Will Smith meets Bollywood's big wigs

Karan Johar spent a good one hour with Smith. Smith was smitten by the colours and culture of Bollywood. Hollywood stars head for India

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 20:51 IST

After a visit to Agra with his son to see the Taj Mahal, Hollywood star Will Smith spent the next day catching up with top Bollywood filmmakers.

"Not with any other purpose but to acquaint himself with the biggest movie industry in the world," said a spokesperson about Smith's Wednesday schedule.

"There was no talk of any concrete movies. Just regular back and forth of views."

Smith, the star of hit movies like Men In Black, is in India to inaugurate a privateTVchannel.

Among the Bollywood faces on his agenda were directors Karan Johar, Ashutosh Gowariker, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Manmohan Shetty of Adlabs and UTV's Ronnie Screwvala.

But Gowariker missed his meeting with the Hollywood actor. "I had to rush to Delhi for an important archaeological appointment regarding my film Jodha-Akbar. I'd have loved to meet him. I believe he was keen to know about our film industry," Gowariker said.

But filmmaker Karan Johar spent a good one hour with Smith.

"It was a good, productive meeting. He is entertaining and well-informed. I was quite happy to see he was genuinely interested in our industry and in a give-and-take of ideas on cinema," said Johar.

Johar will be with Smith again Friday when they record an episode of Indian Idol.

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 15:53 IST