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July 2014

My filmi week

Lights, Camera, Action!

So, every now and then, like buses, things happen in quick succession in my life. Historically, it’s things like not seeing friends for a while then seeing them three times in a week or not going to a certain part of London then having to go there twice in a week. Well, a couple of weeks back through a chain of events I ended up having quite a ‘filmi’ week.

With not much planned, I was set for a week of work and home and not much else in between. Then Tuesday afternoon I get a call from Daisy, ‘Do you wanna go see the new Transformers film in the Disney cinema, this evening?’. Having missed the last couple of opportunities due to work commitments I wasn’t going to miss out on the chance to get inside Disney head office and watch this film in an exclusive theatre. I wrapped up and headed to Hammersmith. Once through security I got shown around the offices of Disney and they are everything you’d expect and more. Floor to ceiling posters from the films, teddies, action figures on every desk and walls, Disney soundtracks being played in the lifts, it was like a Disney Museum.

We then went into a very comfortable, intimate cinema room with a huge screen. The film was action packed with dinosaurs and robots and after two hours forty it was quite exhausting. Because of the size of the screen and intimacy of the room size the 3D effects we so impactful and powerful. I’ve been inspired for the future cinema room in our house!

The following day, still buzzing from my Disney experience I got a message asking to meet some friends at BFI (British Film Institute) at Southbank. With the sun blazing I didn’t need many excuses to agree. Samir, friend and reason why I have done so much British Asian performing arts in my life, met in the bar where 10 years earlier we had first met when we were promoting Aamir Khan’s film Lagaan with a nationwide book launch.

He told me he was there to see Farhan Akhtar, famous Bollywood actor and director. I thought he meant in some arty film but he actually meant in person at the London Asian Film Festival Q&A session, and he had spare tickets for us to join if we wanted. Even though I don’t rant about Farhan Akhtar like I do with other celebs, he has a always been closely linked with my life. After Dil Chahta Hai, his first film, I openly confessed my crush on Preity Zinta to the world. The remake of Don with my hero Shah Rukh Khan, became not only a great film but the theme song was the song I walked into my wedding with and most recently, Zindagi Na Milege Dobara, will be a constant reminder of our trip to Tomatina.

Not only did we get to see this very funny, humble, creative and successful actor, producer, director talk about his incredible life, supported by some great stories and clips from those films, we did it from the second row, meters away from him. Having moved to London we have had less time to watch long Bollywood films but he reminded me why I love Bollywood so much and made me vow to watch more.

If Tuesday and Wednesday weren’t film packed enough I still had a 60th Birthday party to attend on Saturday which had an Amitabh Bachchan and his leading ladies theme. My uncle whos party it was is a huge Bachchan fan, and this theme was a really good idea rather than a generic Bollywood theme. After lots of research I realised unlike others it would be difficult for me to look like the great man so Daisy and I picked a famous film, Naseeb and decided to go as Hema Malini and Johnny. I may have cheated and bought a mask but it ended up being the talk of the night with lots of pictures being photo bombed with the mask. It was great to see how others perceive and interpret Bollywood and bring it life. It’s amazing how people reacted when I had the mask on, imagining I was him and dancing with me like I was him, I can’t imagine what the actual Bachchan would have to go through every day.

Considering I wasn’t planning on doing much that week I ended up having a great week of experiences which reminded me why I love films and especially those Bollywood ones. I look forward to the next experiences the universe decides to send my way.

Happy Reading!


Below are a couple of pics from that week..








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World Cup Wonders

So this year’s World Cup has been one of the few that I will remember. As a passive football fan it’s normally only International matches such at the World Cup that I really get involved in watching and follow.

It’s pretty obvious to say that even though I didn’t support England whole heartedly because of their poor performance, early exit and the fact I had Argentina in the sweepstake, I was hoping for a Brazil win in their home country.

The last World Cup I really remember is Italia 90 which was based on raw emotions and each match had an excitement about it. The fact that this final and that final has the same teams is merely coincidence.

The reason I will remember this is because of the hype around it, the great football but mainly the pain we all endured in Brazil’s humiliating defeat. We don’t need to re-discuss the hundreds of comments made about that sad day where we all saw our mate get repeatedly punched in the face by the school bully but it reminded me of the power of Football and the emotions involved in it.

So as the players take the pitch I ‘Wonder’ who will win this year, we’ll talk about it tomorrow and in most cases it will be forgotten on Tuesday as it’s not England but this world cup will be one that I remember for a long time. Also, if I win the sweepstake it’ll be the first win I’ve had on a competition where I’ve put money on it!

Come on Argentina! (Random I know)!

Happy Watching!



A Year! REALLY has it been that long?

I’m back…With a new found love to share all the great experiences and  thoughts I’m having and going through, to hopefully introduce you to something new,  provoke some ideas and raise some questions. 

Last time I wrote a post was over a year ago which is a reflection of how many things both Daisy (my wife) and I have been through.  We’ve moved city, houses twice, new jobs,  touched three continents, met some very influential people and experienced lots of new food,  drink and fun places to go.

I have a draft of a blog that I started to write through our trip to India but have been unable to complete it. It’s actually more of a book than a short story,  so I’m drawing a line under it and starting again with short sharp posts which I can write on my half hour trips into work.

I look forward to some great online engagement with my friends.

Happy Reading!

(I’m now at peace with signing of with just my initial! Plus life’s moving quickly these days! )

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