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The End is Near.

Seems like yesterday when I was sent the Ankhon Dekhi script to audition for Rita’s role. That never happened but the Assistant work did. How I ran to Goa after the first schedule and was mocked by @karma_lies and @wraith_ness for bringing the script along. I have a brain that’s a sieve. So memory is a big problem. At least I know that and know how to work with that – read everything more often and write everything down. So while they read Taming of the Shrew etc, my reading material consisted solely of the script. I miss that. The view of the beach, a fruity liquid breakfast and the AD script to read. I’m obviously being sentimental and focussing on this when actually it was a small part of the whole holiday.

Gosh! It’s not even over yet, and I already know how terribly I’ll miss some people. Anyway, can’t wait to see what new adventures await.


The Yedi AD


Lull After the Storm

So a scene spread over 3 nights is over. Everyone was sort of dreading it and it all went off very well. There was yelling and ego hurting but it’s over and the results seem good. So, there it is – the business of filmmaking. After that intense time today felt a little, dare i say, dull. I’m craving that chaos again, minus the tongue lashings of course. It’s no secret that I don’t think very highly of myself but i think i did well. Sometimes all you can do is be a trooper. Actually, that’s possibly the only way you can do this work.

Oh! I got to act too. Again, not very impressed with myself. My professor would be so disappointed. I don’t know if anything will make it to the final product but if it does I hope it never looks like an AD was asked to “go stand there.”

Only 10 more days till the last day of shoot. 4th is a holiday and I’m really looking forward to going home. Then, I’m looking forward to going somewhere far and sandy and perfect.

hope to post something again on the 4th.


The Yedi AD

What’s in a Name?

Turns out we might be renaming our film. That kind of makes my blog title redundant. That was my first thought. Yes, terribly selfish of me. Anyway 3 nights of shooting await us. So no time to mull over this. Preparing for all-nighters since yesterday by sleeping all day. Went home and woke up only to eat and feed the cats. Genius. Tons of extras to work with for the next 3 nights so fully prepared for chaos and commotion.

Let’s get this show started!



At Work We Play

No need to say that when someone works as an AD it’s to learn about the process of making movies. So it was thrilling for me that Rafey sir started a game with me that’s just between the two of us. I joined the project because I wanted to see, not only how the production works, but also if i have a good idea of execution. And seems like I do. I have extreme regard for Rafey sir’s work so if he thinks I get the essence of what the scene should be, I think I’m good. As plagued by self doubt I am, I have to say I’m pretty confident about where the heart of a scene lies. I really cannot thank him enough for how important and dare i say, talented, he makes me feel.


The Yedi AD


Not to be dramatic but seems one of the things that takes the biggest hit on set are your trust issues. The very people you help and work with and consider friends throw you under a bus and turn you into a subject of gossip. Did that make you look good or feel good, darling? good for you. happy to help.

I would imagine that experienced people know who’s who and what’s what. The only thing you can do in such situations is either ask for a department shift or in my case, do the work as usual even if it irritates people and beyond that say Ram Ram. Though it does help infinitely when people with donkey’s years in the business come up to you personally and say you’re doing a good job.

So just take what you should. The rest is nothing but white noise.

Little song dedicated to all my fellow worker bees. You’re awesome and let no one tell you otherwise.


The Yedi AD

Break 3

So my roommate has gone home for the night and I’m all by myself in the hotel room. Chocolates, Chris Martin and a little souvenir from Goa are all that are keeping me company. I’m surprised that we’re almost done with March and it’s going to be all over, at least for me, by April 11.

I wish I could share more about the shoot and the movie. But it’s all hush hush for a while. Can just say that at times it’s really tough but usually it’s like a masterclass in filmmaking; a completely different approach from what I expected or have seen till now.

It’s not all peaches and cream though.

Anyway, I’m calling it a night. Mr Martin’s soothing voice is acting like a side effect-free Ambien.



The Yedi AD

Day 43 – Spring is in the air

The break mentioned in the previous blog was to give our location a feeling of Spring. Will get to see the outcome tomorrow. Am just about to leave home and head back to the hotel. Got a lot of work done. EG: filling forms for the Tajik visa so that I can see my sister after 11 months! i just realised it’s been 11 months since i last saw her. wow. Well, the wait’s almost over now. A roadtrip to Uzbekistan is on the cards too. Should be fun. So that visa also has to be dealt with.

After this 2-day break, i’m super charged and looking forward to starting work again. See you next time from the hotel.


The Yedi AD

PS: technically this is nowhere near ‘Day 43’. It’s more like Day 54 but i’ve been behind and so consider this ‘Post 43.’