The Game Begins

To tell the truth, I am on a high. My storyboard is finally completed and it took me 52 pages and 5 days (or rather nights).

On 28th evening, there is a press conference and probably I am going to give my first interview there.

I finalize my actress and now will be working on the script breakdown and shooting schedules only.

Nothing more to add here!

Bye!

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Good Bye Friends!

Here is my last day at Datamatics. I’ll be relived after the exit interview which is going to take place this afternoon. So I think this is my last regular blog entry and I might not be able to blog that frequently or regularly but definitely my heart will long to do so. I’ll try and catch every opportunity to pass at least some word about my latest developments.

Here is the list of my planned activities for the exact time to come so whenever I’ll come back here, I can refer to the basic agenda of my life from here onwards.

1. On 27th of September, I am having a script workshop for 24×7 Making Movies.

2. On 28th-29th September, There will be a workshop on camera and its operations.

3. On 3rd of October, I am going to shoot the short film in just 24 hours time.

4. The premier will be held on 8th October at Fame Adlabs, Malad, Mumbai

5. On 9th of October the award function will be held.

As for the awards, I am just keeping my focus on completing the film. Winning award is not important for now as the bigger challenge is to finish it of in 24 hours.

I got some photos of Vicky bhai who is going to play the Inspector Dande. I think he looks as the same as I expected him to be. Though the dress still needs the stars and his name badge but posted here!

So before taking and biding adieu to all my friends, here is what I really want to say.

Friends, Live life! It is yours and do remember that dreams do come true.

I am super man!

I am getting clearance from all the departments and till tomorrow evening I’ll be out of this mess and out of a job too! That sounds so strange!

Amit called… My cast people in Pune went for a dress fitting at the shop where we can get them on rent. They must be looking funny!

On this Saturday the recordings will be held as some renovation is going on at the studio. So we need to wait. Vicky bhai is practicing his tunes very hard and I am sure the tunes fit in the background well.

My sound engineer met me yesterday and he looked too enthusiastic for the task. I think this is good and will definitely help a lot.

I had a good fight with Smita again on Orkut! I love it when we all old friends get time to fight with each other like 10 year olds. All grown ups now, all have their own profession and life. But it feels so cool to get in touch with them for nothing at all!

I am feeling confident and happy!

Have a good time ahead friends!

In the end!

This afternoon Nilesh sent an email to Zavier and Ulhas saying the handover from Dushyant is complete and he can be relived anytime now.

This is indeed good news.

I’ll have more time to concentrate on my project after this week as I’ll be out of this mess soon. I got an editor and sound engineer for the movie but still in search for the leading lady of my film. Now I have to start the story boarding for my film. This is going to be the toughest part but will make life easier on the BIG day. It will keep me occupied for most of the time from now on.

Enjoy friends!

My Favorites: Children of Heaven

Okay here is something which is not from India but indeed is My Favorite.

Children from Heaven (1997)
Teheran, Iran.

The Children of Heaven is a sweet film about a boy, his sister and shoes. Ali is a 10 year old living in a small town in Iran. His family is poor and behind in rent payments; his mother ill. Ali sincerely tries to help out, but he ends up losing his little sister Zahra’s shoes during an errand to have them repaired.

“How can I go to school without shoes?” Zahra pleads.

Ali and Zahra work out a plan to share his modest sneakers. Since her school hours end just as his begin, Zahra wears the worn gymies first. Though he’s an excellent student, this “sneaker relay” causes Ali to be tardy. As for Zahra, ashamed of the oversized shoes her lamenting gaze falls on the footwear of all the other children in the playground.

To sort things out, Ali participates in a high profile 4 KM long foot race where the third prize is sneakers. He has to come third. Not first, not second but third to fulfill the promise he had made to his sister.

I wept during this picture, but not from empathy; it was the stark beauty. Ali’s family is poor, but not to be pitied. The father, loud and full of bombast, is nonetheless loving and dedicated. The beauty emanates from the eyes of the children. Majid Majidi (writer/director) puts into film that wonderful majestic world we used to see before puberty, when a pair of shoes and a shiny pen could make you come running home from school with a skip in your step and a smile that no news story could dampen. When your parents’ approval or disapproval was paramount. When the love between brothers and sisters wasn’t something to be contemplated, manipulated or even expressed — it simply was.

It doesn’t matter if you grew up in NY, Shanghai, Mumbai or Tehran, that childhood spirit proves universal.

