Dear Die Hard Hindi Movie Fan,

My name is Nikkhil Advani and I have been working in various capacities in the Hindi Movie Film Industry for the last 25 years. I have been an intern, an assistant director, an associate director, a writer, a director and now I am also a producer. In short I can proudly claim to be a Film-Maker. However, before all of this I was, I am and will always continue to be a Hindi Movie Fan.

 

My tryst with Hindi films like millions in our country has been a sort of legacy that has been passed down to me from generations. My grand-father would put his coat on his chair so that his boss thought he was out on a break and would go to watch the latest film every Friday. My Bua’s were so consumed by Mr. Rajesh Khanna and his aura that like so many thousands of young girls they too married his photographs and my mother unlike other mothers did not sing nursery rhymes and lullabies to me. She would put me to sleep singing her favourite song of the time – “chanda hai tu… mera sooraj hai tu” from the film Aaradhana.

It was therefore, given that I too would end up being a Hindi Movie Fan. In fact, I was not just a Hindi Movie Fan. I was a fan of the Greatest Star to have walked this earth – Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. From watching all his films,to learning all his dialogues, to mimicking his iconic dance moves, I did it all. At the age of 12 I urged one of my school friends to get his father to break protocol so that we could be sneaked into the Breach Candy Hospital where Mr. Bachchan lay in a coma fighting for his life – My friend’s father was one of the doctor’s on Mr. Bachchan’s medical team. When I finally got the opportunity to work with Yash Johar, Javed Akhtar or even sit across Salim Khan it was because they could regale me with stories about Mr. Bachchan. Rohan Sippy is one of my best friends now, but in the beginning he was Mr. Ramesh Sippy’s (the man who had made Sholay) son. For so many of us Mr. Bachchan was and continues to be the driving force that keeps us going in this often dark, dark film world, full of struggle, strife and failure.

So now I come to why I have chosen to write this piece to all of you who claim to be die-hard fans of so many of today’s iconic and super superstars. Not once did I know nor did I care about the box office figures of Mr. Bachchan’s films for us they were always going to be “super duper hits.” It did not matter to me or to so many of us if it did 1 Crore, or 10 Crores, Or 100 Crores (that also now seems to be an unimportant hurdle to cross amongst so many social media fan sites.) We did not bother if it was Silver, Golden or Platinum Jubilee. Did not know if it had done 50 Weeks or 100. WE JUST WENT TO WATCH OUR GREATEST HERO.

The film industry produces close to 200 A grade films every year which have either a top star (actor and/or actress,) top producer, director or studio. Sometimes solo, sometimes in combination. There are only 52 Friday’s in a year and the Government Of India has 28 Gazetted Holidays earmarked annually. That makes it 80 big days to release a film. Do the math guys… Films are going to release with each other. Your favourite Star is going to pitted against someone else’s. First Day Collections are going to be divided. There is no point in showing your love for your star by becoming rabid and downright insulting. It has no effect on us because in most cases backroom conversations are being had and compromises are being arrived at when there is a clash. If not the person/s concerned always eventually seem to understand the other point of view. By insulting my family, my career, my future and my life you, “the die-hard Hindi Movie Fan” are not really achieving anything. The only way that you can show to your favorite star that you are his/her “die-hard fan” is to go watch their film. Then watch it again. Then watch the other film that released on the same day. If all films work, then the industry prospers and better content is made.

Close to 200 to 400 people come together to follow a man with a vision to achieve 2 hours of magic. A lot of blood, sweat and hard work is mixed in with the action, songs and drama.

Go out there and enjoy the film guys. Leave the business to us.

My name is Nikkhil Advani and I have been working in various capacities in the Hindi Movie Film Industry for the last 25 years. I have been an intern, an assistant director, an associate director, a writer, a director and now I am also a producer. In short I can proudly claim to be a Film-Maker. However, before all of this I was, I am and will always continue to be a Hindi Movie Fan.

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