Jalsa, Mumbai Apr 7/8, 2014 Mon/ Tue 12 : 26 am
Its a hard life when one has to market what one has worked on … I would have imagined that once the work is done it is the work that should speak, not those that have worked on it ..
So off on a plane to the Capital New Delhi, and straight into interviews and conferences … all the print media , Tv media and several more ..
Later in the day connecting via Skype to Uk, London and in other parts of the world … quite amazing ! Pakistan, UAE, Australia and on …all for an interview and to speak of the film and its relevance in today’s life ..
Its been tiring … finished last night by 3:30 am and was on plane by 6 am, and straight on landing taken to interviews and press ..
It is time to recover …
So shall be with you early tomorrow ..
ps : its the birthday of Bhavana B Rao and we wish her a most pleasant and successful years ahead … love from the entire EF
Jalsa, Mumbai Apr 6/7, 2014 Sun/Mon 12 : 17 am
Another Sunday comes and goes by .. another show of affection and love warms the heart .. another moment in my memory of events passes and as I walk back from the gates I often contemplate and think .. why and how it keeps happening ..
To me it has always been a wonder and a delight .. to others I wonder. i can understand the concern and the care that gets expressed, but wonder if it merits this longevity.
I have several theories of it, not all of my own making but still of some merit. Prateeksha and Jalsa are both situated at the corner of the entire colony, strategically a natural collection point. Even if I were not to be staying there it would attract humanity - its a most natural tendency among many in many different locations .. that desire to get together at a common point, to just drift, to exchange thoughts words and deeds, to converse, to just get away from the constriction of limited housing into a free spacious area …
Sundays .. well it helps if your residence is located at the entrance of a lane that goes to the beach and the sea .. a relaxing moment to paddle into the waters during the hot day, to get that moment with the family on the sand and be in the company of their delicious sweet meats and wayside restaurants or thatched informal eateries .. the ‘bhutta’, the ‘chaat’ the coned ice cream, that ride on a buggy, the horse carriage decorated with coloured and neon lights .. just those free moments with the children after a heavy week at work ..
And then as you come away how wonderful to stop by at the gates of your celebrity, which happens to be in close proximity, and give the kids and the wife that ‘see’ moment, before heading home …
So the crux of the matter is that you need to be living at the corner, and by the common path to the sea .. QED … !!
The Flag, the tricolor, the ‘tiranga’, the ‘rashtriya dwajh’ flies on the roof of Jalsa, as must it should on every Indians home. There were restrictions to where the national flag could fly earlier. But a concerned citizen, an industrialist, a Member of Parliament, move the courts and insisted that flying the tricolor should be the right of every Indian at the appropriate places if they so desired ..
The moment the judgement was given I put it up on all my residences and places of work or structures that were not official but private. There are certain regulations and conditions when you fly the National Flag, and they must be adhered to. They must be of an indicated specification, they must be made of ‘khadi’, they must be bought from a particular place, now in Bangalore, and they must be taken down at sunset ..
Its just a piece of cloth with certain specific colors and codes and meanings, but look at the respect and dignity it demands. Look how we all identify with it in different parts of the world. Look at the place of pride it brings every time you see it hoisted or flown - at events, in sports, at formal gatherings. It becomes a unifier of citizens. You fight for it, you play for it, you hold it close to your chest, you hold it up in the air for national recognition, you wave it and sing its anthem, you respect it by standing to attention, saluted if in uniform, hand on heart in some and in others a silent unmoving demeanour in the stance .. just a piece of cloth, and look how much it gets from us all .. because of our belief that it is OURS .. it is our life, our living, our strength … Jai Hind !!
And the people at the Jalsa Gate on this Sunday .. my love and blessings and admiration to all .. heart swelling with emotion and pride !!
This one above does not need any introduction ..
There is travel now again in the early morning hours to the Capital, to promote, to market ‘BR’, to talk to the press and the media, both within and without the country .. there is Skype for an International interview to UK and the US .. and subsequently the premier in Dubai on the 9th as things stand … in matters of schedules dates and times change rapidly.
Remember you have warned …
Ok …. so we lost to Sri Lanka in the World Cup final T20 tonight .. yes disappointed, but proud of our team and our boys for reaching the final, against the best teams in the world .. it was just not our day and the better team won … congratulations to Sri Lanka, who played really well ..
