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Lack of Focus on the Core Thing and Dream Stealers

Lack of Focus on the Core Thing

When I was in a job (believe me, one of the finest moments in life is when you deliberately make the word “JOB” a past tense never to make it present again), I was in Business Analytics division where writing business reports after statistically analyzing the market research or transactional data was a part of my job. I had a Manager who used to review my work and do you know what he used to focus on checking almost 90% of the times? The formatting, not the content, not the analysis as such but the formatting! No, my formatting was not bad, it had nothing to do with that. Strange as it might seem but so is the case with most of the people! We just seem to forget the core thing. When you ask someone that you have to give a speech on say a particular topic and how to make the speech effective, most people would suggest things on how to speak, how to pronounce, how to move your hands but very few, who are real intellectuals will tell you to focus mainly on the content of the speech!

Not surprisingly, similar is the case in case of film acting, ask any fool what do you require to become an Actor in Bollywood, and they would talk about looks, styling, energy, physique, 6packs, dance etc. but it’s amazing how only a few would tell that you need to keep gaining mastery over acting! I don’t say that the other aspects are not important but I strongly believe that if one is a good actor, he can pull off other things but if you’re a bad actor, you can’t pull most of the part of a film. Amitabh is by no means a good dancer but he can pull off all dancing sequences, Aamir is so chocolaty but he pulled off Sarfarosh due to his acting, Will Smith who is a black guy not considered good looking traditionally but he can act as dude in Hitch and also as a poor half bald guy in The Pursuit of Happyness.
Never get distracted from the core thing, sometimes the most obvious common sense thing gets the least attention. I’m sure all those actors who do not focus on acting would never be another Amitabh Bachchan or a Will Smith, they will always be just another actor or at the max just another star!

Dream Stealers

Benjamin Franklin said “Most people die at the age of 25 while they are buried at the age of 75” emphasizing the loss of dreams and getting into rut race by 25. I believe dreaming big should be a necessity and dreaming small is a sin! However, I’m quite sure that people who try to steal your dream are the biggest sinners on this Earth, they should be given capital punishment on the streets! Ha ha ha, you might be thinking I’m too hot headed, yes, I am in these matters. If you can’t inspire someone, at least do not demotivate. IF someone says we can’t produce a movie we want on our terms, the answer was very precise and very correct – “How do you know? Are you a Financier?” I add to that, even if are a Financier, can you read the minds of all the potential Financiers whom we would contact? So why the hell don’t you just shut up. Someone rightly said that God should have prejudged whom to give a mouth and whom not to.
If you can pull a dreamer up, do it. If you can’t or you believe that the dream can’t be fulfilled, ask yourself – can you say that the dream can’t be fulfilled with 100% surety? If you’ve even a little gray matter in your brain, you would know that almost always your answer would be No, you can’t! Then keep your negative thoughts to yourself. As I’ve written in the “About Me” column, I believe in the power of possibilities and the power of dreams is just unbelievable – anything is possible if the dream is strong enough, you always can’t always gauge how strong the other person’s dream is. So, inspire all dreamers around you and enjoy!



What will my blogs be about now?

I reached Mumbai on 9th January. 9 is my lucky number and as per Cheiro, people born on 3 precise dates of an year – 27th March, 9th April and 18th April – have extremely strong effect of number 9 in their life. Well I do not believe in it so much, but it is interesting. In fact, the train had to reach Mumbai on 8th but was over 12 years late and finally reached on 9th! Does that proof something? Hardly but it’s interesting for sure to take a note of every 9th, 18th and 27th of every month and tell stories ;)!
I’m staying here at my loving and caring Chacha-Chachi’s sweet home in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. I’ve started fixing appointments and meeting people who can help us directly or indirectly to arrange funds for our film.
In March 2009, Matte, Nikhil and I sat for about a month everyday full day long and wrote a film story. After that I wrote the Screenplay and Dialogues and resigned from my job after it was done. the film’s name is “Time Nahin Hai” (or TNH) and believe, it is an exceptional and an impactful and entertaining script! I’m in Mumbai to look for funding for this film TNH. In this film there are two lead roles, one of a young guy which I would play and one of 50+guy which some star would play, that’s the plan for now.

