Monday, June 21, 2010

Reverse Transformation in 60 seconds

                               Dr. Koop                                 IK Gujral                              Rajiv Nema

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Each performance is different.......

Three months of intense rehearsals - the whole goal is to get to a point where each of us can consistently deliver our character. But come performance time, you as an actor feel very different about every single show. 6 of 7 shows for TUGHLAQ are done and I have felt different after each show. So many things can affect it: Pre-show warm-up or last minute missing prop or a fumbled dialog or even a word or just that invisible / intangible something.

You tell yourself to block all the distractions out, get in the zone, don't let little (or even major) things affect you. The players psyche themselves - you see baseball pitchers talking to themselves on the mound, football (the World kind, not the American kind) getting in each other's face, Harbhajan Singh & Shoaib Akhtar throwing profanities at each other heard by the worldwide web audience.....all to get the adrenaline going, help excelling on the job, performing above and beyond any rehearsal, practice sessions they may have. That's what we do:  on the way to the performance in the car and while getting make-up done and in the pre-show warm-up and right before stepping on the stage.....then.....

.... then.... that invisible/intangible thing hits you making or breaking the performance - in YOUR mind. The audience loves them all but YOU as a performer can rank each of the performance from top to bottom. What is that thing?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hindu, Muslims, Sikhs....... we all are ONE!

Looks are deceiving. Any of us can be anybody. Look at me! In 19 days, with the facial hair, certain kind of clothing and some accessories, I suddenly change from a Hindu "looking" guy to Muslim "looking guy". Add to that some learnt mannerisms, appropriate diction/pronunciations and you are a Muslim "sounding guy". One of the actors in TUGHLAQ is a Sardar - but cut his hair long time back.....he looks like me. I didnt know he was a sardar until he told me. Aren't Sardars supposed to be "different"? Aren't Muslims supposed to be completely opposite of Hindus? I just realized the answer - NO!

Different people at different times in our existence started drawing lines, created divisions - sometimes out of necessity and sometimes purely for power - and here we are. In different shades, different beliefs, different this and different that. It's all perception. The reality is .......

....... WE ALL ARE ONE!!!!!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

And the beard keeps on growin ....

Facial hair day #17. Longest ever these things have stayed on my face thus far....i have attempted to grow them in the past but didnt last beyond 10 days. Those things made me even more hideous. But this time......things have changed. I love it. I look so dashing that  Hrithik Roshan and Shahid Kapoor were calling me for tips. But I had to put them on hold as I was talking to someone by the name Amitabh Bachchan or something that sounded like that.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

One Year Anniversary!

On May 28, 2009 the first Indori video happened. Literally. It was a Newtonian moment. I was working from home that day. I was eating lunch around 12:30 and contemplating something - the Canon 1150s digital camera was next to the laptop and something happened. I put down the lunch plate, turned the camera towards me - in video mode - and started talking. When I ran out of words, I stopped. I reviewed the video and I couldn't stop laughing. It was as if I was listening to someone else and it was seriously funny. That's the unedited, unreahearsed, unplanned.....un-anything  Indore Video number 1.

And as they say the rest is history.
  • 40 Indori Videos 
  • 442 Subscribers
  • 3 fan clubs: 2 on Orkut, 1 on Facebook
  • .........And a 1 yr. anniversary gift from my dear wife-y:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Indori GPS - the latest Indori video

Not too many people know, but I live on the wild side. In addition, I am going through the ubiquitous mid-life crisis. My friends buy convertibles, 2-seater cars, Harley, Race bikes.....since I am different from the crowd, I bought a Prius. Yes, Toyota Prius...the car with Optional Braking system.

But coming to the point, it came with a GPS.....the built-in navigations system. As soon as I heard that thingie talk to me, about a month back......I have been thinking. What if there was an Indori voice.

This is how that would sound:

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Currently rehearsing for Naatak's next play Tughlaq (June 11-20, 2010) San Jose, California

Tughlaq is a highly acclaimed drama from the Indian stage. Manish Sabu directs a highly accomplished cast of actors (i.e. me, me, me) to present this fascinating drama to Bay Area audience for the first time. (Visit English super-titles will accompany the dialog. There will be 7 shows of Tughlaq in downtown San Jose.

Tughlaq is based on the character of Muhammad Bin Tughlaq (1325-1351), who has been labeled as the most eccentric sultan to rule Delhi. Was he really eccentric, or was he the most misunderstood Indian sultan? What were the fascinating contradictions in his personality? This play highlights some of the most interesting incidents from Tughlaq’s life to portray the enigma that Tughlaq remains for historians to this day. Was Tughlaq a futuristic ruler, whose vision remains relevant to our times and our generation? Was he a genius, was he naive, perhaps both?

The naatak Tughlaq created socio-political waves in the post-independent modern India. The audience saw parallels in Tughlaq's whims and the reality of Nehru's India. And it made Girish Karnad famous -- Tughlaq won the most prestigious Sangeet Naatak Academy Award.

The symbolism and imagery, and the dulcet Hindi-Urdu of this drama will transport you to a different world and give insight into the contradiction that Tughlaq was. You will be discussing the characters, the drama and the brilliant story-line for a long time to come.