I’m glad I have this column to introduce you to people I want to thank the most. These are the people who back me up, prep me up and make me feel like I can take over the world! So here goes...
Jeanette, my Mom
One sentence that sums up my mom is the legendary dialogue from Star Wars — “May the Force be with you”. My mom is a force that’s capable of moving mountains! She’s been with me through thick and thin and ensured I smiled through it all. She’s the least bit interfering and every bit as careful as any mother can be. Playing bad cop to the hilt and being my biggest critic, she’s my ALL. I truly feel that people are bigger fans of my mom than of me. Of course, I can’t ignore my brother and my dad — my biggest fans and my backbone in life.
Anirban, MD KWAN
Anirban is a visionary in his own right, as well as a man with a terrific sense of humour and the ability to astound you with his knowledge of just about everything — from sports to films to politics. He has absolute belief in me and this coming from non family (no more now) is inexplicable. He believed in Brand Genelia before there was Brand Genelia. I trust him blindly with my image and branding simply because he’s never let me down. Amongst all the empty vessels in the industry ‘Blah’ as I call him fondly definitely makes the loudest impact with the least amount of noise. His business acumen is razor-sharp and his integrity even more so.
Nandita, My Manager
Nandita is my pint-sized buddy and authoritarian who has the difficult job of making sure I don’t mess up my dates and covering my ‘you-know-what’ just in case I do! She’s my companion on all my shoots and we’ve shared quite a few meals and gossip. She’s responsible for keeping my endorsement life in order and packs quite a punch whilst speaking legalese and makes sure I get the best. Nandita’s wise beyond her years and someone I rely on a lot. We have a running joke between us — I always tease her that we are more like a couple than anything else!
Divya and Mithila, My Publicists
Divya and Mithila are a great team who complement each other so well. Divya has answers for just about everything and the persuasion skills of the Israeli Mossad! Mithila is the effervescent one who keeps us all alive. If Divya has a mandate in place for something that she feels works best for me, I challenge you to make her change it! Mithila is also equally clear minded and is someone who can smooth talk her way out of any situation. I would be lost in the world of PR if Divya didn’t hold my hand and teach me and if Mithila didn’t cushion it for me.
It’s been a while now and I’ve realised that our sensibilities match a lot. There’s a certain pattern of familiarity that’s developed between us that allows them to plan and work out the things before I even think of them.
Well guys, this is my world — my core group. It’s their words of encouragement, their constant support and unconditional faith that’s made me and will continue to make me. Love them all!