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March 25th, 2008


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12:47 am - She Sings, She Dances...into Your Heart!
Editor Arif Sheikh gets into direction with Let's Dance.
Let's Dance is a tale of a dancer and choreographer played by newcomer Gayatri Patel, struggling to get her one big break. When she finally taste success, it feels too good to be true. And it is - until she gets a new dream fuelled by the exuberant energy of a group of street kids who bring her back to the sheer joy of letting it all out on the dance floor. The movie consists of six songs in different moods composed by music director Bipin Mishra, with majority of songs being complete dance numbers. Since dance is a vital element in the movie, dances are by choreographed Saroj Khan, Pappu- Malu and Rajiv Goswami.
That story doesn't mean much to most people, but it means a lot to me.

Because "newcomer Gayatri Patel" is a longtime friend of mine!!! I've known her since I was in elementary school. I think we're related in some convoluted manner that may cross bloodlines at some point (such that she ends up being...my aunt, somehow?), but our families have been good friends for years. We would visit them in Opelika, Alabama, frequently, and they visited us in Texas as well. We had so much fun growing up, playing all sorts of games. She was about my age, her sister was about my brother's age, and her brother was about my sister's age. So we had a lot of good times together. I wish I had written them down at the time so the memories would have been preserved.

Throughout her life, she said her goal was to become a Bollywood film star. Her parents supported her dream, and I saw her perform many dances at her house, at wedding receptions, at functions, wherever. I think she took acting classes. She went to India for a year or so to become fluent in Hindi. The last I had heard, she was trying to snag or had snagged some gigs as a background dancer.

But now she's the star of a Bollywood film! After all these years, her dream is becoming a reality! I'm pretty certain her dad is producing the film (I told you they supported her), but everyone needs an in somehow. However the movie gets made, it's getting made, and the fact that she's being referred to as "newcomer" makes it sound like she's poised for stardom, on the verge of breaking out, ready to take home the MTV India Best Newcomer Award.

The last time I saw her was New Year's Eve 2002, the first time I spent NYE away from my family (she took me to a New Year's Eve party held by friends of hers at Emory). At that time, we hadn't seen each other in a while since we'd gone off to college (I was a senior; she was a sophomore). Now, it's been five whole years; it's sad how we lose track of people so easily. But I just found her on Facebook, which is kind of scary awesome for finding people from your past, and I sent her a congratulatory message.

In all those years, I never doubted this moment would come. She was so determined, and she had the talent to back it up. How many kids say they want to be a movie star when they grow up? Gayatri went out and made it happen.
Current Mood: ecstaticproud
Current Music: Ghost Mice - Oh Me, Oh Me

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From:shpyum
Date:March 25th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
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It's sad that I read this story and think, "But is she wife material?" Seriously though, that's amazing! Yay for her!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 25th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
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I knew someone would think that! But I've never really thought of her that way. I've known her so long it would be like dating my sister.
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From:punzerel
Date:March 25th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
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Aw, that's so amazing.
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From:starfyer
Date:March 25th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
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That's so fricking cool I can't stand it :)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 25th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Oh, you! You pop up in here every now and then, very sweet of you. Hope you're doing well.
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From:sinca
Date:March 25th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
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That is fantastic! Big congratulations to your friend. It's inspiring to see someone achieve a long-term goal.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 25th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
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It's like, "It can be done!"
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From:daynr
Date:March 25th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Whoohoo!

If you had recc'd this movie yesterday I would have been all over it. Dancing! Joy! Music!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 25th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
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And not intellectual at all!
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From:harper47
Date:March 25th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
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This is so cool. And a wonderful story. And I tell my students this all the time. If you want to be a performer, eventually you will get your chance. You have to be able to face disappointment over and over again without giving up but if you keep trying and you actually have ability - you do get a chance. So yea for your friend. I'm so happy for her.

(and hee - another celebrity for you to hobnob with. You and Roz pretty much know everyone in Hollywood -right?)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 25th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Whatever, Hollywood! It's time for BOLLYWOOD, now! I'm going to be e-mailing with Hrithik Roshan and making all my friends jealous.
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From:rachelmanija
Date:March 25th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's fantastic! Good for her!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 25th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
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It's so cool! And another one of my friends (who I haven't known quite as long, but still) looks to be on the verge of getting an awesome book deal after years and years of working on multiple novels. It's nice to know that hard work and determination do pay off eventually. Now if only I had such traits...
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From:the_narration
Date:March 25th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Hey, that's great news! Congratulations to your friend for managing to make it in such a tough field.

And hey: now you know a movie star.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 25th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Isn't it crazy? I can't wait to see the movie and be all, "I KNOW HER. WE PLAYED HIDE-AND-SEEK ONCE UPON A TIME." I need to keep tabs on whether the theatre in Fremont gets it.
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From:skogkatt
Date:March 25th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
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That's awesome! I will have to see it if I can find a copy eventually.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 25th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm going to have to keep apprised of when it comes out and all. It's not even on IMDb! Damn you, IMDb!
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From:pixie37373
Date:March 25th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
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That is so very awesome!
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From:dharmavati
Date:March 26th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
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Ooh, I'll have my mom keep a look out for that one! Best of luck for your friend! :D
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From:soleta_nf
Date:March 26th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that is so cool! Congrats to your friend! :D Let us know when the movie is out so we can track it down! And I think this is a good lesson for us all - determination (and the hard work that comes with it) is often what makes all the difference in whether we realize our dreams.

Now, it's been five whole years; it's sad how we lose track of people so easily.

That frequently makes me sad. :( I have SO many friends (real life friends, I mean) if you add them up cumulatively, but in my life right now? Not so much. But Facebook really does kick ass for that.
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From:lenadances
Date:March 26th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)

HOLY CATS, BATMAN!

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Dude! That is gloriously awesome! I am totally going to have to see this (probably on video or download, given that I never go out to the movies anyway). Many many congratulations to newcomer Gayatri Patel!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 26th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
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It doesn't have an Indian name. The title of the movie is in English. It happens.
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From:jenelope
Date:March 26th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
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That is awesome! Good for her!

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