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Will Smith meets Bollywood

By Subhash K Jha
Last updated on: February 23, 2006 15:11 IST
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After a visit to Agra with his son to see the Taj Mahal on Tuesday, Hollywood superstar Will Smith spent the next day catching up with Bollywood personalities.


"Not with any other purpose but just to acquaint himself with the biggest movie industry in the world," a Sony spokesperson informed.


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


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Among the film personalities Smith was due to meet were directors Karan Johar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Subhash Ghai and Ashutosh Gowariker, Manmohan Shetty of Adlabs and UTV's Ronnie Screwvala.


Gowariker, however, missed his appointment with Smith. "I had to rush to Delhi for an important archeological appointment regarding my film Jodha-Akbar. I'd have loved to meet him. I believe he was keen to know about our film industry."


Johar spent a good hour with Smith. "It was a 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."


Johar will be with Smith again on Friday when they shoot an episode of the hit reality show Indian Idol.


On Wednesday night, Smith attended a party hosted by Fardeen Khan.


Text: Subhash K Jha | Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

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