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'We shouldn't change under pressure'

Filmmaker Karan Johar says music and dance are part of Indian movies and this tradition does not require any change.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 17:54 IST

Indian film industry should continue to reflect the country's ethos and heritage and not change the style under pressure from foreign movies, filmmaker Karan Johar has said.

Participating in the panel on media at the Wharton India Economic forum here on Saturday, he said music and dance are part of the Indian movies which viewers enjoy and this tradition does not require any change.

"No doubt, the movies break into sudden sequence of song and dance without any reason but then that has been the part of the tradition and the audience look forward to it," he added.

He said corporatization of the film industry is not an easy task as the industry still considers itself an extended family and might not be amenable to corporate rules.

"How could I tell Amitabh Bachchan that uncle do not bring auntie Jaya with you because my corporate manager objects to her presence," he remarked amidst cheering from the audience.

Other members of the panel also agreed that bringing corporate culture is not an easy task though it might help in getting financing. "Still even if it comes, caution is needed that it does not interfere with the creativity of the artistes and does not dictate the choice of the cast," the panelists said.

Founder of Adlabs Films Manmohan Shetty said he had no quarrel with the foreign film industry participating in making movies in India but they should guarantee that Indian films are released in mainstream cinema.