'Man ka ho toh achcha … na ho toh zyada achcha'
Good night dear ones … and may your wishes continue for ‘BR’ .. that is all that remains within our limits .. the rest now to be relied upon by the ‘janta janardhan’, the people ..
In the end the final outcome always lies with the masses ..
ps : and birthday greetings to Magdalena .. remain well and in the company of affection and care ..
Jalsa, Mumbai Apr 5/6, 2014 Sat/Sun 2 : 39 am
Daylight fills the day, and its fall fills the night
Exuberance of the time, and expectation feeling right ..
It is not what others say that fills our hearts with hope
Its the value of our work that must be given the rope
Fear not what has been done, it cannot be undone
Results will speak for us now from another tongue ..
When one has passed and one is due
When moving on is but our cue ..
Remember what we learnt to say
Another gone another in fray ..
Jalsa, Mumbai Apr 4/5, 2014 Fri/Sat 1:01 am
There are times in the lives of a Blog when one wishes that there is so much understanding that having to say something is quite unnecessary !
I am in such disposition .. a hankering for some time for the body of this labouring individual to do what seems best for him to do ..
Pictures at times say more than words .. I hope and wish that those pictures that follow shall do needful ..
My love always .. the truth is that ‘True Detective’ beckons me ..
Jalsa, Mumbai Apr 3/4, 2013 Thu/Fri 12 : 33 am
A question : where be this location …?
Or perhaps this :
Many promotions later and many efforts to be on shows that value well on television ratings, a day when the value of presence is dedicated to the client and product that requires sale ..
So is there an agreement or a disagreement on its oneness in conceptuality, or exercise ? I fear that many intellectuals would prefer to get into the skin of the argument and have varying views .. that is understandable. Topics such as these do often ignite the fire of debate, reasoning and justification. But I do believe that there would be no argument, if the executor of the deed were to be brought in. After all, he or she or it, is a mere contractual entity generously squeezed in to aggrandise the product.
Promoting a film, is termed as a marketing device and a necessity for the betterment of the returns invested. One invests to get better returns, or at least dwell in its security. Involving oneself in a campaign through a visual medium, is also a promotion of the product. Is one then, better than the other ? Is one correct and the other incorrect ? I would not have answers to this. And even if I did my opinion would deserve some bias eventually. The commercials would step in and that would become the decisive factor …
Films demand a promotional effort in these times. That first week end needs to be filled. For, that would form the recovery on the costs and business of the product. Gone are the days of 25 week and 50-75 week runs. Of Jubilees that were looked upon with such fervour and expectation. Now its the ‘slam bam’ ideology. Get it over with, collect the profits and move on to the next. Dwelling on the product, allowing it time to sink in, to gently move into the minds and hearts of the audience is over. That crucial first week is the indicator of all that we would have considered in the times gone by. An impatient and restless audience does not have the inclination or the spared time to allow indulgence with time.
Someone made a commercial comment on two of the recently released films. He stated that the one week box office collections of one, would still be more than the lifetime collections of the other. Maybe. But could it not be that the latter would be remembered for a lifetime and the former for just a week !!
What then would be the gauge to address merit ?
Let me guess … it would be a tie in an ideal situation, but the commerce would rule eventually !
What then, and this is an obvious extension of the argument, signifies status ? Quality or quantity ?
'Success in competition is usually signalled by more lavish consumption, but it need not be, nor need this be the motive for competition. Possession of money may be a sufficient index of success, without the need to display this possession in costly objects …'
'In the upper echelons of the business world, money is sought after not only as a means to consumption but as an index of superior achievement..'
'…. one of the late richest men in the world put it ( quite succinctly ), that money is ” just a way of keeping score “. ‘~
May this debate rest along with the rest that is required by its perpetrator ..
Good night and sleep well …
Jalsa, Mumbai Apr 2/3, 2014 Wed/Thu 4 : 10 am
The fault be not mine .. I finished late .. but shall amend its make .. in time at stake ..
It was the moment of the promotions of ‘Bhoothnath Returns’, and an activity that never ever occurred to us in the good old days, when with just nothing to put out, films went out to do, 25, 50 and 75 weeks … some a few years ..
