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Karan Johar shifts the location of his untitled production from Australia to US, to condemn the racial attacks
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 26, 2009)

Arjun Rampal


Karan Johar has shifted the outdoor shooting schedule of his untitled production, which is the remake of Hollywood film Stepmom, from Australia to US. The shift in schedule is his mark of protest against the attacks on the Indian students in Australia.

A source said, “Initially, Australia was finalised for the shoot. Now the shooting schedule has been shifted to the US. Karan did not want to shoot in a country where the Indian students are facing racism. Since he is in the US now, where he is shooting for My Name Is Khan, he thought that the other film could be easily shifted here.”

However, Siddharth Malhotra, the director of the film, maintained a diplomatic stand on the issue. He said, “Nothing has been confirmed as of now. We are still exploring all the locations. Whichever location suits the film better will be finalised. At the end of the day, it’s the producers call. Everything will be finalised by mid-July.”

The film goes on the floors in October and stars Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in lead roles.


By Agenices

Posted On Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 02:15:26 AM

‘My conscience does not permit me to accept this decoration’, said Bachchan

New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has reacted to the racial attacks on Indian students in Australia, by rejecting an honourary doctorate offered to him by an Australian university.

The Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, had offered him a doctorate for his contribution to the world of entertainment, and Bachchan had earlier accepted the title. The honour was to be conferred on the star in July.

‘I have been witnessing with great dismay and shock, the recent violent attacks on Indian students in Australia, on the electronic media the entire day,’ Bachchan wrote in his blog. ‘I mean no disrespect to the Institution, but under the circumstances, where citizens of my own country are subjected to such acts of inhuman horror, my conscience does not permit me to accept this decoration from a country that perpetrates such indignity to my fellow
countrymen,’ he wrote.