29 May, 2008

mein tere khoon pee jaahoonga

last Friday i did a shoot for a film called "fashion". i had done crowd scene for before...it was boring but finished early and one of my favorite people Shafiq was there. he's an awesome Afghan guy, really smart and funny. he's 24(?) and has lived more lives than all of us put together. it's crazy how people live in these "war torn" countries and instead of giving up on life they find a way to push forward and end up being stronger than you could ever imagine...talking to him is always fun and enlightening!

that night, my trainer...so yeah i have this trainer, strange part is, i don't belong to his gym and he does not actually train me but he always introduces me as someone he trains, which given my body shape and low muscle mass does not make him look very skilled at training...so anyway he called and said he wanted to come over...which is odd cause we sort of don't have that "come over" kind of relationship...i guess i have a stupid crush on him, he use to be Mr.India so he's a muscle giant, blah blah blah. he came over and we watched cricket...i know right...anyway i have sort of gotten into cricket...there is this cricket series called the IPL and it's fun...all the bollywood stars own a team and it's filled with controversy...anyway...the trainer (Rana) comes over we drink whiskey, watch cricket and then he jumps up and says he has to go...end scene...it was too weird...twenty minutes later he calls and says he's at a party and i should come, he'll text me the address...an hour later he calls to say the party isn't safe for me to be at...i don't know. i go to bed.

Saturday night...trainer calls and we meet at this intersection of a major highway where we have to meet some friends. while waiting for the friends he drags me around showing people that he in fact hangs out with white people...we then get on his motorcycle and go riding around. it was one of those moments in life where you just have to stop and think...life is great and funny...here i am in India riding around on the back of a bike with mr.india...and despite the intense weirdness of our friendship, this moments is fun!! we met his friends. trainer presses his finger against his nose and says "do you want"...i said 'you do drugs' he looked horrified and so "no...prostitutes"...so what we think of as the "do a bump" symbol here means "do you want whore sex"....i said "i am a Christan i can't" and thus Jesus saved me from sleeping with a prostitute. we went to a bar and drank then he dropped me of at home. he told me that if anyone ever was mean to me he would "crush" them...how can you not love that...

Sunday i had an audition for an ad-film, which i thought went well, but i didn't get it. for the audition, i had to say famous lines from Hindi films past...the ads a spoof on people learning Hindi by watching bollywood films...i learned how to say "mein tere khoon pee jaahoonga"..."i will drink your blood". it's the Indian equivalent of "I'll be back". i say it all the time now!!

Monday i went to an audition for a TV serial. they handed me the script and it was all in Hindi. "oh, i don't speak Hindi". "that's OK" an hour later i am sent in for audition and they are shocked that in the hour i waited i didn't learn Hindi. so i didn't do the audition...two days later i got a call that they were giving me a part...this city, ya gotta love it...i haven't heard anything since so i think they may have changed their minds, they were so disorganized that i don't really mind...and TV pay is low so...

i was called to do another day on the fashion shoot. it was an awards banquet scene and i got to sit on stage as a "presenter or judge"...then they filmed and "after party' scene in which i was grouped with the main actors and that was really really cool...star fucker!

yesterday i went for an audition for a film and got the part. i shooting my scene today in a few hours...i have lines!! the film is called "straight" and is about a guy trying to figure out if he is a "homo gay"...very shocking for bollywood...it seems like right now gay is the new black in bollywood....so bring it on...I'll tell you about the shoot tomorrow...

i just got back from a fitting for the TV serial i am going to do...i got all my questions answered and feel really good about it...it's set in 1750, i will play a banker not a doctor i will shot between 5-8 days per month for the next 3 months, which is a good job...so this has been a good week...it's felt great to be working again...OK i gotta wrap this up...take care

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