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Ek Khat Ka Jawaab

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I am not a famous, celebrated or super successful filmmaker. And so far besides my advertising films, I have flirted with Bollywood with alarming infrequency. Never the less, I am often inundated with mails and messages from young and not so young people who wish to become actors asking how they can go about being one. I assume that they reach out to almost everyone listed on any film forum or in any film directory.

In the absence of professional counseling for creative and performing arts in many schools or colleges or outside of that in India, the aspiring artists have nowhere else to go but to turn to professionals in the field and seek their advice. We have all done it. This becomes the only way for many who come from small towns or places where there is very little exposure to the real workings of the film Industry.

Most of the film professionals are super busy and despite their best intentions are unable to respond to such requests in any detail or with any useful guidance. Also, …

IF I WERE A PARENT

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(Comic strip titled 'Dream' - source/credit: http://explosm.net and Rob DenBleyker)
IF I WERE A PARENT
By Amit Mehra
“Children are like clay…you can mold them the way you like.” I have heard this expression many times from parents. I am not one.  Except for Snoopy and Chewbacca, I have not had the opportunity of parenting a human child. I have never been a teacher either; professionally or in broader sense of the word. 
However, I do believe that Children are not like clay. I believe that because I know it is true. I know that because I was a child once.  Yes, they do show certain characteristics of clay but not a lot more than any of one us adults do. The one big difference between Children and Clay is that Clay does not have a brain. It does not have a heart either. Children do.
So then how can a parent mold or rather shape his or her child? I think the first lesson here would be to accept that we can not really do that. Not with any long lasting impact. What we can do is become…

Don't do it again…ok beta?

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What do we do with people who are rude to Chefs of badly cooked food? We don't appreciate their outburst even if we identify with their problem.

If you are paying for a meal, you have every right to criticise it, if it is not done well or even call the chef and pull him up a little, but to be rude or to humiliate him is not a civilised thing. Unless, of course he is trying to poison you, in which case you can tell him - 'Don't do it again…ok beta?" ;)

The thing is, it is just a meal he has spoilt, not pushed the nuclear war button. If he did that, you can tell him - "Don't do it again…ok beta?"

I would say the same set of civilised rules should follow us when we write a food review or for that matter film reviews. The reviews in print or online or on TV are not just read, watched by the Chefs or the filmmakers, the foodies or the audience but also by the chef's, filmmaker's families, children, parents, wife, husband, friends…as a reviewer or eve…