But now when the business of the business is gauged by the results of the first three days of its release, one is pushed into believing that given the circumstance it is not such a bad idea to sell the product before its screening, and get that magical figure by the end of the week ..
So there are interviews in print, in magazines, on FM radios, on Tv channels, on Tv shows that garner high TRP’s … and the awkward moment is getting on to the various and diverse mediums to answer the same questions in different styles … but today was different ..
Went on to ‘Comedy with Kapil’ and had a ball with Kapil his team and Boman and Parth, the little child in the film. That went on till about 11 pm … shifted thereafter to another set and ‘Tarak Mehta ka Ulta Chashma, and have just returned, after saying a ‘Hi’ to Abhishek who shoots on the next open air region in the same Film City for ‘Happy New Year’, with Shahrukh, Deepika, Boman on a massive electronic set ..
Schedules, time lines are all getting blurred .. as must they should when a film is on release .. but have to say, it is a lot of fun ..
Love you all …
Jalsa, Mumbai Apr 1/2, 2014 Tue /Wed 1:17 am
Kashmira Grewal : its her birthday today April 1, and we all wish her a wonderful day, months and years to come .. may she remain happy and healthy always .. lots of love from us all ..
The ‘hoodie’ swells up on the cast of the body when it is subjected to interview after interview, and disappears into the intricate ‘chikankari’ work of Uttar Pradesh at a walk the ramp for a cause … the Mijwan Welfare Society, an enterprise started by Shabana Azmi’s father, Kaifi Azmi for the underprivileged women in his village where he came from ..
A large number of colleagues and a large number of very beautiful ladies that walk the walk for designer Manish Malhotra .. a satisfying experience and credit of immense value ..
It is getter warmer by the hour here now with the ‘BR’ release imminent .. and only prayers and wishes can work now .. the verdict shall be decided by the audiences of the nation … and until they do that … good night and may god bless you all …
Jalsa, Mumbai Mar/Apr 31-1, 2014 Mon/Tue 1:46 am
That sinking feeling of all not well … but which turns out quite the opposite .. getting into the muck does dirty us and fill us with an excess we do not desire, but it also tells us how not to be in such, and if perchance we were to, then how and what would be the best procedure to remain in it with joy and contentment ..
So you sweat and fear what the press meets are going to be like as we meet journalist after journalist for the promotion of the film ..
In time and in conversation it all turns out well and we all heave a sigh of relief … relief from the apprehensions of facing an audience, especially when you know that your preparation for the moment has been restricted and perhaps not adequate enough ..
Travel does take out a great deal from one …but when you have a plane at your disposal, timings and process can undergo change .. the seclusion of the trip, and not being on display all the time, are all benefits of the private ..
So …. after the press meetings which went of rather well I thought - about 12 of them from different directions and carriers, it was time to do a dress rehearsal for the clothes to be worn for the Mizwan Society fund collection drive cum awareness of those that suffer in the villages, now controlled by Shabana Azmi, and on her insistence, to be a part of the fashion show and the ramp walk .. clothing worn to be the famous ‘chikankari’ delicate work from the state of Uttar Pradesh, especially woven by women who are now under the care and consideration of the Mizwan Society ..
Abhishek and I shall be walking the ramp for this very noble cause - women empowerment, and to be able to extend to the women in our land the importance of education and thereafter the opportunities of jobs they would never dream of getting ..to treat them with equality and dignity and to give them the strength to fight for their mission ..
But the later part of the day was spent in preparing for Hyderabad and that British Airways function to the very pleasant task of welcoming them to the latest acquisition by BA ; the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, its first ever modern aircraft in the country of India, and most importantly …to have a plaque put on the insides of this particular aircraft as a mark of respect to the film industry in their existence of 100 years !!! The plaque replica is on its way to be being published soon …. perhaps even tonight !!
And that ladies and Gentlemen is the story of that quick in and out trip to Hyderabad …. the tribute that BA pays me with their gratitude … pictures of the Place, now a flourishing Hotel … the vast enclosures and court yards of the Faluknama Palace Hotel, once the private resident of the Nizam of Hyderabad, once the richest man in the world … playing with a handful size diamond on her desk, whilst the people, as busy as busy can be ..
Tomorrow its early morning throughout the day with the electronic media for the promotions of ’ Bhoothnath Returns’ and thereafter to walk the ramp for the Mizwan Womens Society, an organisation started by Shabana Azmi’s father Kaifi Azmi, for the welfare of women ..
