दिवस ७

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१) मान थोडी बरी आहे. भारतात घरी धान्य ओतायचे एक माप (भांडॅ) होते. धुपाटण्यासारखा आकार होता त्या मापाचे. (इथे दिलेला फोटो शोधण्यासाठी बरीच मेहनत घ्यावी लागली आंतरजालावर.) मान अवघडली कि त्याच्यावर मान ठेवुन एक तास झोपले कि मान १००% मोकळी व्हायची. मी खरोखर त्या मापाला मिस करतोय. पण अमेरिकेत ते तसे माप आणायचे कुठुन? काल घरात एक वाईनची रिकामी बाटली बर्‍याच दिवसांपासुन पडली होती. मी मुद्दामच ठेवली होती. मला वाईनची नावे लक्षात रहात नाही. मग दर वेळेस मी नवीन वाईन घेऊन येतो. पण या वेळेस मला हि वाईन आवडली त्यामुळे रेफरन्स साठी ठेवली आहे. खरतर मोबाईल मधे ब्रँड चा फोटोही काढला आहे. पण तरीही बाटलीही ठेवली आहे.तर ती बाटली मानेखाली घेऊन झोपलो, त्यामुळे आज जरा बरे वाटते आहे.

२) पुर्वीच्या काळच्या सम्राटांचा पत्रव्यवहार सामन्यांसाठी गुप्त असायचा. पण काल मला दोन नटसम्राटांमधला पत्र संवाद वाचायला मिळाला. अमिताभ आणि दिलिपकुमार.
अभिताभ ने दिलिपकुमार च्या वाढदिवसानिमित्त लिहिलेल्या शुभेच्छा

Jalsa , Mumbai Dec 10/11, 2011 Sat/Sun 1 : 54 AM
Its a celebration for the greatest, on the eve of his birthday. He will turn 89 tomorrow, the 11th of December. Exactly 20 years older to me by birth and exactly 2000 years ahead of me in our common vocation. He is my idol and has been since the day I first saw his work. He has been an inspiration not just for me but I am certain to thousands of those that have ever dreamt of facing a camera for the art form called cinema. His presence his aura and his dedication to film shall be documented as ‘before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar’. He set fresh norms of performance in his acts of excellence, faultless and beyond any kind of improvement. His greatest quality was his connect with those that stood before him in the frame to act. His strength of delivery and his strength of connect with any character he portrayed has been unique and unsurpassable. On the eve of his birthday, I wish him good health and a long life of peace and happiness. He was the best and still is. Dilip Kumar, Yusuf Khan, Dilip Saheb … happy birthday !!
I entered his spacious home after decades. After minor cosmetic changes, it has remained the same. My visits to his place have been limited, but eventful on each occasion. A meeting of the artists and the film fraternity, a midnight informal call, a casual trip to see his excellent skills at badminton, or a shoot at his luxurious lawns during the making of ‘Zameer’ with his wife and my co star Saira ji, Saira Banu ! All have been clearly etched in my mind. And why not ? He was the one actor that we as young students in University broke boundaries and hostel rules to go see his films night after night. His early films had been historic in content and repute – Aan and Shaheed – ones that I still remember seeing in the darkness of cinema halls with the barest minimum facility and comfort. For 4 annas, 25 paise, a quarter of a rupee, we would sit on wooden benches right up in front in the theaters and marvel at what our hero would enact. And among the many that we saw and enjoyed, it was for me always a Dilip Kumar that stood out. Different and distinguished. And always without fault.
And then one day I stood along with him on the sands of Juhu as the camera rolled to give the mahurat shot for ‘Shakti’, the only film that we worked together in. Our first shooting scene in the film was in a jail sequence, where the police official but also my Father in film comes to visit me and tries to convince me that I was taking a wrong path in life and I disagree. Tough to stand in front of one whom you have admired for ages, and disagree with. But it happened and it kept happening day after day, till the film was complete. There were electric moments between him and me in the script, written by that incredible team of writers Salim – Javed, and each moment was filled with the distinction of great and impressive drama.
The film completed its work during the same time when I was injured during ‘Coolie’ and released when I was still recovering from my ailment. The final print was shown to me on a make shift theater put up in Prateeksha, for I was still not well enough to move out of the house. Did I ever imagine many years ago, as I sat in a rather ill equipped theater in a corner of Kathmandu in Nepal, around 1954, that I would one day share the same screen space with this tremendous talent that would explode in front of me. Never ! And it still remains a illusion in my life to have actually been a part of a project which was headed by this thespian ! God has been kind, very kind !!
And in the morning at the studios of Mehboob, the photoshoot for the film ‘Department’ … a cameo of small proportions .. intense and edgy as always with Ram Gopal Varma ..
Good night and may you always be blessed …

