That’s the number of pages of e-mails I’ve read through. I know a lot of you are wondering if I’m actually reading the
e-mails you send in, or if some poor intern is chained to a desk in the basement of the Hindustan Times building, typing out responses on my behalf. Well, HT doesn’t believe in things like that. Instead, a girl named Rohini very sweetly sits and copies out all the e-mails sent to me, and compiles them into one large file for me to read. Thank you Rohini. Then it’s up to me to sit and read them. Yes, I do read them myself. So here’s just a few responses.
Krishna, I was joking about the NRI film. Please refer to rule No.1. Arushi, please don’t call me uncle. And don’t be late for school. Falguni, that was blackmail. Neha, nice trick to get me to read your mail. Vaidehi, I unstuck my eyelashes with aloe vera gel. Good luck with the boyfriend, Deeksha. Sorry for stealing your job Sonal. Niharika, you were right, that was intimidating. K Chetan, I love Prince of Persia. Deepthi (Depp), perhaps if you replaced ‘blog’ with ‘forums’ you’d have better luck. Hello Anuja, the homeopath. Thank you for the review Akanksha. Mr X, hang in there, I’ll respond. Katrina from Russia enjoyed Kidnap. I knew we should have dubbed it in Russian. The producers never listen to me...Megha, thanks for all the compliments. Yogita, I keep all my columns positive. Samiah, I never got an accent because I didn’t want one.
Pratyaksha, I don’t think I’d be any good at poetry. And hi to Aishwarya, Salvika, Ruma, Arjun, Sanchita, my Rajput friend Virender Pratap (I like luxury cars), and the hundreds of others who wrote in. I’m touched and humbled by the love and support you’ve showered on me from the beginning. Thank you all.
Lots of talk about the length of my column... some say too long, some say too short. HT says 500 words, so 500 words I shall deliver. Also, let me clear up some confusion. When I say ‘you guys’, I’m not excluding girls. It’s just a manner of speech. You know, the way you say, “What’s up guys?” when you meet your friends.
Not a lot of space left for me to really talk about anything, so I’ll fix on the thing that jumped out at me the most. So many of you who’ve just finished exams could relate to how I’m feeling, not having anything to do. You know, what I like about writing here and hearing back from you guys (see, I did it again) is that it kind of bridges the gap. We tend to forget that actors and actresses are also people. They become objects or commodities. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people talking about an actress and saying, “Well, of course her husband cheated on her, look at how fat she became”, or something like that.
And actors can forget that the reason they’re successful is because of the millions of normal people out there who buy tickets for their movies. We’re all people at the end of it, not much different from one another. Just different jobs. Love to you all.