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Day 42 – Joy x Joy

List of reasons to be joyful today:

  • @mrrajatkapoor liked all 3 people we auditioned for Ajju’s Father.
  • The main location looks incredible after @meenal_’s art direction.
  • I get more than enough time to prep for my big interview on the 5th evening. I’m gaining a wee bit of confidence about it but I’m still mostly a nervous wreck, though only when I think about it. Thanks to the movie I have a great distraction and something bigger to focus on. Thank God for small mercies.
  • Gorged on a chocolate cake that was waiting for me when I got home.
  • I think I failed to mention this before but I’m observing Lent. So for the 40 days I’ve given up being impatient, annoyed and whining. That is going surprising well.
  • Last but not least, I saw where Akshay Kumar is shooting his next movie!! OH MY BEJEEZUS! (Yeah! i was kinda kidding about that. I’m sure it’s great and all but I’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises being shot. Nothing tops that.)

This was everything I saw today. But now I must go and work. Till the i/view is over I’m not going to be very good company. Good or bad, I need it to be over. Fine. Yes! I need it to be good. I need to nail it. Being Type A is not a choice. So just bear with me and wish me luck.

Mansi

The Yedi AD

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Day 41 – Last of the Auditions

On my way to the hotel, I came across a sea of namaazis. The entire stretch from from the Metro station to our hotel was blocked for vehicles. So I had to put my feet to work and somehow walked past this. This is the benefit of being ahead of time – you can stop and take pictures at your leisure. And as you can see here, i do that often. What a wonderful sight. Rather inconvenient but wonderful nonetheless.

Our last audition for Ajju’s Father was at 5. That’s all we could pull out from our hats. Now it’s up to Rajat to pick and choose. I don’t even know what to write about anymore. My mind’s been taken over by ‘Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close’. What a movie. Such a pleasure to watch. Given that movies and stories are subjective, one could debate the resolution endlessly. But what in my opinion is not up for debate is that it was a splendid movie. Shot to the max, the cast acted the hell out of every scene and what flawless direction. I need to go buy the book and find the final draft.

So surprised that it went under everyone’s radar all this time. The most disheartening thing has to be that, discounting myself, there were maybe 15 other people in the whole of DT audi 7. So, please catch while you still can. It is clearly not going to last long.

This was today’s very satisfactory Ankhon Dekhi. Kal dekhte hain kya hota hain.

Mansi

The Yedi AD

Day 38 – Parents

Been working to ensure that our Ajju isn’t an orphan in the film. Found some good actors who could probably fit the bill. Shout-out to our Delhi actors for helping me out with numbers and recommendations. @meenal_ is coming to Delhi tomorrow and work at the main location will begin. Location recce includes a trip to Manali. Not for me. But I am wondering if that’s a proper job, suitable for me to pursue as a career option.

Marcus, my professor at Harvard SSP emailed last night to congratulate me and wish me luck for a big interview that’s lined up soon. He’s so very gracious. Just getting a vote of approval from someone like him is such a confidence booster. I have to say, even Munish and Melvin have been so very encouraging. They have far more faith in me than I do in myself. My father’s already convinced it’s a done deal and planning what I should do before the big move. “Holiday”, he suggests, “3 months in Europe”. Do i love him or what. The exact opposite of Amrish Puri in DDLJ. I can totally see him saying, “Life’s too short, Mickey. Jaa! Jee Le Apni Zindagi.” (Go, live your life). Although all my money’s on the odds that he hasn’t even seen the film.

Anyway, now I’ll get back to finding a mother for Ajju. And then we continue with the Oscar Weekend. Till now I’ve caught Bridesmaids, Tree of Life, Moneyball, Carnage, The Artist (in that order), and tonight I watch The Iron Lady. Meryl is my hero. If i ever met her in person, I know i’d turn into Raj From TBBT.

I don’t know how i missed Tinker Tailor, Albert Nobbs and I can’t find anyone to go watch My Week with Marilyn with me. But The Help I consciously passed on. I got swept away by the vehement and unanimous reviews of my African-American friends who trashed it for being yet another film where “a nice white lady comes in to solve every n****’s problems”. I think i’ve missed out on a great performance by Viola Davis and I am a fan of Bryce Dallas as well as Amy Adams. So maybe i’ll stop being narrow minded and watch it as just a movie.

That’s Day 38 in Yedi Ad’s life. Tomorrow will start very early to catch the Oscars from the red carpet itself. I tweet incessantly on such occasions. So if you’re into that, great. Otherwise you might want to unfollow me or you’ll wake up to a TL that’s been hijacked by my tweets. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Mansi

The Yedi AD

Day 37 – Neigh!

More animal actors, more approvals. This time, a horse. A mare, rather.

It really is a small world because of all the places in Delhi we went to Friendicoes to get approvals. These are the same people who got my first paycheck from Ankhon Dekhi as a donation. They got the money because they’re uncompromising in their work. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the approvals. One of the reasons being that they charge a mini-bomb for doing the inspection and signing on the dotted line. Fair enough. But for now, we have to hold our horses and try again somewhere else.

By the way, the eyes are hunting for more actors. Specifically: Males, 50-ish, Delhi-based.

So if someone’s reading this and has an Uncle/Father/Neighbour who would be interested in auditioning for us, the email address is: ankhondekhithefilm@gmail.com.

Hope we hear from you.

Mansi

The Yedi AD

Day 34 – Auditions II?

So some more characters had to be cast for the second/main schedule. Made a list yesterday and Ankur came over to check if he likes any of them. Strangely enough, he does. I think the fact my grandma fed him oodles of Jaini food put him in a good mood. Also, the puppies he’s looking after are slowly finding homes. Touchwood. So it’s quite possible that 3 days from now the joy will wear off and he’ll reject everyone we’ve shortlisted. I still stand by some of the choices but let’s see. Maybe another round of auditions will be required.

But that’s all from today. Nothing more to report.

Mansi

The Yedi AD

DAY 2 – SOCIAL NETWORKING. IT AIN’T NOT WORKING.

I address this to people who just saw Rajat’s tweet and decided that they wanted to try their luck, and our patience. Everyone has their dreams, of course. But please, at least work towards them and make an effort to get a portfolio clicked.

Read a tweet, and send your fb pics along with picassa links. Really?? WHY?! Please understand that you’re taking time any from people who really want to be actors. It’s not a problem for me to see your 9kb pictures, but do realize people are giving up a lot to do this for a living.

But that’s just a small experience from a small fish. it’s not my life and death, it’s not even my concern. It’s a part of my job. And I love my job. Getting to find new people with true talent? That’s a great job. Because not only is it rewarding but someone did that for me and it’s only fair of me to give back. So while my patience did run thin in the middle, a cup of chai did wonders and i’m back on our email account skimming through faces with characters and their phone numbers.

I almost want to sign this off as “Mithya” because several people have addressed their replies to an entity called “Mithya”. Why? Because our emails are sent on behalf of Mithya Talkies. I guess, i’m lucky that they don’t begin with “Dear Ms Talkies”. I’m a true optimist i tell you.

See you on Day 3. With more on what was my Ankhon Dekhi.

Mansi.

The yedi AD