Hello and welcome to 2009! The number 2009 adds up to 11, which then adds up to 2, which means nothing whatsoever to me, but for those who believe in it — congratulations!
For the film industry, the New Year means a new set of award functions and this year, my friend Priyanka Chopra is likely to be among the best actress nominees. Priyanka had quite a year, with six movies released in 2008. I remember it was after her fourth film in a row not doing well that I got a call from a journalist.
The newspaper was prematurely running Priyanka’s professional obituary and the journalist asked me if this bad run at the box office signalled the end for Priyanka, and whether I would still work with her. In my view, Priyanka is extremely talented, sincere and thorough, so there is no reason why she shouldn’t do well. We all have our professional ups and downs. And then she did wind up the year with two big hits. To re-quote a much-heard phrase: ‘Form is temporary, class is permanent.’
We often read about the nicknames people have, including Priyanka Chopra [who is called Piggy Chops], but I must be one of the few people in the world who have no nicknames for her. I got to know her only during the making of Don, especially during our extended outdoor shoot in Malaysia, where we used to hang out after pack-up.
Among the things I really like about Priyanka is her wicked sense of humour. I am glad we are starting the year with her as guest on my show.
Here’s hoping 2009 rocks!
Actor-filmmaker-singer Farhan Akhtar is the host of Oye it’s Friday on NDTV Imagine