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15
Dec

Dreams do come true!

Today is an emotional day for me. Even though not coming from a rich, political or filmy background, the dream to enter Bollywood as a Lead Actor has finally come true! It has been possible due to support of so many people and obviously the key guys are – Matte and Manav – without whom this would have never been possible! We 3 don’t have any Godfather, we’re Godfathers to each other for entry into Bollywood :).Just reached Delhi from Mumbai. My Mummy-Papa also reached Delhi today coming all the way from Asansol, West Bengal, to watch their son on the silver screen. My best friend Sanjay flew from Bangalore to watch 1st day 1st show with us. Just came home in a taxi from airport with the two most caring, best friends and the most loving human beings anybody can know – Sanjay Shukla and Ashutosh Matela. Poor Manav couldn’t come as life is too hectic these days and he had to be there to manage things in Mumbai – sadly his tickets had to be cancelled. Hugged him while catching an auto to the airport in Mumbai and said “Kuch bhi ho film ka fate Manav, hit ya flop, humne kar dikhaya, cheers to that spirit!”. You could see the emotions in his eyes, all the struggles and pain of 1.5years could be seen getting washed away by the sense of achievement!

Am blessed to have such wonderful people around. On Facebook, hundreds of people are literally praying for us. You can feel their excitement and emotions when they wish you luck. Right now, while I write this, my eyes get wet – I’ve got calls from friends with whom I’ve never chatted for a decade saying that “I’m proud of you Ashish”. Several comments expressing their pride and inspiration are so heartwarming that words succumb while trying hard to express the feelings. I don’t know whether I’m worthy of all that or not but I know one thing that even if I’m not right now, I’ll be and will eventually not let anyone down. So much love to someone who’s hardly known to the world feels magical. It’s not just words and emotions, even financially, about 70middle class people have shelled out their hard earned incomes and savings (from individual contribution of 25k to 22lacs) for our dreams and then cynics say people are selfish, no they aren’t, there are enough large hearted people in this beautiful world! I can’t begin to explain how priceless this feeling is. I can’t even begin to explain how much your support means to me – I can’t write more than a thank you or a few more words but the feelings of thankfulness and love are infinite. I really wish and pray that I don’t let you down when you watch WITH LOVE, DELHI! today.

When you begin with a big dream, it’s so exciting and it seems once you reach it, the entire world will change. However, to reach to a big dream, it takes so much effort, pain and time that you are more in a controlled state by that time than in a crazy excited state. That’s what is the condition right now – I’m not on the top of the world, I’m calm, a little excited, a little stressed, a little peaceful and very emotional. I don’t know whether public will like this film or not, whether the critics will praise or criticize it or whether it will be a hit or a flop – I’m too close to the film to objectively judge these aspects, especially after having seen the film scores of time. If the film is a hit, well then, I’ll be a celebrity signing bigger films after films and moving towards my bigger dreams in life. If the film is a flop, I very well know myself – I’ll be tensed for a few days, very tensed, won’t be able to sleep for several nights, all the while trying to figure out what went wrong and then within a couple of weeks, I’ll on ready to walk, ready to run and at a pace which will get me where I want to in the time I want to. Nothing is impossible, that’s a phrase my Mummy-Papa gave me to my subconscious, not million dollars, not political or celebrity mileage but a thought which has the power to take me way ahead of many who have all these. Several times I say this but would repeat it once again, lines from one of my favourite movies Shawshank Redemption – “Red, hope is a good thing, may be the best of things, and no good thing ever dies!” Whether you noticed it or not, this is actually said to me “Red” :). Struggles never end nor do I want them to, all the sense of achievement and the learning is because we had to struggle a hell lot, those who did not have to struggle did not learn as much for sure. I’m sure of one thing – I’ll never ever find a “reason” for not achieving my dreams, I’ll always and ruthlessly label all of those so called “reasons” as “excuses” and when you do that, you always move on till you achieve your dreams! Keep dreaming, keep achieving, cheers!

Eagerly waiting to watch myself and our labour of love for the 1st time on the silver screen with my friends and family, with all those who love me unconditionally. Bless all!

WITH LOVE,
      RED!

 

7
Dec

Theatrical Trailer and Songs of WITH LOVE, DELHI!

Making a theatrical trailer, especially for a thriller, is no easy job. The primary reason why I would want to watch a movie is because of the theatrical trailer, more than the publicity and more than the stars involved. This makes editing a trailer all the more difficult. In 2 min flat you need to grab attention of the viewers who are overloaded with trailers and promos on TV and internet. Hope we’ve been able to come close to making an engaging trailer – we’ve got tremendous positive feedback on this trailer, hope you like it too. Here it goes:

Then comes the value of songs. Obviously, India is a “musical” country – whereas many people just criticize the song and dance sequences in our film, I think they’re beautiful and they make us unique. One 5min song can cover a thousand scenes. Obviously when songs are stuffed for no reason then it doesn’t make any sense. We decided on not being illogical and hence had only 2 songs in our 97min slick film – one background song and the other a promotional music video.

