5 Films That Inspired KJo To Become A Filmmaker

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B-town’s much-loved director talks about his 5 favourite titles

We have all been in love with Karan Johar's dramas. But ever wondered which films rank high on the filmmaker's list? SpotboyE.com got KJo to talk about the 5 movies that have influenced him deeply.

1.     Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Directed by: Michel Gondry

What’s it about: A young couple (Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet) copes with separation by clinically erasing memories of each other from their respective systems.

KJo’s take: It is perhaps the most unusually written and conceptualised love story. A modern day romance that will resonate with viewers for ages.

2.     Amelie

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

What’s it about: Through the eyes of a beauticious young girl (Audrey Tatou), we see the lives of Parisians as she quietly orchestrates a happy life for them. In famed film critic Roger Ebert’s words, it’s “a delicious pastry of a movie.”

KJo’s take: It’s an undeniably brilliant screenplay – slice of life blended in the most genius manner on celluloid.

3.     Lagaan

Directed by: Ashutosh Gowariker

What’s it about: In the British era, a sleepy village becomes the victim of a tyrannical captain who imposes heavy land tax on impoverished farmers. To revoke it, a rebellious farmer (Aamir Khan) will have to beat the Brits in a game of cricket, a sport not very familiar to Indians back then.

KJo’s take: The triumph of the human spirit has never been illustrated in a better way. With Lagaan, the syntax of India cinema was displayed proudly and classically.

4.    In The Mood For Love

Directed by: Wong Kar-wai

What’s it about: A moving emotional drama about a beautiful woman (Maggie Cheung) who indulges in a torrid affair with another married man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and their time in alluring Hong Kong together.

KJo’s take: Wong Kar Wai is at his finest in this film that has pathos, love and longing in a way that it continues to be in your DNA for years after you’ve seen it!

5.  All Pedro Almodovar films (Academy Award-winning Spanish filmmaker known for iconic films like Women On The Verge of Nervous Breakdown, Talk To Her and The Skin I Live In)

KJo’s take: I can go on and on about each and every film of his. His cinematic spirit is unparalleled and individualistic.

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