The Autograph of Dharamendra.

The Autograph of Dharamendra.


Filmfare Talent Hunt. I got off...

the bus full of eager young contestants. The legendary director Bimal Roy was ready to get screen test started. I was made to enact a small script. Once done, the director lit his Chester bidi and began going through the rush print. My eyes were on him for a reaction but he gave away nothing. Then Bimal da turned around and went inside a room to have his lunch. My head dropped. As I turned around, I heard my name being called out. It was Bimal da himself.
‘Sit beside me,’ he said as he opened his lunch box. ‘Look what your ‘Bhabi’ has made for us. Fish!'
In that one moment, I had become an insider in the world of cinema. 
- Dharamendra

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Me! Well!

Me! Well!
Tamilar born in Jharkhand.
B’E,NCC cadet, Personality development trainer.
Talcum powder model.
A Mani Ratnam film reject- said my eyes looked too young for the part.
Television actor and game show anchor. 
A Mani Ratnam film lead three years later- Alaipayuthey.
An idiot among 3 Idiots.

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I ran away from home

I ran away from home and reached Pune. Homeless and on the streets I befriended a Sindhi pen vendor. ‘Take these pen’s’ he said. ‘Corner a space on the pavement and sell them.’
I tried but no one was buying my pens from me. In desperation, I began pitching, mimicking the voices of actors I admired. Passerby’s heard an Ashok Kumar sometimes or the lovable villain Jeevan soliciting them to buy the pens to “Top the exam” or “Write your destiny”. It got people interested,the crowds swelled and soon I was selling more pens that my Sindhi vendor friend.
It’s the day I realized my talent was a grand tool.
-Johny Lever

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I had a terrible start

I had a terrible start as captain of Australian- four back to back series losses. We were an amiable lot, the team and I, often socializing with the opposition team over drinks and banter after a match. That had to change. 
It was the Ashes and my instructions to my boys were simple. ‘No socialization, No dinner, No beer with the English team.’ 
I got aggressive and tough at the slightest slack onthe field. ‘Don’t you want to win, don’t you’ I’d shout. 
I never spoke a word to my friend and opposition team captain David Gower. When I did, it was after the series. When Australia had won the Ashes.
Sometimes you must be cruel, to be kind.
- Alan Border

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I was playing for India during my second year

I was playing for India during my second year of engineering. My cricketing colleagues in college hated me because I was regular for class. We’d carrying our own attendance register for the required 60% attendance to write the exams. It was tough.We were playing matches for the college or the state. When there were no matches I would attend college. Not my friends who would take playing matches as an excuse. The teachers would catch them saying, ‘If Anil can attend then why can’t you come.’
- Anil Kumble


Before my polka dotted shirt knotted

   on my chest became a national sensation, a boy in America said that ‘Seventeen is no more young.’ This sentence found its way into an Archie Comic that was picked up by Showman Raj Kapoor. The film maker thought, here’s something profound. ‘Seventeen is no more young,’ ...that teens have a life of their own too and they are aware of it. So, he made Bobby and I became the Goan teen.
- Dimple Kapadia

I was called “Chokri”

I was called “Chokri” when I joined the police. The Sadarbazar riots put my duties and position to test. A twenty-member team lead by me stood before a house on fire with women and children trapped inside. ‘Break the door down and get them out!’ I bellowed to my team.No one moved. Fear of life was more powerful than fear of authority. 
Spotted a handpump, I ran up, sat below it and drenched myself. Running up to the burning house I gave the door a strong kick and it gave way.When I brought the first victim out, it inspired ten of my team members to drench themselves and get into action. Seventeen women and children were rescued from that burning house.
No one called me 'Chokri' after that day. Ironically it was now Madam-Sir.
-Kiran Bedi

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My father was a musician in

My father was a musician in Calcutta but did not gain financially from the art. So, I left for Mumbai to earn a living. 
From music. 
That evening I entered Aradhana, a hotel that had live musical performance for its patrons. Walking up to the proprietor Ashok I pitched myself.
‘Give me a chance to sing here,’ I requested.
Ashok began sizing me up. ‘When the band on stage takes a break, the mike is yours.Let me see what you’ve got.’
The mike was mine and sing I did. 
By the time I left the mike behind and reached Ashok’s table I had received more than thousand rupees as tip from the patrons. 
‘You are confirmed at Aradhana,’ he said beaming. ‘Now go back there and continue singing for the rest of the evening,’ he insisted.
- Kumar Sanu


As a director, I was without a film release for seven years.

As a director, I was without a film release for seven years. To motive myself I got a little pup and named it Action. Why! So, that I could call out 'Action' a hundred times a day pretending to direct a film. 
My National School of Drama friend Irfan was also going through a low phase. One afternoon when we went out to get some ration he told me that he planned to quit Television. 
I put an assuring arm around his shoulder. “Hang in there Irfan, I’ll get you a National Award”. 
By 2011 my drought ended with two releases. The third in 2012 won a National Award for Best Feature Film and it got my friend Irfan the National Award for best actor.
A promise is a promise.
- Tigmanshu Dhulia