Well, our current Information Minister was there and he was seated right beside Ms. Azmi and instead of hitting on her ... he was looking the other way. Mr. T would have said 'You FOOL!' ... and then Ms. Azmi asked him something and he was like "WHo...what?"... Even clowns like us ...seating far away from the dais could figure out that she was asking our Hon' monster... the name of the spunky hyper-clown who was speaking about 'Film South Asia'...
Well, the hyper-clown was Kanak Mani Dixit! The Dixit brothers have the INGO/Diplomatic circles in their pocket! So if the Maoists really take over Nepal and do their 'Pol Pot' natak then don't be surprised if the Amriki Embassy sends a chopper from Delhi to pick up Kanak dai.. hahah! Yes that's how tight they are with the dollar crowd!
Okay, I don't want to bitch about Kanak dai here today ... Congratulate him for winning some kind of Prince Claus award, 25lakh+ prize money from a distant prince related to Santa Claus! And yes it's a good thing that he donated his prize money for this year's FSA! After all them Rato Bangla, Jagadamba press are doing quite okay even though we live in a crazy 'daang doong' world!
Then we heard few speeches from the Hon' minister, Ms. Azmi and then some tall Black guy, some film critic dude from South India. This dude was great.... and that was the only time I clapped when he talked about 'the kind of democracy we have to live in (SAARC!) .. .or if we can call it a democracy!" or something like that!
Ms. Azmi ended with a Shayar, Kanak ended with 'I don't know what' because he was speaking 780 words per minute, that most of us couldn't figure out if he was high on coke and just speaking gibberish or he was practicing some tongue-twisters!
Then finally after two hours of blabbering, we got to watch the opening show ... some Desi documentary about the folks in Ladakh and their film industry! I really enjoyed this documentary about folks from Ladakh making movies and the people behind it were local cops, school teachers, cab drivers .....
Then it was tyam for Chiya-paan... and our patrkar folks, as always were first in line to grab 3 sandwiches, 6 pakoras and two so-called cakes! Yes, I counted the plate from the first Patrakar who managed to win the 'KHaaja' race!
Now I have an idea.... I want to make movies about our local cabbies... I hear there are over 7,000 taxis in KTM! So if we calculate two shifts, then we have 14,000 drivers! Then Add their wives, mistresses, kids, illegitimate kids, parents, brothers, sisters .... probably could go up to 100,000!
And if they pay 50 Rupees at the local cinema hall to see my movie then that would be 50lakhs! The hall-wallahs take 50%, then its down to 25lakhs... So if I can make a movie for 20 ... then I get to go home with 500,000 Rupees!
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