Here goes our promotional music video sung by the superstar singer Shaan and Sarika. This is a 3D Live Animation Music Video and anybody who understands the detailing and the work involved in making such a video would know its worth. It is a matter of courage for the Director, Ashutosh Matela, to even think of making such a video. Yes, it’s pretty costly video and it took 8months of intensive work by Matte and his huge team to make this possible. Hope you like it.

Here goes the video of the background song – Catch Me If U Can. This rock song has been sung by the ultimate rockstar Suraj Jagan who had sung superhits like Give me some sunshine (3 Idiots), Zehreley Zehreley (Rock On!!), Jaa Chudail (Delhi-Belly) and so on and so forth. Catch the video here.

However, the above video is only for partial song. The guitar parts in the song which really sets the tone for rock music is missing in the video. Here goes the complete audio of the song beautifully composed by the Music Director Sanjoy Chowdhury. Lyrics for both the songs have been written by Amitabh Varma who had written beautiful lyrics for songs like Alvida Alvida (Life in a Metro) etc.

 

6
Dec

You’ve the Heart of God!

Several times in our life we hear this quote – “A friend in need is a friend indeed!”. And then you listen to seemingly cynical statements that people can help you in any way but not with their hard earned or even “soft” earned money :). Right? Obviously both the quote and the cynical statement are correct but that’s what make the people extra special and great who not just supported us emotionally but also financially – all of them giving us their hard earned middle class income for our dreams – some even took huge personal loans for us, can you believe it? It is indeed a matter of extreme happiness and obligation that so many people believed in us and invested not just in our movie but also in our dreams! No return of money, even return with interest, would ever be enough to thank them for what they’ve done. If you don’t believe this, try arranging a few lacs for your “new” business venture through your friends and relatives only and then you’ll know what I mean. Manav, Matte and I arranged a few crores through only our friends and relatives and we’re so thankful that so many people believed in us – some invested 25thou to some 22lacs but bit by bit, it added to a huge amount which made the film possible.

When you see our film WITH LOVE, DELHI! on 16th December, it starts with thanking all these people. If there’s someone called God, HE’ll bless all of you with all that you want in life and we’ll always be there for you, even when we make it big in this Big Bad Bollywood (just kidding, for me, the film industry is nothing less than Utopia whatever the cynics might say).

Here goes the list of those lovely people with heart of God, God bless you all!*

DEEPTI ASHUTOSH MATELA
ASHOK KUMAR VIGG & RENU VIGG
JAGIR SINGH JANDU & KASHMIR SINGH JANDU
BIMAL NARANG
SANJAY SHUKLA
KAUSHAL CHAUDHURY
VARUN & PRIYANKA GIRDONIA
NEEMA MATELA & SHER SINGH MATELA
MANISH BHOJ
VAIBHAV & SILKY KUSHWAH
SIMANTO SINGH
MANSI MATELA
MANOJ KUMAR & SANGEETA
JASWANT SINGH
SHIPRA LAL PRAKASH & SUDHENDU PRAKASH
AJAY KUMAR & KUMUD RANI
SAURABH MATHUR
RAJIV KUMAR SINHA
KISHORE GAM TAID
VISHAL BANSAL
SHOBHIT SINGHAL
AVTAR SINGH
SUSHEEL NAWAL
VIKAS KUMAR & ARCHANA
SIGRA SHARMA
ADITYA KUMAR SINGH
MAHIPAL SINGH MEHTA
LATE MR. SANJAY KUMAR
ANITA PERIWAL
RAVI SINGH MEHRA
SAURABH MEHRA
AKHILESH PATEL
REEMA MAHAJAN GUPTA
SAURABH PANIGRAHY
AMARJEET SINGH
AARTI KAPUR
SHIVEK RANJAN
ANIL MONGA
NEHA JOSHI
GAURAV & SHOBHNA ARORA
GAURI SHANKAR LAL & CHETANA LAL
JITENDRA SHARMA
PIYUSH BHARGHAVA
LATE MR. SAHDEO NARAYAN LAL
ANUPAM KUMAR & GAYATRI
SHWETA & SACHIN
SUDHIR BHOJ
VISHAL CHANDRA
NISHANT GUPTA
YASH GUPTA
TANYA SINGHAL
SUMIT RAMBANI
AMIT SETHI
MANISH JAISWAL
SULABH PANSARI
DHRUV JAIN
DARSHANA BAGHEL
DHRUV GUPTA
TANUJ BANSAL
AKSHUN GULATI
PARIJAT RATHORE
AMIT DHIR
KIRTI MALIK
SEEMA KUMAR & RASHMIMAN
SHIKHA LAL & BALA SUBRAMANIAN

* All those who’ve invested in our movie for 6months or more are mentioned here

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