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Posted: August 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

A post worth a read !! — Some insights over Casting Couch issues.

Bollywood Journalist

pip-on-the-red-couch-photoshoppedWhen I wrote my last blog there was an uproar from a section of my readers who insisted the casting couch indeed exists in Bollywood.

Yes it does!

The rebuttals prompted me to issue a clarification with the earlier blog as an update to tell you that the casting couch doesn’t exist in A-grade Bollywood films – the films that everybody wants to be a part of.

Roughly any film that has a mounting cost of Rs 10 crores (the cost of shooting and post-production minus the actors’ fees and publicity budget) come under this bracket. Basically, all the Bollywood big releases come under this bracket and sadly, there is no way that you can get into these films through the casting couch route. But now that’s a different story.

Today we will talk about the casting couch that actually exists in Bollywood. All my dear readers, who have pointed out to…

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College ke Din – A song composed by Chiranjiv Rajan and Neal Jain for all the NM-ites, sang for the first time on the farewell day – February 23, 2013.

Whether I talk about love marriages or arranged, it’s a question to think if all those factors are present in that relation which will be a driving force to make that relation work.  By driving force, I mean to say if there is a chemistry and compatibility between them, if there is respect, trust and commitment in the relationship, if both the partners are willing to shoulder post-marriage responsibilities and above all if there is ‘love’ that’s binding the two together and not ‘an external force’ or ‘lust’!
Marriages are made in heaven but they aren’t as beautiful as heaven. Things do fall apart and turn bitter and marriages do break, be it love or arrange! But who is to be blamed for this? The marriage? No, not at all! It’s the absence of the ‘Driving force’ that I call.
When I compare the two types of marriage, I would firmly declare that arranged marriages, in our country usually happen within a short span of time and thus leaving very little time for the couple to know and understand each other. And unfortunately, by the time they really begin to know each other, understand each other’s pros and cons, good and bad habits and strength and weaknesses, they have already tied the knot! Such is the case where everything in a marriage gets messed up as before they could understand what they could expect from their soul mates, they blindly took a vow to be with each other for life.
On the other hand, a plus point that I see in a love marriage is that, in today’s fragmented India, one of the remedies to unite it is ‘National Integration’ at home! As arranged marriages are fixed by our elders, they tend to find a mate within their own religion, caste or sub-caste.  While love being blind, not being able to see the barriers of religion, caste or creed, binds not only two people but also their culture, their religion and their traditions. Not only does the couple have respect and tolerance for each other’s religion but also their kids would develop tolerance, faith and respect for both. Their infants would benefit of being bi-lingual and twin-cultured. These kind of marriages are one of the strongest hopes to make our country one and besides love marriage brings cohesion in the family and provides better environment for the growth of children.
In a country like India, where freedom exists just for namesake, love marriages would give the youth to exercise their right of ‘freedom of choice’ and I believe one knows their wants and desires the best. I also feel that love marriage helps the parents from escaping the guilt if they fail to choose a right mate for their children.
For all these reasons, I side love marriages more than arranged, but at the same time, I also believe that marriage is a decision that changes your entire life and therefore one needs to put in serious thinking and make a sane decision while choosing their mate.
This Post has been exclusively written for IndiBlogger’s Contest by Sony Entertainment Television for their new upcoming show – Love Marriage ya Arranged Marriage
This post has been copied from my old blog for I wanted to share this article to all of you, an article which also fetched me runner up prize in the above mentioned contest. 😀

That beautiful smile …

Posted: October 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Lecture is on …

Me: I will concentrate, I will concentrate, I will concentrate (looks around before looking at board and finds that girl behind with the most beautiful smile again), No No No, Don’t look back, I will concentrate, I will concentrate ..

Mind: But listen, look at her, may be she won’t smile again afterwards, oh forget the reasons, just look back (and getting successful in making my head turn to that side)

Me: No No No, she may notice me and think I am staring. Let it be. Look ahead, I any ways don’t understand this chapter.

Mind: I know chapter is more important, and that you need to concentrate but imagine you are stranded with her in a lift, and she has a smile ..

Me: WAAITTTT .. Why would she smile when we are stranded in a lift? WAITTT .. The scene itself sounds cheap.

Mind: ok, sorry sorry. Imagine everyone is absent and only you and her come. You both talk and she laughs and enjoys.

Me: hmmm .. That is nice. Her smile :’) … One minute, No !! .. How can 198 people be absent? Don’t bug me, and let me concentrate on the chapter.

Mind: I know chapter is more important. I won’t disturb you now.

(10 seconds later, something professor says and class laughs)

Mind: LOOK BACK LOOK BACK .. She is laughing !!

Me: Arrghh, Stop it, let me do this sum.

Mind: It will take just a second, look back, how can you miss such a beautiful sight?

Me: Okay, last time (looks back, and wastes minutes before realizing that others may realize where my eyes are). NOW, I saw, let me concentrate.

Mind: Nice no? So cute she looks. So beautiful her smile is.

Me: Yessss, trust me .. I am surely going to talk to her in the break.

Mind: That dimple on her face, that mesmerizing thing .. wow

Me: Yes. I am so in love with it .. All those people sitting besides her must be so lucky !!

Mind: She surely has the best smile. So imagine, you and her going to Comedy Store.


Mind: But, …


Mind: But, she has …

Me: YES YES YES .. Her Smile .. Last time, I will look back and then concentrate, okay?

Mind: Yes, okay

(after 1 minute of her admiring her expressions which are so lovely)

Me: I will concentrate, I will concentrate (History repeats itself :-P)