Miss K is what in cinema world they call the ‘starlet’. This is her weekly diary.
What started with a slight cough (popularly known as a ‘cuff’) turned into a very deep and disturbing one. After nearly coughing my lungs out, my doc discovered I was down with congestive bronchitis. After being curled up in bed fighting fever for half the week and coughing like an old woman, I don’t plan to bore you with health issues.
It’s quite sad I had to miss quite a few ad auditions this week. Kidding! I was most glad to chill at home and laze my life away, watching quality movies, surfing the net, and thinking about …life.
My date with Lokhandwala Lad
Yes I went for a movie with Mista D this week. It was a screening of a film for which we were both invited. The film was a serious one, dealing with a mature subject, punctuated with some seriously funny humour! While the director is probably known more for his dark cinema, this film had well-etched characters, a Southy goon that cracked everyone up through the grimmest of scenes and a Northy queen of small talk. The sprinkling of humour in the most morbid of situations made me realize how important it is to laugh! In a romantic relationship, in friendships and in life being able to share a great laugh is what keeps us going.
Whether it was in school, when we cracked cheap jokes behind our teachers’ backs or when you’re sitting with a friend watching bloopers on YouTube…you know you’ve got that stupid grin on your face!
Science of laughter
The only thing I can really think of that could possibly be more contagious than this cough is the sound of roaring laughter. After God created the world, we know he brought along a man and a woman, but to keep the whole thing from falling apart…he invented humour!
I can just see myself at the ripe ol' age of 80 heading down to Joggers Park at 6am, holding hands with my circle of fellow Laughter Club hommies, throwing my head back and laughing at absolutely nothing.
A great casting director in Hollywood was asked what he looks for in an actor and he replied, ‘humour’. “An actor with true humour possesses confidence and an air of intelligence”.
I doubt there has ever been an outstanding actor or star that was humourless. Think about it! Humour is the most private, most distinctive and most personal of all human traits.
While it ain’t something you can pick up at Phoenix Mills or Bhindi Bazaar, laughter is a universal language that spreads quicker than the plague, dengue or any other virus the streets of Mumbai can throw up. It’s what every day must consist of and really is the most available and inexpensive form of stress relief.