The NY ‘Indie’ approach to film and Deepak Chopra. NYC musings

Whenever I come to NYC the first couple of days are a little strange. I do not feel like being alone and constantly ask my assistants or others to come and have breakfast or to just hang out. But in a couple of days I become quite independent and begin to get used to the streets and cafe’s of NY. I rediscover myself as fundamentally a street person again.
Of course NY to me is hugely associated with one of my best friend Deepak Chopra, who unfortunately is away promoting his new book on Jesus. I miss the hours of walking around drinking coffee exploring ideas on consciousness – and whether we truly exist and who we really are. All on the streets of NY as all of life (and many beautiful women) pass us by. And of course he invites me to his radio show where I become his co host ! Imagine speaking about consciousness to the world with Deepak Chopra. Life can be such fun sometimes.
Deepak is also the most productive man I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. he just does not stop doing things. he makes me feel completely useless as he writes book after book, does lectures all over the world, runs his Alliance for New Humanity, teaches, trains and beyond all that he still retains time to be compassionate, kind and loving to strangers. Still makes time for his family. Ask him and he will tell you that it is because he has seen life as play and he does things without looking for any reward. I truly love this man.
I am here to edit and do the post on the short film I shot called 3 Graces in Beunos Aires. My editor is Jacob Craycroft who also cut the short I did for the series called ‘New York I love you” Jacob has a different approach to film which I could best describe as the ‘NY Indie approach’ to film. It is quite distinct than the ‘Hollywood’ approach and I must say that this being my second film based out of NY, I prefer the Indie approach as it is far more edgy and exploratory cinema than the ‘Hollywood’ approach. And it permeates through all skills like scripting, producing, production design and photography. I think I am going to enjoy this process very much even though we work with much lower budgets here. maybe that is why we can be more exploratory and edgy.
Will write more about NYC and how the edit is going. Right now we are still finding the film. There are so many stages of making a film and at each stage you are finding new meanings and and new point of view. But nothing is more exciting a process as editing in finding new meanings in your film, provided the editor and you are willing to evolve together. For film is the one art that is so collaborative that compassion, love and the art of communicating with other human beings is a gift that one tries to acquire.

21 Responses to “The NY ‘Indie’ approach to film and Deepak Chopra. NYC musings”

  1. Aakarsh says:

    Interesting? Can you plz write more about the film. Who is composing the music?

  2. Harb says:

    The less visible the work the more it is. Ramana Maharshi once said, the fastest rotating toy seems standing still.
    The less number of books are written the more valueable they are. Darwin and Marx realy wrote one book each – The Origin of Species and the Das Capital – but both brought paradigm shifts in the world.

  3. AJ says:

    Welcome to NY and great to hear your lovely thoughts, we wish Deepak the best for his new book …
    Nov 16th
    hey New York
    Bollywood singer will rock the concert
    Gandhigiri at its best
    Vinod Rathod peformed a grand event at Toronto on Nov 15th during his US, Canada Solo Tour, updates at ttp://www.ourdigitalvision.com/vinod
    You are invited…

  4. AJ says:

    Sorry New York
    Venue changed due to more demand from Conneticut …

  5. James Phelan says:

    Thanks for sharing this Shekhar.
    I too find NYC as a place that takes a little time to get into the rhythm of, if you are alone. It can be the most lonely place on earth, and the next day the most vibrant and friendly city. I also find that it really does have a small-community feel to different parts of the city, and just when you’re used to one area and one people, you go from the East Village to the Upper West Side and it’s another culture shock. I’m a very proud Melbournian (Australia), but NYC is the greatest city in the world, no doubt.
    One place I went to last time was Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I was heading to DUMBO to research the setting for a novel and found this little place to be so friendly, so fun, so artistic — yet another side to NYC that was new to me. I recommend heading over there for a drink sometime!

  6. shivani singh says:

    thanks for sharing this shekhar.
    i was in new york few months ago, and i found it very harsh: maybe i was not with the right set of people and did not do the right things. as you said, it hits you to start with and maybe i just too long to recover. maybe i am too used to the red buses of london,….
    look forward to your film.
    love, shivani

  7. Chaitali says:

    God if Deepak Chopra can make you feel useless, I wonder what would I feel if i ever meet him. Reading your blog I use to feel you make such a conscious effort to keep things in harmony and at the same time grow in the inside and the outside world.

