Archive for June, 2009

Here’s a list of the movies that I will be covering in the book on AK. Any comments are welcome.

The films have been chosen on the basis of their impact on Hindi cinema.

So, here I go with my list…
1. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
2. Raakh
3. Dil
4. Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin
5. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
6. Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke
7. Andaz Apna Apna
8. Akele Hum Akele Tum
9. Rangeela
10. Raja Hindustani
11. Ghulam
12. Earth
13. Sarfarosh
14. Lagaan
15. Dil Chahta Hai
16. The Rising
17. Rang De Basanti
18. Fanaa
19. Ghajini
20. Taare Zameen Par
21. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na


I’d been thinking of a name for the book for sometime. But, most of the names I’d thought about got shot down by fellow strategists MR and NG.

Then, one morning when I was in the middle of meeting at work, my editor SK called. The book was going into the catalogue, and they needed to know what I’d be calling it right away.

I asked for a few minutes to gather my thoughts, and went through all the possibilities that I had arrived at. After a hurried call to NG, I confirmed to my publishers that the book would be called I’ll do it my way, with the tag line The incredible journey of Aamir Khan.

The book is called I’ll do it my way because it’s the story of Aamir – an actor who has always chosen to do things differently and on his own terms.

Some of the other titles that got shot down were:
1. On my terms
2. Do your own thing
3. I think, So I am.
4. I believe
5. I Dare
6. I Dream
7. I Dream, I Dare
8. Dare to Dream
9. Maverick

Most people seem to think that I’ll do it my way is a good title and sums up the essence of Aamir’s style. I happen to think so too.

But, there are many opinions on the tag line “The incredible journey of Aamir Khan”. My friend BS, who has been a soul mate of sorts since our college years at JNC, thinks it’s a little too pedestrian.

While I am happy with the book’s title and tag line, it’s still just a working title. So, do you have any thoughts on the title and tag line? Do you have any other ideas? You are welcome to post your comments here.

The project brief has moved one step forward now. It’s on Aamir’s manager desk now. She’s also asked me to send across a copy of Ginger Soda Lemon Pop. So my first novel is becoming important in more ways than one, and may just end up being the deciding factor.

Meanwhile, Juhi’s office seem to be finally ready for the interview. We just need to fix on the date. I am also hot on the pursuit of Indra Kumar and Aditya Bhattacharya to get some insights into the making of Dil and Raakh.

On the writing front, I’ve just finished re-watching and writing about Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin. Though it’s a copy of It Happened One Night, it’s such a wonderful movie. Portions of it remind me of the Hindi cinema of 60s, where lyricism and romance reigned supreme.

It’s also one of the finer early AK films, and by this time we are already seeing his penchant for narrowing down on the right script.

You also realise that despite their great differences, there are probably more similarities between film making in Hollywood and Bollywood.

I move over to writing about Raakh today and a general overview on Aamir’s early film making.

Raakh is a film that has always fascinated me, but that I never ended up seeing so far. I look forward to catching up on the film over the weekend.

Sometimes something’s gotta give. That’s what happened over the last two day.

After the despondence of my last post, Aamir’s secretary messaged late in the night. She finally sent me an email ID to which I could send my project brief.

I ran over the proposal that I had created to interest Om Books in the idea of a book on Aamir. But somehow, it just didn’t look right. I knew that I needed to create a customised brief, targetted at Aamir. It was the only way to interest him in the idea of the book.

So after two sleepless nights spent burning the midnight oil, the project brief was done and sent to Aamir’s secretary this morning.

At noon I checked to see if she’d got the book. She messaged back to say that she would revert.

Now, I sit back on tenterhooks. Will the project brief be good enough? Will I get a chance to interview Aamir and get his consent for the final manuscript?

I could go ahead and write the book without any of this. But who am I kidding? I know that this meeting would raise the quality of the book. If I want the book to make a genuine contribution to Indian cinema, this is the only way.

Fingers crossed. But, the wait (and the weight of it al!) is killing me.

Of course, for the record, I’ve come a long way. It was just the other day that I had no idea on how to get in touch with Aamir’s office. Today at least a proposal has reached him.

This is also the reason on why I’ve started blogging on each step of the journey. Tomorrow, when I look back, I hope that this would give me a sense of how far I have come.

Once more, wish me luck!

It’s been a hard day with the book today.

After a vacation that’s been a couple of months long, Aamir Khan is back in his office… And I spent most of the day trying to get in touch with his secretary Minaxi.

Seven unanswered calls later, scattered through course of the day alongside my day day job, I find myself feeling extremely disheartened.

The attempt for an interview with Juhi Chawla continues as well, and is still unsuccessful.

I call up my good friend and journalist NG, who has kept me motivated on the days of discouragement that have also been part of the journey. She tells me to persist. It seems that this happens to the best of journalists too. There are good days and bad days on the field.

So, for now, I get back to my writing. I hope that tomorrow will be a better day.