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Culture with Karan

Date: 18th November

Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm


Mumbai is synonymous with the silver screen. The city has been a muse and backdrop for countless iconic films and artworks. What better way to honour these deep connections than with Bollywood icon and cultural ambassador of Art Mumbai, Karan Johar. Join co-founder of Art Mumbai, Dinesh Vazirani, as he takes the stage with Karan for a fun and engaging conversation on culture, cinema, and the city.


Karan Johar

Dinesh Vazirani

About the Speakers

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Producer, director, talk show host and an entrepreneur - Karan Johar is one of the most notable Indian filmmakers today with the honour of being a Padma Shri awardee. The multi-faceted Karan wears many caps with ease. Besides being an acclaimed director in the Indian film industry for the past 25 years and one of the most influential men today - Karan is also a television personality, a talk show host and a mentor to new talents across the spectrum. His talk show ‘Koffee With Karan’ has the distinction of being the most watched English talk show on Indian television and is now ruling over the OTT space as well. In addition to personal success and accomplishment, Karan Johar has also been a mentor to many successful directors in India. Directors have flourished under his guidance and support as a producer, releasing both commercial blockbusters like Agneepath, Dostana and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Shershaah (a national award winning film) & the recent blockbuster, Brahmastra - as well as critical successes like Wake Up Sid, Kapoor & Sons & Gehraiyaan. Marking his 25th anniversary year as a director, he released his directorial ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ which has within thirty days of its release become the highest grossing romantic-comedy Hindi film overseas. He also successfully built three branches of the Dharma empire - Dharmatic Entertainment, Dharma 2.0 and Dharma Cornerstone Agency. 

The name Karan Johar is synonymous with prestige, elegance, versatility and success. He is amongst a prolific group of Indian filmmakers who have brought about a fresh and modern outlook to Indian commercial cinema and has contributed greatly to the transformation of Hindi cinema from his very first film.


Dinesh Vazirani is the CEO and Co-Founder of Saffronart, the world’s leading auction house for Indian art. Dinesh completed both his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and his Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. In 1994, he received an MBA degree with Honours from the Harvard Business School. Dinesh’s alma mater, the Harvard Business School, published a case study on Saffronart that continues to be studied by MBA students there today. Dinesh has held several leadership positions in the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He was Chapter Chair of YPO’s Bombay Chapter and serves on the boards of several companies in India. He has been collecting and promoting Indian art for the last twenty years, and is a frequent speaker and leading industry expert.

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