This past weekend was definitely an epic time in the life of an average Torontonian. With IIFA being hosted at the Rogers Center, all our lives just became a little bit more Bollywood. In my case, they became a lot more Bollywood!
It all started on Thursday. I decided to check out the Royal York Hotel during my lunch and was interviewed by “City TV”.
On Friday night, when I attended the IIFA Rocks Green Carpet, was when it started to get interesting. I got to shake hands and/or take pictures with Shahrukh, Madhavan, Genelia D’Souza, Rakesh Roshan, Gulshan Grover, Anupam Kher, Arshad Warsi, Sonakshi, Sonu Sood, Anil Kapoor, Omi Vaidhya, Lisa Ray, Ritesh Deshmukh, Sonu Nigam, Neha Dhupia, Vivek Oberoi, and more! Not only were my screams and excitement all over “OMNI TV” the next day, but I was also featured in the National Post, in this picture alongside Dia Mirza.
If you think that is as Bollywood as it gets, well, what happened next would prove you wrong. I attended the IIFA Music Workshop on June 25th. The IIFA music workshop was a free workshop hosted by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsan, Loy, Javed Akhter, Vishal Bhardwaj, and Salim. I was first in line, and we got fourth row seats, also the first row open to visitors. Before I got into the auditorium, I was interviewed by “Special Report- Rogers“. In the front row were special guests including Shabana Azmi and Javed Jaffrey. We were literally 15 feet away from the stage! Near the end of the workshop, I had the most amazing celebrity encounter of my life! Shankar Ehsan Loy composed a song to Javed Akhters lyrics on the spot, and I had the extreme honour of learning two lines on stage of the song from Shankar Mahadevan himself. I believe that art is something that you never stop learning, and to even learn two lines from undoubtedly one of the best musicians in India, was the most phenomenal experience ever. The cheering audience was like the icing on the cake. My picture was featured on several websites including SantaBanta (This was funny, because in the thumbnails they accidentally focused on my face instead of Shankar Mahadevan’s, so my face really was one among the stars), BollySpice, and Filmi Cafe. Unfortunately, my camera ran out of memory space at that exact moment! I have contacted two media companies that were there, and as soon as I can find a video I will post it here. Rawal TV was a media company that I contacted at the venue itself, and they did say that they would soon be posting the entire workshop within a couple of days! I have been checking their website every couple of hours!! :P
Here are a few pictures from several websites. I promise I’ll get that video to you as soon as I can. The last picture is the funny printscreen from santabanta, and my image now has nearly 3500 views! The only thing that really was too bad, is that my name was never mentioned on stage, and I didn’t think to introduce myself (In the shock and excitement I am happy I was atleast able to get SOMETHING out of my mouth). So that picture has thousands of views but nobody really knows who I am. Yet ;)!
(The picture above is the one on several IIFA workshop articles)