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Monday Morning!

It seems I should drop the idea of sleep now. It is so delusional thought for me now. I will sleep for 36 hours in a single spell after the shooting and editing. LOL.

Weekend was good. I almost finished what was on my cards except the finalization of the leading lady. It was a funny thing to chase people and trying to tress them on their mobile phones. The best thing was, Vicky bhai came up with a good tune for the background score and I fell in love with that almost immediately. Amit and he will go to the recording studio on this Thursday.  I gave them this responsibility to get the audio on a CD. I hope this goes fine.

I am a lot relaxed today than I was since last week. It rained in Pune whole weekend and in Mumbai, I got all soaked up while reaching office.

Amit got a call from Zee Cine Stars, a reality acting show from Zee network, and got an audition for some garment company for their poster boy. The result will be coming this evening. I hope the best for him.

Rest in peace!

Why must we put on our pants one leg at a time?

Q: Why must we put on our pants one leg at a time?

Ans: If we jumped into our pants simultaneously placing both legs in at one time, we would land heavily on the ground. As a majority of us are getting dressed at the same time of the morning, the cumulative effect would Cause an earth tremor. Due to the use of time zones, the tremor established In Eastern Time would arrive in the central zone at precisely the moment all those people were jumping into their pants. The tremor would increase in size exponentially, and proceed west to combine with the mountain zone folks as they get dressed. As this cycle encircles the globe, it would feed upon the next day’s Tremor and eventually cause the earth’s crust to break apart and float into space.

This is why we put our pants on one leg at a time.

The count down begins!

Wow! It was my fourth sleepless night yesterday in a row! I am thrilled to get some more new insights of my production and new ideas.

And the other good thing is right when I am planning to go to Pune in a couple of hours; it is raining like anything here in Mumbai.

This morning when I reached office I got Nilesh waiting for me as now he will be taking the handover and not the girl who I was supposed to give. Nilesh is already overworked and I do not understand what plan the managers are having. No calms here as Nilesh is a good resource to work with. He understands fast and I will sure make a point to finish all the handover midweek through.

I had a chat with my Papa yesterday and I told him all my plans and he said whatever I am going to do I should do it with whole heart. He wished me good luck and told me to not to worry.

I love you Papa.

And thanks to all you people for supporting me in ways I cannot think about. Thanks Pooja, Yanyan and Jacky for the special comments. I am really in need of motivation these days. Soon, when there will be no constant internet connection for me and I guess it will take around weeks to make a blog entry here.

Well… Have a nice weekend and see you all on Monday!

In need of a good night’s sleep!

Life’s sense of humor is unbelievable. Last night when I thought I got the sleep on time, a stranger knocked the door at around 3:30 AM. He was in search for his friend who used to live there. He said he was coming from the airport and just dropped by to say a hello to his dear friend.

And again when I tried to sleep, the man who lives downstairs came to our place at 7 in the morning, complaining about the water leak.

Disasters do happen and this was my third night in a row.

I am just trying to figure out the best way possible to get through this phase. I am tired but miles to go before I sleep.

On the 9th of October, there will be the award function from 24×7 Making Movies. I think till then it is going to be just butterflies’ time.

I just need a good sleep tonight to get the momentum as tomorrow night I am going to Pune and this is going to be a big working tough weekend.

And for the cricket match, India declared a looser by Duckworth Loise System! I don’t know what the heck is that. It rained in Kuala Lampore when Windies played only 20 overs from their 50 overs quota and scored 141 runs. The match was abandoned and the idiotic D/L formula came in. I cannot remember if ever I saw India win a match after the D/L calculation. It happened for the second time this year.

Well… Sachin Tendulkar was declared ‘The Man of the Match’.

Sachin IS Back!

The Cricket God ‘Sachin Tendulkar’ is back in style. The greatest batsman of all time has joined the India squad for the triangular cricket series in Malaysia between West Indies and Austrailia. The highest scorer in test and one day international cricket scored another century, his 40th to be precious in the one day internationals, to mark his comeback after more then 8 months in the arena of cricket.

Sachin scored 141 runs in 148 balls with a strike rate close to 96. India scored 309 runs in 50 overs. The match is still going on as West Indies are in the second innings of the match and chasing a target of 310 runs.

Whatever the result will be, this match is definitely going to be remembered for the Little Master’s return.