It’s official. It happens! I’ve always heard about it happening and wondered why, if it did actually happen, it never happened to me? Is it because I don’t give out that vibe? Am I not attractive enough? So as the law of attraction goes, ‘it’ finally happened! I got offered a lead role in a film this week.
“See,” said the director's right hand man, “you know how things are in Bollywood. It’s not easy to get lead roles nowadays, especially with directors of this level,” he said with deadpan seriousness. “So there are terms and conditions you will have to abide by…” Getting a blank reaction from me he further added, “There are so many girls who are dying to work with …”
The subtext was quite obvious, so I didn't lead him on to think I’m interested by asking more questions, except if I could have a look at the script. “No…not until signing,” he shrugged. So there you have — The blindfold. New girls blinded by the prospect of working for a known director are made to blindly sign on the movie and do whatever asked to in desperation and search of fame. No prizes for guessing whether I accepted the offer or not. The sad part is that there are plenty willing to give in to blind contracts like these.
Best female actor
I was really pleased that Anushka Sharma won the Best Actress award along with Vidya Balan this year. Watching Sharma rattling off her Band Bajaa Baraat dialogues in super-sonic speed, Punjabi kudi style was great to watch. More recently, watching Rani in No One Killed Jessica was super-inspiring.
Some egomaniacs and wannabe-arty actresses insist that they are ‘actors.’ Don’t you think female actor is just an unnecessary term for an actress? The term ‘actress,’ was okay for Madhuri Dixit, Rekha and other greats of Bollywood cinema. Then why is it necessary for these women to want to compete where competition is unwarranted? An actor is a man; an actress is a woman. I was once told about life's KISS principle: Keep It Simple Stupid. It works!
Opportunities for aspiring actresses like me might be limited, but until something big comes by, I shall focus on staying inspired.