Blink and you are dead

It just takes a split of a second to die when a bullet or a missile hits you. Imagine you were reading this blog post and boom you are hit by a bomb! A kid was probably planting potatoes in his garden when he is bombed, his mother comes crying out and boom she is bombed too. Who cares, we always wanted to possess acres of land or prove that our ideologies are right! What do you get at the end of it? You win. Do you really? You’ve just lost someone who would have lived a bit longer if they agreed with your so called philosophy or were on the other side of the fence. Who made these fences? We. Why are we safeguarding something that never had names written on them when they came in to existence? Most nations commit war crimes by bombing homes of innocent civilians, which tries to prove the point that wars are not a crime in itself. It’s like saying that a murderer is free to commit a crime if he has a logical reason for murdering someone. I don’t want to take sides, I feel anybody who can even think of initiating a dreadful event like a war or carrying out other terror attacks are heartless humans with no brains either.

WH questions

The “wh” questions that we were taught in school are generally used, even after we grow old, to find answers to superficial questions like, “Where is Alice?”, “What is your name?” etc. We are so tied up in our daily routines that we rarely find time to use them for asking larger questions. Or, if we were to analyse, we do not have any clue what these larger questions could be. Why do we need to ask these questions anyways? The point is, as long as we are happy, we do not feel the need to ask any questions. Questions are raised when we are trying to find the solution to a problem. Our problems are restricted to our personal lives and have no co-relation with what is happening outside the small world that we live inside. Why should we break our heads thinking of problems that do not affect us? Because we belong to the same race, the human race and have to ideally instinctively think of ways to help another fellow human being in trouble!

Learning to rewrite

I was always under the impression that the freshest thoughts that come out of your little brains are the best ones. They seem to be exciting. Exciting, but sometimes only for some time though! For example if I were to read what I have just written, aaam may be four times it would look ok. But the fifth time I read it, it will start to look lustreless for some reason. Same is the case with the 90 minute script that I am currently writing, though I have completed two drafts, when I read it now, after a week, I feel that a lot of things can be reworked to make it more gripping and humorous. I am not sure if I should get depressed about this, but the fact is that I am a horrible re-writer. It’s difficult but, I guess it’s important for a writer to be able to rewrite what he or she has written and ofcourse better it. Ok, so I have to rewrite, I hope I can better what I have written already. I am only learning.

You own it only when you have a heart to let it go!

Sounds pretty illogical if you were to think logically. But there are many instances when logic takes a backseat for some reason. Like in this case where there are two contradictory thoughts put in the same sentence. Let me try and explain. As humans we always tend to chase our desires with a lot of angst, put our foot down and sand say, “I love it and It’s going to be with me forever.”  I think that there are two opposing elements in this sentence too. Why? Because the statement has a tinge of violence in it and is also talking about love at the same time. Like the famous J. Krishnamurthy quote goes “Where there is violence there is no love.” So when I say “having a heart to let go of something you love” it does not mean that you ‘want’ to let it go, it means you don’t mind if you have to let it go for some reason. Basically when you are unable to let go of the things you own, you are not owning it, the things are owning you instead. So, the next time you think you love or own something, have a heart to let it go as well.

My 90 minuter film, my new baby!

Sorry folks, haven’t been getting time to post on this blog for a long time, but the truth is that something exciting has caught my mind which is keeping the writer in me busy, really busy. Just like a new born baby is everything for its guardians, my new script is special for me.

I have a group of friends who think that films can be made over weekends and on holidays and one does not necessarily have to go by the rules, grind your back and “struggle” in the industry (typical term used by big directors in India) for several years to make a film.

What we believe is that monetary benefits should not ideally be the only motivation to create art. The motivation should also be to vent out what you have to say about something that intrigues you/ interests you/ makes you immensely happy/ disgusts you, through your form of art. If there is truth and conviction in what you have to say there will be an audience who will support and find you for sure.

Not that I am a very successful filmmaker or something, In-fact I have made some ok, some not so good and some shitty short films before, but I am just learning and trying my level best to make good films, my way, by doing an interesting writing day job to pay my bills and working on my films on weekends and holidays.

The film basically will try to explore the dual and corrupt nature of human beings in a funny way. I have finished 55 minutes of my first draft and the good part is that I am extremely lucky to have some really talented actors on board who are also wonderful writers. I am aiming to finish the first draft by 14th May 2014 and then will start taking inputs from my actors to work on the 2nd draft. Let’s see how it goes, all we can do is try.  I will keep updating you about the developments. Cheers!

Break

Commercial breaks are indeed very irritating, especially when you are in the middle of watching an intense movie on TV. Also machines tend to take some time to start functioning in its best form when it is started after a break of few days. But when it comes to human psychology, it’s completely the opposite. The human brain gets tired of monotonous or routine activities and is always looking for something exciting, which is different from what we generally do on a day-to-day basis. A simple break for the human brain can do wonders according to me, which could be anything, a physical break or even a mental break. What it does is, it breaks the series of thoughts that emerge inside you and offers you another starting point to think over things afresh. That’s the reason why we get a whole new perspective about something that you had thought about before the break. The basic point I am trying to make is if you think you are angry at something, take a break (watch some football maybe) and come back to the thought after a while. You might end up laughing at the reason why you got angry at the first place. If you are still angry then you are probably really angry and need to talk to someone. I am here! :)

How are you?

Now that I have realised that at-least someone is reading my blog posts, just curious to know how you are doing. Hope you are smiling and not worrying about that dog which spoiled your garden. Hope you are enjoying your beer and not cribbing about your empty plate that had something to munch onto. Hope you are not in a rush to zip through this blog post and zip through the next one after this. The point I wanted to make was that the question “How are you?” has lost its beauty today. Today, it’s sadly, just a formal way to start a conversation. Even kids are taught to ask people the same question and answer back by saying “I am fine”. I can’t remember the last time when someone asked me “How are you?” and not follow it up with something else or at-least make an attempt to listen to your answer carefully. Today I just want to know how you are doing and trust me I don’t want anything else from you. Feel free to answer and don’t restrict your answers to just an “I am fine” :)