rest of the team. But the dates have been planned in such a way that he is finding it impossible to make time for TIFF,” says an insider close to Karan, adding, “Although he tried hard to balance things out for all the events, it was difficult. It looks like he won’t be able to head to Toronto.”
When contacted, Karan confirms the news saying, “I am very upset about it, but nothing is in my hands because I can’t overlook prior commitments. I have to be in Durban before heading back for the finale shoot of the dance show. But I am always there with the team in spirit. And also, I will be part of the promotions throughout India.”
The Lunchbox hits theatres on September 20. The film bagged the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in May this year.