HT City’s newest writers say they’re being flooded with mail. This is what you’ve said...
Thousands of letters have flooded the mailboxes of the six powerful columnists who debuted on this page over the past week. And Priyanka, Anoushka, John, Anupam, Rannvijay and Madhur say that they are delighted with the response. Each will pick out their favourite letters in their columns over the next weeks.
All have been travelling this past week, but took some time out to scan through the letters. Priyanka received many declarations of love — and requests for dates on Valentine’s Day; John was asked about his fitness secrets; Anoushka’s confessions made many feel that her story was theirs, too; Madhur was asked to make a movie on schools by one 12-year-old fan; Rannvijay was praised for his stand on terror; and Anupam was the first choice for advice on how young Indians could “keep the faith”.
Chirag Verma to Priyanka: I’ve watched all your movies at least five times each and I even repeat a scene 10 times if you are in it.
Deepak Chopra to Priyanka: I found your column to be honest and loved reading about your carefree nature.
Jasmeet to Anoushka: It was a welcome surprise that procrastination is a part of your existence, as it is of mine and of quite a few I know. As far as Mr & Ms Perfect go, I feel they would hardly know the thrill of finishing a job ‘just in time’.
Arjun Malakar to Anoushka: The more I read your article, the more I realised that this was my life you were talking about... word for word.
Simran Mann to John: I love you and I love your style! I’m planning to make a hot bod like Bips so that I can get a man like you!
Anand Manocha to John: Let me take this opportunity to say how I see you — you are mild, have a circumspect ego and have simple values. All these things make you a lovable fellow.
Sony Mahiwal to John: I like your writing style and salute your passion for making India a better place to live in.
Dev Gulati to Anupam: Why is a distinction drawn between an actor and a character actor? Is it justified? Could all, including technicians, be called performers?
Manish Gupta to Anupam: I am a physically disabled person, and I would like you to address the question of why this country still does not have a disabled-friendly environment. Why can I not go out and enjoy myself like other young people?
Kavita Jha to Anupam: I always wanted to ask how you manage to do such versatile roles with such ease. I loved your work in Saransh — I think it was flawless. It would be nice if you could give some tips to aspiring actors through your column.
Prakshi Jain to Rannvijay: I love you for speaking your mind and the way you feel for this country.
Caroline Gibbs to Rannvijay: I thank you for your stand against terror, because we, the people of India, are like sleeping tigers. Until we don’t get someone to shake us, we don’t open our eyes to see what is happening all around us...
Gorangi to Madhur: In school, we have class politics, affairs, betrayals etc. I am sure everybody would love to watch [in a film] what really goes on in school, besides studies.
Niharika Sen to Madhur: I loved your column as much as I love your work, and I’m anxiously waiting for the next one.