I’ll write my blogs about my journey to enter Bollywood without any connections at all! I always wanted to know in detail how exactly Amitabh Bachchan struggled in his early days or how SRK struggled – not the famous story but the precise details of their meetings and getting roles and everyday thing. I’m not saying I would become SRK or Big B but I can say that I would be no less than anybody in the Hindi Film Industry till date! Arrogant, Overconfident, Abhi samajh nahin hai ki hazaron log yehi soch ke Mumbai aate hain aur wapas chale jaate hain, koi Amitabh ki aulad hai tu kya, Hrithik jaisa hunk samajhta hai apne aapko kya, Shahid jaisa dance karte ho, Amitabh jaisi aawaz hai, SRK jaisa style aur energy hai, bahut mushkil hai aasan mat samjho, bahut dekhein hain aisi batein karney waale, Salman jaisi body hai, 6 packs abs bhi nahin hai aur baat karte ho, 4 crores kya mazak hai, kyun koi itna paisa lageyga naye actor aur pe ho hi nahin sakta, stars ki hi filmein chalti hain bhai, teenage time se 8 years ka acting experience hai to kya hua sirf acting se nahin hota…..blah blah blah blah blah, all the things that any ignorant non-high-achiever would say. As Sachin says – Let my bat do the talking, I say let me show the world what is possible through focus, planning, discipline and belief! Let me begin with my first steps and notice the baby steps, you’ll be able to judge whether Honhar Beervaan Ke Hot Chikne Paat mere liye suited hai ya nahin! But guys, at least encourage, every fool can discourage and tell you why it can’t be done but only a winner looks at how it can be – all things are difficult before they are easy! Let’s begin the journey in Bollywood knowing nobody at all in the industry, is it possible to be a lead actor in a Bollywood and that too this year itself? Let’s watch, this is [LIVE], get set go…

Who am I?

I’m Ashish Lal. By education, I’m a B.Tech. from IIT Delhi but presently I’m an Actor and am also heading a film production company. Strange, it might seem, but that’s the way it is. People ask me why film acting after IIT or did you not waste 4 years there? My only answer is “you never know when you realize your life’s most passionate dream…when I did, should I have looked at those 4 years gone by or those 80years left! Anyways, you can contribute much more to the world or country if you do what you’re passionate about and not what you did when you had no clue about your real passion in life.” What do you say?
My stint with theater started few years back when I went for my 1st role in a play in IIT Delhi’s Fachcha Skit during the 14 days Freshers “Interaction Period”. I was supposed to do Tommy Dogfood ad by mimicking dogs of Bollywood stars, yes, not Bollywood actors but dogs of their actors! There were thousands of guys jam packed in Seminar Hall. At IIT D, there is a cut-throat competition among hostels and any kind of hooting was prevalent. When I went on stage with a board on which was written “Tommy Dogfood”, other hostels (I was in Vindhyachal Hostel) guys started hooting “Kutte Saale Kutte Dog Bhag Ja Yahan Se”. I laugh today but that was the 1st time I was in a play, a teenager kid straight out from 12th standard thrown in front of thousands of “insensitive” IITans, you can imagine what would have been my mental state. Anyways, I mimicked Dev Anand’s Kutta and suddenly hooting almost stopped. Then I mimicked Mithun Da’s Kutta. Everyone clapped and there was a pin drop silence. Someone tried to hoot but I remember several guys saying “Abe chup chup, sun sun kya ho raha hai”. That was enough to boost my confidence. Next I mimicked Shahrukh Khan’s Kutta and everyone clapped and then again pin drop silence. This went on and on till I finished after about 5min. Applause, applause, nobody had ever seen such a mimicry of dogs. I had never heard more claps in my life before, never!
There was no looking back. I went on to do several plays of professional standards for sure and went on getting less and less marks (read CGPA) in the exams. I became Cultural Secretary and then House Secretary, wrote several plays, directed quite a few (also won “The Best Director of IIT Delhi” award in my 1st play) and acted in number of plays. Many told me that finally what counts is the CGPA and you’ve in fact wasted 4 years of your life. Now I look back and see why this Universe conspired me to do whatever I did. 2 months in the job and I knew that my calling in life is films and nothing in the world! I really feel gratitude for the Universe to let me realize my passion in life which many people die not even coming close to realizing. I planned so that I could be financially stable enough to quit job. Finally after working for over a couple of years in the corporate world, on 24th July, 2009, I celebrated my Independence Day! Today I am partner in a film production company and now am ready to go for the kill – become Lead Actor in Bollywood this year itself in 2010 in our first feature film!
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