Yes. This picture is not a photoshop wonder…i actually met Karan Johar, when he was heading a panel discussion at the Harvard Business School here in Boston.
The event was part of the SABA-HBS India Conference, a full day panel discussions and keynotes from India Leaders in various business and entreprenuership.
Karan was in the panel for “Media and Entertainment in India – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.” Taking a quick snap on Hollywood, he said “Our movies have mothers, not therapists.” He went on to mention how Indian film industry have changed over the years and how some of my favorite movies (and i think yours too) have made it happen. Dil Chahta Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Lagaan, Rang De Basanti, Chaandni Bar, Taare Jameen Par have changed the Indian film industry. He expects that we send TJP to Oscars this year, and the indian bearaucracy does not interfere again to send some wrong film. On business side he lightly said, “I dont understand business. For many years i thought Sensex is some birth control pill!”.
Also in the conference were Vivek Paul (Ex-Wipro CEO) , Ravi Venkatesan of Microsoft India, Jaspreet Bindra, Abhi Shah, Sumant Sinha of Aditya Birla Retail, Bhaskar Das of Times of India, Sanjay Reddy of GVK infra and many more.
Vivek Paul mentioned many life stories in his keynote and how he turned around the Wipro as an outsourcing organization.
His anecdote of an Elephant who is tied with a chain to a small wooden plank off the ground was interesting. When asked why the elephant, being so giant, does not pull off this chain and piece of wood the owner replies, ”
This elephant has been tied to this chain since it was a little elephant. It
tried then, and was not able to breakthrough. Now its part of its mentality that
this barrier can not be broken”
Same is the case with India – We are bound by our own mentalities – rather than the environment. We have to come out of it and get ready for a new world.
India is changing- And it will change the whole world with it. ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHANGE???