A few short hours from now, America will have a brand new President.... and the world, a brand new leader. There is an air of expectation and optimism, as a young, handsome, intelligent, charismatic man assumes his place on the global stage. We were invited to join the party (right here at the J.W.Marriott in Mumbai), where the dress code was red, white and blue. We decided to pass and watch this historic swearing -in ceremony from the comfort of our home. I have my fingers and toes crossed. Perhaps the terror attacks have made me go on a high alert myself. But I am feeling a sense of unease.... some sort of foreboding. Behind the euphoria lurks the fear - "What if....?" For the wicked of this earth, there can't be a bigger opportunity to create mayhem. Here's hoping and praying the Inaugural functions go off without any nasty incident... and that the Obamas start their new life in the White House with the blessings of the entire universe.
Last week I was interviewed for a Dutch tv channel by a very sharp and fun anchor called Nic Balthazar. In the sweeping 10 -part series on India, this segment was on entertainment in the broadest sense. Nic who is a columnist and actor, had played a tiny cameo in a Mumbai studio as part of the shoot. It was in the local tv serial on Shivaji. He had also made a 3 minute film on kissing! He was told it wouldn't find any takers here since nobody kissed in India!! Partly true. People procreate. But few kiss. No wonder all those attempts at introducing kissing in Bollywood movies have met with zero success. Imran Hashmi may find himself out of his sole job soon .
Rajinder Singh 'Atish', a script writer has claimed damages from Yashraj Films for pinching his story, making a few cosmetic changes and passing it off as an original titled, "Rab ne bana di jodi." He has modestly demanded 25 lakhs. The film has grossed 180 crores worldwide. I really don't know whether Atish's claim is legitimate. All I can tell you is that I have had innumerable such experiences with tv channels, movie guys... the biggest names in the entertainment world. They come looking for fresh ideas... new scripts. You give them a storyline, a breakthrough concept. They shy away from discussing money, and balk at the idea of a lawyer handling the deal..... drawing up contracts etc The next thing you know, the show is on some channel....and you've been conned. Yet again . Intellectual Property Rights?? You must be kidding. They simply don't exist in India. Which is why I have stopped entertaining these 'chors'. It's not worth the precious time I give them - that costs money, too.