New Delhi: On Friday, filmmaker Karan Johar started the Yash Johar Foundation, in memory of his father. He has said that it will ‘aim to improve the quality of life for people in the Indian entertainment industry’.
Through Instagram, Karan, the head of Dharma Production, wrote, ‘This has been a true labor of love… created in memory of my incredible father and to carry forward his legacy. I am proud to launch the Yash Johar Foundation, which has been set up with the aim to improve the quality of life for people in the Indian entertainment industry. While we have initiated the implementation of long-term sustainable plans that will enhance the lives of people and their families in the industry, we have also ensured that immediate solutions are being provided to help them deal with the effects of the ongoing global pandemic.’
Referring to the video, he says, ‘My father, Yash Johar, loved everything about the movies, he just had to step onto a movie set, and he was a changed man. But his heart lay in the people who made up the industry — from the spot boys to the cameramen, the editors to the actors, they made up his world.’
Karan also explains how this foundation will support people who have been negatively affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He says, ‘He was naturally a kind and empathetic person, who understood that being in the movie business was hard. This is why, it gives me great pleasure to announce the formation of the Yash Johar Foundation, for the people of the entertainment industry. The Yash Johar Foundation has three main pillars of support — financial well-being, health, and education and vocational training. Considering the current scenario and taking into account its effects and after-effects of Covid-19 we have initiated YJF Covid response 2021 to address immediate needs like food, shelter and medicine for those within the entertainment industry who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.’