Its been quite a handful … but enjoyable and one that brings a sense of satisfaction ..
My love to all
ps: happy birthday to Ef keren Ben Ezra for today and for the upcoming birth … many congratulations in advance … love
Jalsa, Mumbai Mar 30/31, 2014 Sun/Mon 1: 53 am
Women Empowerment !!
At its best tonight .. as I inaugurate the latest Rajnikanth film directed by his daughter, Soundarya .. a film made on the technology of Motion Picture Capture .. “KOCHADAIIYAN” … truly amazing effort and a first for India ..
Motion picture capture : eg ‘Avatar’ and Spielberg’s ‘Rin Tin Tin’ ..
So much to say .. a proud moment for society where a girl takes on the challenge of a technology for the first time in the country .. and makes it happen ..
A daughter pays tribute to her haloed Father, in an affection that transcends all the cynicism that society still throws up ..
A Father who entrusts his daughter with confidence and support to undertake this huge enterprise .. unlike some of the twisted norms being still practised in the country ..
And then the Sunday well wishers … always there always in numbers and always so loving …
Thank you all …
With Love to all
Jalsa, Mumbai Mar 29/30, 2014 Sat/ Sun 12:26 am
The trouble with extreme lethargy, albeit deserving, is that it never ends .. so despite the fact that one has had a more than sufficient rest, it doesn’t really bring it to an end .. the body seeks more and the mind gives it more ..
'Cutting a long story short' … ah ! hate using such language that has been used to death .. so .. 'skirting to the end of a rather extended clothing' .. hmm ! thats sounds better .. a bit risque though .. but getting the meaning I guess .. what has in fact occurred is that sleep, that most necessary of all human conventions, masters over the system for more than what seems to be necessary .. ending up in 'lethargy' activated to large extends …
Sleep, siesta, nap or any other manifestation differs from each one of us .. sleep on the stomach, on the side, flat on back, curled, uncurled, foetus shaped … mouth opened, mouth closed, breathing through nose or not, grinding teeth at interval, speaking during the process, walking in sleep … or any other form .. there is but one quality that is simply indescribable ..
The look ..
The look or expression on the face of one in deep slumber is indescribable, utterly childlike and one with the completeness of vulnerability .. it is perhaps the one and only expression that remains unchanged in the human .. one that inhabits our faces form the time we are born to the end .. drained of any care or force, oblivious to the world, quiet and utterly likeable …
Wake up .. and one is back with a face that signifies the burdens of the world .. not to mention those that capture the fading glory as the years go by ..
Did some bytes for Tv by the evening for the on coming concert Global Peace, to be held on the 6th of April at the JLN Stadium in Delhi .. a concept that was played out in Mumbai some time ago … and now to be executed in Delhi … by the very talented Aadesh Srivastava .. yours truly shall be singing too … and that should put all the Ef off from wanting to attend the function ..
Many of the prominent singers of the film world shall be performing .. PEACE and not Violence .. !! for the entire world !!
British Airways, as you know brings in its latest magnificent bird, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the very first time to India … and its inaugural flight is to Hyderabad …
As a mark of remembrance of this historic moment, BA is putting a plaque on this plane which is named after me, as a gesture of our association … greatly humbled and honoured !! It will take place quite ceremoniously at a function to be held in Hyderabad on the 31st March at the Falaknuma Palace Hotel .. Hyderabad the city of grandeur and culture and the Nizam’s Palace, extraordinary .. the Nizam of Hyderabad, at his time the richest man on the planet, lived in opulence, unmatched by anyone living at that time and I am sure even now ..
For example … legend has it that one of rarest diamonds in both size and colour, was used by him as a paper weight on his desk … !! His dinning room - a hundred odd seater, with gold cutlery and plates is still on display at the museum I believe ..
Diamonds … !
So … best to get away from this topic, before the ladies wish to prolong the conversation .. !!
It is now time for ‘True Detective’ .. a recommended serial after ‘House of Cards’ which came to a rather dramatic end .. some days ago ..
Good night dear ones .. and thank you for all your wishes … I am so blessed with your company ..
Love as ever …
ps : and happy birthday Nawaf … love and all the best in life