The word of the week has to be jhol. With so much of it happening around me, I have to write about it. I’ve been in this city for more than three years now, and I must admit that I’ve indulged in some jhol too, but not of the major kind. I don’t know how to define the word, nor could I find an online dictionary that would do it for me.
But my guess of the definition of jhol is a “deliberate act by someone either legal or illegal, executed not keeping everyone’s best interests in mind but with the intention of earning a quick buck or, in some cases, losing it.” If you have any more definitions, I would love to hear them on my Facebook page.
My roommate tells me that he knows someone who was at a high position in the RBI, who now lends RBI money at zero per cent interest to anyone interested in borrowing more than a crore! If I procured one such party who is interested in borrowing money against a bank guarantee, I would get commission on it. Sure sounds like jhol to me.
Here’s another instance: an actor doubled up as a broker and took me to the owner’s house whose flat I was interested in renting. The owner said that since they also run a registered estate agency, I’d have to pay them brokerage too!
Instance number three: one of my earlier roommates is trying to launch himself in a movie. He finds both financers and producers. The producers don’t have money, so he lends them money from his own pocket. After that, he borrows from friends, sells off his chains and rings and goes back home. The producers have promised to pay him a crore for his role in coordinating things as well as a lead role in the movie! Sounds like major jhol to me.
From what I’ve heard, most of the industry survives on jhol. The B and C grade movies that are made but never released, the music video hoardings that litter Lokhandwala and big-ticket movies by well-known directors that turn out to be big duds (because they were always meant to be) - they are all jhol. If the lyrics were changed a bit, one song from yesteryears would sum up the state of the industry perfectly: ‘Jhol jhaal hai bhai, sab jhol jhaal hai’.
PS: If you are a jholu director, then please don’t add me on Facebook. I’ve had enough of my share of jhol already!