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Khan’t believe it

Calls for auditions, calls for meetings, shortlist calls, crank calls, rejection calls and the rare but rapturous selection calls! The feeling of getting a selection call means the most for an actor, as work is not as easy to come by in a field where competition is constantly fierce.

entertainment Updated: Apr 04, 2011 14:52 IST
Miss K

Calls for auditions, calls for meetings, shortlist calls, crank calls, rejection calls and the rare but rapturous selection calls! The feeling of getting a selection call means the most for an actor, as work is not as easy to come by in a field where competition is constantly fierce. When you finally get a call saying, ‘you have been finalised’, it still takes a few minutes to actually sink in.



The first person who called was mom. I remember the first time I got an ad and called her; “Mom, I got selected for an ad with Sehwag!”, “WOW!!! That’s great!” and “Who’s Sehwag?”



Khan’t hardly wait


This time she’d definitely identify whom it was with. The ad was with one of the Khans! I immediately speed-dialled mom to share the good news. She was pleased “Great! You must make friends with him, he can launch you in a movie.” My grandmom was quick to follow saying he was a nice guy and could help me without taking advantage. My bro beamed with pride giving me a bear hug, friends went psycho, neighbours were esctatic, maids giddy-headed and my driver super happy.



Curiosity killed the Khan


The night before the shoot I got a call from the assistant director giving me the ‘call time.’ Out of curiosity, I happened to ask what time our man would arrive so that I could plan the entry of my guestlist who were planning to pop by at the shoot. “He is not going to be there tomorrow.” “What?” “We shot with him separately and tomorrow is the shoot with just you guys. We will merge the shots in the edit.”



I was as stumped as one of Dhoni’s many victims, and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! This was the funniest anti-climax. May be I should have just kept shut. Oh well, life goes on and so did the shoot. The good part is that the director turned out to be a film director who’d recently shot a huge flick for Dharma. We got along well and he was especially happy with my solo shots.



I’m glad I am meeting some of the biggest Bollywood directors by the medium of ad shoots. I find it more respectable to meet them in the capacity of a professional on a set and work together as opposed to walking up to someone at a party. The funny part was not just the anti-climax, the process of explaining the absence of the star on the shoot to my maids and sundry. “

Uska

shooting

alag se hua

. Editing

mein jodenge

.” What to do… Khan’t help it!