Crediting his Bollywood achievements to the legendary Manoj Kumar who introduced him to the world of films.
Having begun his career as a filmy journalist, the Canadian based Indian film maker Harbans Kohli is back in India with an announcement of his next film titled ‘Welcome to India’.
Speaking exclusively to FILMY TOWN, Harbans mentioned, “Why do people have a fascination to go towards the West? Whereas the world-over people flock to India for search of inner happiness and their peace of mind. It is painful to see the youth of today immersed in Western Culture and haven’t been in researching or learning of our deep rooted Indian culture.”
Reminicising his earlier days when he had made a short film on the Sikh religion which was highly appreciated and promoted by his well-wisher the much acclaimed Khushwant Singh, “Those days (in the early 70s) there wasn’t any pen-drives nor CDs nor even the video cassettes. He had shot the film on celluloid and produced my short film in two reels which I used to carry it all around.”
His first Bollywood feature film was the Sanjeev Kumar and Sadhna Singh starrer ‘Badkaar’ after which he went to the USA, Canada and other countries in the West to find out what was it that attracts the Indian youth towards that culture.
Now Harbans Kohli is all set to announce his next venture WELCOME TO INDIA under his home production company K K International, with holding its Mahurat in the first week of June in the Ramoji Rao Film Studios in Hyderabad. The film will also be shot in the Uttaranchal and in Canada. Presently he is in Mumbai to sign the lead cast of the film which will be announced very shortly.
Incidentally Harbans is also in the final stages of filing a suit in the High Court against a top Music Label for violating the terms of agreement of his film Badkaar. He stated that the music company has refused to pay him anything against the music videos of his film which have generated millions of views. He also further stated that the contract between him and the music company was valid only for the initial five years period, after which the copyrights comes back to him.