Hey, I’m back. My apologies for not writing in last Sunday, but was suffering from writer’s block. The kind in which no matter how hard you try, something or the other keeps getting in the way of you reaching your computer to actually start writing! If there was a moment to be had, it was so rushed that I was happier to not use it than write just for the sake of having to string together 300 words, regardless of thought.
It’s been a hectic two weeks. The pre-production for Don Returns (tired of saying ‘the sequel to Don’) is in top gear and so is my prep for Zoya’s film that kicks off this May. Well, the IPL is here and it’s gone green. Environmental awareness seems to be a big talking point this time around and an integral part of the presentation is how you can do your bit and help save our planet. Simple things like turn your tap off when you brush, switch off your car at traffic signals, don’t use electricity when not required, etc. I have a suggestion. How about we do away with day-night matches, so we can save all that electricity used to power the flood lights in those massive stadiums? Just play both matches in the day with a deferred telecast in the evening and aired simultaneously on two channels. Not only will it help cut energy consumption in the stadium, it will also shrink the window of time that we, the TV audience, sit in front of the idiot box. Thereby saving more energy. A win-win situation for all, Earth included.
I would conclude this column, by responding to a mail I received from a teenage boy. He wrote that he has been passionate about acting from an even younger age and would like my help to get a break in film. If I don’t help him, he says he has no option left but to end his life! The reason I choose to respond to this mail publicly is because I’m sure there are more such youngsters out there who feel the frustration this boy is feeling.
Suicide, however, is not the answer. Your passion will not die because one person didn’t understand it. Your talent won’t fade because one person didn’t recognise it. Believe in your abilities, not in what others think you are capable of. All great film and sport stars, leaders, reformers, musicians, authors, have had to struggle at the onset of their respective journeys. Why be afraid to go through that if you seek an better existence? Please put aside these fatalistic thoughts, stay focussed on your goal and keep working on your craft. I’m sure your quest to become an actor will bring you to Mumbai and who knows, our paths may cross. If I am to cast you in a film, it won’t be because you wrote to me but because you will impress me with your talent. Till next week, Peace out.
PS: Thank you for all the congratulatory mails for Rock On!! winning the National Award.