Rajshri’s River of Hope

Most of us, when we read social media posts about a natural calamity like drought, we click angry-face LIKE and hit ‘Share NOW’, perhaps with a dark comment about government inefficiency. Some of us donate money. Very few volunteer time with an NGO. My friend Rajshri Deshpande went a step further: last month, she set […]

ShahRock: Chennai Express Avatar

Many, many years ago, I had created a cartoon character called Shah Rock for my friend, actor Shah Rukh Khan. Someday, we both hoped, we could do a live action + animation movie starring Shah Rukh and Shah Rock. Over the years, I have updated Shah Rock in the many movie avatars of Shah Rukh. […]

Turn On Your Star Light

So here’s what I experienced last night: Travelling by private jet. Check. Police escort and bouncers. Check. Being chauffeured in a Rolls Royce Phantom. Check. Partying with people considered legends. Check. Twelve thousand screaming fans. Check. Not many of us experience the superstar life, let alone all in one evening, but I did when I […]

The Silent Movie Star

I have written on this blog in the past about my concern with regards the negativity on Twitter*, and last month, it claimed a victim in actor Shah Rukh Khan who went off Twitter indefinitely. A piece I wrote about this aspect of social media, especially connected with Bollywood, was carried by the Mumbai Mirror […]

Honoring the Impulse

“Congratulations, you have arrived!” A friend sent me this message when he saw me on KBC (the Indian version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’) with actors Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Amitabh Bachchan. As I marveled at the many layers of unintended irony in his comment, even I wondered how I got […]

RIP Yash Chopra

These days, the Indian film Industry seems to remind me every few weeks about the impermanence and urgency of Life. Yesterday, I attended the chautha (fourth day funeral rites) of an old film industry colleague, and this evening we got the shocking news that 80-year-old Yash Chopra – perhaps the greatest director-producer in Indian cinema […]