I shot for Tell Me O Khuda with Vinod Sir in 2009-10 for about 25-30 days. Sadly, none of that footage was ever released. All I have of those wonderful days now, is a handful of pictures and my memories. I rarely talk about the making and unmaking of TMOK for obvious reasons, but today I must go down the memory path, just to remember Vinodji.

There are a thousand images that come to my mind when I think of Vinodji.

– The tall guy who ran along side a mighty horse on a beach for a commercial, almost dwarfing the horse with his elegance. (And this was 2 decades before Shahid Kapoor’s similar act in Kameeney.)
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About the Film:

Firdaws is a film that doesn’t question the existence of the promised paradise for a human bomb, but turns the idea on its head by asking what if it was real and yet, one wouldn’t get the ‘pure bliss of forgetfulness’?

Firdaws has a strong humanitarian & anti-terrorism message inspired by an 18th century Urdu couplet by Mirza Ghalib:
“Humko Maloom Hai Jannat Ki Haqeekat Lekin, Dil Ko Behlaaney Ke Liye, Ghalib Khayal Achchha Hai”.  (Translation: “I know the truth about heaven. But for the appeasement of heart it’s a nice thought, Ghalib!”)
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When television came, everyone thought it was a derivative of the movies. With the convenience of a screen at home, the screens in the markets were soon going to be redundant and it was proclaimed that movies were gonna die. But while TV was derivative of Films in content (so many ‘telefilms’ were made in early history of television), it wasn’t really an alternative to theatres because it could never give the immersive experience that movies could. Read more