Jul 30, 2011
Word is that Kanika's book, launched recently by Shah Rukh Khan, might be made in to a film soon. The debut author is also a writer on SRK's upcoming "Ra.One".
A source familiar with the situation says some of "the top studios and production companies are interested in bringing to the big screen the story in Kanika's book," about a girl's journey navigating love, life and career in the rough-and-tumble and the often ridiculous world of Bollywood and its personalities. With flamboyant characters rumored to be inspired by Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Farah Khan and other stars and celebs, it's no wonder producers think a movie of the same would get attention.
Jul 29, 2011
Shah Rukh Khan looked stately dressed in crisp white dress shirt and black pants as he arrived at Mehboob Studios in Bandra, Mumbai late noon Thursday, July 28 to shoot an ad film.
"had a shoot for ajay (Arora) my friends awesome company d'decor. raining like mad in mumbai...want to dance in the rain...wish the kids were awake," Shah Rukh tweeted after winding up from the shoot late at night.
Shah Rukh back in perfect shape now having regained some weight; he had started looking gawky earlier while filming RA.One in London.
The 45-year-old star was his usual amicable self as he arrived, and cheerily posed for photogs.
Back in August 2010, Shah Rukh and his wife Gauri Khan were announced brand ambassadors for Mumbai based D'Decor, the world's third-largest producers of curtain and upholstery fabrics.
Shah Rukh Khan arrives at Mehboob Studios in Bandra, Mumbai on Thursday late noon, July 28 to shoot an ad film. Photo Credit: Sawfnews
The couple filmed an ad for the brand in Hyderabad in November. This time Shah Rukh was all by himself.
Shah Rukh, a self confessed workaholic who manages with barely 3 to 4 hours of sleep, often speaks about his love for work.
"There is nothing that makes me more happy than making films," he says.
On July 26, after wrapping his most ambitious project, RA.One, Shah Rukh struck a philosophical note on Twitter.
"ra.one shoot finally over. we start films so that we complete them fast...but when they finish there is a sense of emptiness as if a difficult but passionate relationship has come to an end." he tweeted around midnight.
"film making is like love....like falling from a building...but not feeling the impact or the hurt till you reach the end. here's to new beginnings...cos endings are just beginnings backwards."
The film is due in theaters on October 26.
Kanika started out working as an assistant director to Farah Khan, on Om Shanti Om, and then moved on to Red Chillies's Billu Barber, which was directed by Priyadarshan. So, how's it having King Khan as a boss? "Well, Shah Rukh Khan is like an encyclopedia. His knowledge and sharp mind keeps everyone on their toes. You cannot keep up with his pace, but he is patient and gracious enough to help, gives you a chance and a platform to flourish and, most importantly, if he believes in you, he will stand by you, no matter what others have to say."
The association with films began five years ago. Kanika reminisces, "After I finished my Masters from the London School of Economics, around five years ago, I came to Mumbai with a couple of short stories I had written. I was offered the role of an assistant director in the company. The first director I worked with was Farah Khan and she went on to become a big support and inspiration."
Most authors turn scriptwriters, but in Kanika's case, it has been the opposite. She explains, "While growing up, the only way to experience the delights of an unknown world was by turning the pages of a novel. I had seen magical sights, lived many a lives, right there in my little room, in a small sleepy town - Amritsar. After reading every story, I would turn the cover and read about the author, stare at their picture. I was envious. They had a story to tell, and they took us on a roller coaster ride. I wanted to be 'them'. With God's grace, I found a different medium, the big screen, to tell my stories, but the fascination and the desire remained. I had to go back and tell a story that ends between the covers... and now finally I get a chance to do that."
Her book is a satire on Mumbai and by extension, the quintessential 'Bollywood dream'. She explains, "Itis an outsider's perspective of living the Mumbai dream and discovering that the city in reality stinks, and floods...but Mumbai also makes many dreams come true. It is a funny account of one such character, who is discovering many versions of Mumbai, many definitions of a dream and struggling to comprehend many realities. The protagonist loses and finds herself many times over but in the end the question is what you take from this city is yours, but what the city takes from you can never be questioned."
It took her almost two years to pen this story now, but it has been in the making for the last five years. The book's title summarises the dilemma of the protagonist, that as an outsider in this city, when she sees Bombay Duck on the menu, it seems like a duck but it turns out to be a fish. "That's the essence of this journey - that neither a duck nor a fish can be taken for granted here.
Her favourite actor is, obviously Shah Rukh, specially if her book makes it to celluloid. She says, "The thought has crossed my mind, and if I feel the screen adaptation can be as entertaining and capture the essence of the story, then yes, why not?"
And, while screenplays and novels will continue, it's eventually the director's chair that Kanika has her eyes on. She states, "I will start finalising a romantic comedy I have written. I know more than half the industry is working on one, too, but we all indulge in them because we cannot resist a 'happy ever after'."
Her next novel is a dark satire and will be based on a true story, with the protagonist based in Karachi and London. She's just getting started, Kanika promises!
Do ambitious people keep longer waking hours, and is this the secret behind their success?
While an average person requires six to seven hours' sleep, one wonders if ambitious people are programmed to restrict their sleeping time.
"Three-four hours of sleep; that does it, for me," says Shah Rukh Khan.
'Iron Lady' Margaret Thatcher isn't far behind — she ruled over Britain with as little sleep on her side. TV host Jay Leno tickles your funny bone with, again, four hours of snooze, while 'Material Girl' Madonna belts out chartbusters with minimum beauty sleep. Benjamin Franklin mirrored Thomas Edison's contempt for sleeping long hours, when he said, "There will be sleeping enough in the grave". Dozing for a mere two to four hours every night, he gave us the famous quote, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise".