Thomas McLain, Chairman of Asia Society Southern California added, “Kishore Lulla is much more than a head of a successful film studio, who controls 40% of the Hindi language film market in India; he’s also a philanthropist who is seeking to bring 250 million Indian children out of poverty through his educational initiatives and a visionary who is promoting equality for women in the workplace in India. His personal story of starting his business in Israel and Germany inspired all, and at the same time he kept the audience laughing with his great sense of humor. Kishore’s goals are synonymous with those of the Asia Society – we are both building bridges between the East and West through education, culture and business initiatives”. “We are thrilled to honor Kishore with the Entertainment Visionary Award, for taking Bollywood global and blazing paths to build Eros International into an integrated, worldwide media company,” said Jonathan Karp, Executive Director of Asia Society Southern California. “Kishore epitomizes Asia Society’s mission of forging understanding between Asia and the world, as well as among Asians, by championing the power of popular culture.”
The gala event took place at the Hyatt Regency Plaza here and was attended by entrepreneurs, diplomats and ambassadors. It brought together prominent representatives across a range of sectors including art and culture, policy and business and education.