त्यावर दिलिपकुमारने अमिताभचे केलेले आभार प्रदर्शन

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
My Dear Amitabh:
With tears of pride in her eyes Saira handed over the print out of your eloquent tribute to my work in your blog. I read it once, then again and again.
As you yourself would be keenly aware, we actors are completely oblivious of ourselves and our surroundings while we perform and, even when we watch our work in the rushes shown to us, our senses and vision are trained to detect shortcomings more than accomplishments. That’s the only way we know to improve and render performances that come close to our own satisfaction. And it is always the audience who have the absolute right to acclaim or reject our work, however hard we may have worked to achieve perfection and excellence.
I am certainly privileged to know from your affectionate compliments that someone as knowledgeable and competent as you has liked my work. Yes, now that you have reminded me, I can recall the scenes that brought us together before the cameras for Shakti. I should say the respect and admiration are mutual. Not just Shakti, your work in several films I have watched has been world class and inimitable. In recent times I can remember Black and, if I remember right, Saira and I were at a loss for words at the premiere night, after the curtain came down, to express our myriad feelings of admiration for your outstanding performance. It is a pity the film missed the Oscar nomination. If any Indian actor, in my personal opinion, deserves the world’s most coveted award, it is you. I have heard so much about Paa which we didn’t catch up with. You know how Saira is—she never could see me die in my films and she could not muster the courage to see your death scene in Paa.
Thank you, Amitabh, for your warm love and good wishes. May God keep you, Jaya and your family happy always.

हि लोकं कुठल्या मातीची बनेलेली आहे, कोणास ठाऊक. भारीच!!!

३) काल अभिजीत बाठेंनी दिलेल्या माझ्या comment वरील प्रतिक्रियेवरुन असे वाटले कि माझ्या ब्लॉग चे नाव वाचकांना संभ्रमावस्थेत टाकते. पण आता मी ते बदलु शकत नाही. (Actually बदलु शकतो पण आता मला ते बदलायची इच्छा नाही.)

४) आज काहिच थंडी नाही. च्यायला इथले हवामान फारच लहरी आहे. जानेवारी आणि फेब्रुवारी परीक्षा पाहतात. पण मार्च अखेरीस पुन्हा उन्हाळा सुरु होतो. पाहुया हा हिवाळा कितपत सोसतोय.

५) अभ्यास करायचा, अभ्यास करायचा आहे. पण मन एकाग्र होत नाही आहे. लहानपणी शाखेतील एका गाण्याची आठवण होते आहे. च्यायला मी गाण्याची ओळ देणार होतो पण आंतरजालावर पुर्ण गाणेच सापडले.

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शाखेत जोपर्यंत खेळ खेळायचो, देशाच्या विविध विषयांवर चर्चा व्हायच्या तेंव्हापर्यंत शाखेत उत्साहाने जायचो, पण मग हळु हळु धार्मिक चर्चा होऊ लागल्या, वादग्रस्त विषय येऊ लागले मग माहित नाही मला काय झाले. थोडे अवघडल्या सारखे होऊ लागले. हे क्षेत्र माझे नाही असे आत जाणवु लागले. आणि मी शाखेला जाणे सोडले. वर दिलेले गाणे मात्र मला खुप आवडते. खुप संदर कविता आहे. इथे मला नमुद करावेसे वाटते कि मी हिंदु आहे पण हिंदुत्ववादी नाही. स्वतःही जगा आणि दुसर्‍याला मनसोक्त जगु द्या. या मताचा मी आहे.
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६) BMM 2013 चे अधिवेशन बोस्टन मधे होणार आहे. त्याची logo\Slogan कॉम्पिटिशन चालु आहे. आज अचानक सुचले. पाठवुन दिले आहे, पाहुया काय होते ते.

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