  8. Mee-nakshi says:

    Its your bigness that makes you say such good things about everybody!:) That is not to doubt your friend at all, but just to put perspective on what you say- for my own self. After mtg you in Bombay,in your office, when I met the Creative folks and briefed them, for the ad scripts, they could see the adulation in my eyes for Mr SK! So now you have many fan followers dipping into your blog to get an insight to your mind:), you are fairly warned now:)

  9. north says:

    Wonderful to read your thoughts on New York, the film process and your friend Deepak. All the best to you Shekhar!!

  10. Ritu says:

    Dear Shekhar,
    Hamare gaon mein aapka swaagat hai. Welcome to NYC. Hope you have a fruitful stay here and yes, I shall keep my eyes open and hope to bump into you :). Are you in Manhattan by any chance?
    Cheers
    Ritu
    P.S Folks, it is true, New York (infact even Bombay) needs some time to get used to. I hated NYC when I first started working here. Now I love it and hope fervently that my next assignment is in the city. The city has it’s own rhythm, you have to tune to it’s frequency, once you do it is addictive. And yes, it is street culture.

  11. Ritu says:

    P.S Hope this is not a a spam, but I had blogged about NYC and it’s allure sometime back. Thought I would post the link as it describes the spirit of a city like none other.
    http://rituswanderlust.blogspot.com/2008/07/heat-mosquitoes-and-new-york-times.html
    Cheers!

  12. AJ says:

    Sorry, its not related to this post but is concerned with a cause for which SK is working very hard. We all have great hopes from and for “PAANI” …
    Here are some interesting updates from Sunnyvale CA Global Warming efforts More Global Warming updates at http://www.ourdigitalvision.com/news
    Friends of Live Earth India
    Live Earth India is happening in Mumbai on December 7th. The show will be broadcast throughout Asia live on the STAR networks, and will be streaming live and available on demand on MSN worldwide. How can you be part of whats happening in India? Host a Friends of Live Earth event on or around December 7th and educate yourselves and your friends about how India can help change the world and solve the climate crisis.
    Mark your calenders and be part for a cause

  13. austere says:

    Best with the edit, sir.
    I guess its like Churchgate subway- the day you can match its pace, you’re home.

  14. I wish to assist you to sharpen myself.
    Possible ?
    🙂

  15. shekhar12 says:

    ha ha austere, that is good – yes the day u can match it’s chaos – and be part of it – u r home !

  16. AJ says:

    Interestng readings …
    Shekhar Kapoor is on cloud nine. He has just finished a short film in Argentina, for which the music was by AR Rahman.
    http://movies.indiainfo.com/2008/11/09/0811090456_shekar.html
    … Anil has worked with directors like Mani Ratnam, Priyadarshan, Yash Chopra, N. Chandra, Shekhar Kapoor, Rajkumar Santoshi and Rakesh Roshan and has won more than 20 awards including five Filmfare Awards.
    http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/009200811192121.htm

  17. Koizen says:

    Why don’t you make a full fledged film and pretty soon please…?

  18. AJ says:

    Friends of Live Earth India, Sunnyvale Cool team discussed and plan to promote, Live Earth India is happening in Mumbai on December 7th. The show will be broadcast throughout Asia live on the STAR networks, and will be streaming live and available on demand on MSN worldwide. How can you be part of whats happening in India? Host a Friends of Live Earth event on or around December 7th and educate yourselves and your friends about how India can help change the world and solve the climate crisis.
    Friends let us help promote the cause and help save our planet.
    Friends of Live Earth – One world. One Climate. Be the change.
    http://www.ourdigitalvision.com/globalwarmingliveearth
    All the efforts from Mr. Amitabh Bachchan are most appreciated for a great cause

  19. AJ says:

    I hope someone read how passionate is Dear SK :
    In a surprise announcement Kevin Wall disclosed that the Creative Director for Live Earth India was none other than acclaimed Indian film director and producer Shekhar Kapur. Live Earth India is coming to Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai, India, December 7, 2008.
    http://www.ourdigitalvision.com/globalwarmingliveearth
    Thank You Dear Shekhar Kapur and hope you can share some progess with everyone re: “PAANI” progress. The ONLY hope for this Decade and future ahead …

  20. Vinod Joseph says:

    I suppose had come to what was your house in Punjab in early Eightees when you were Busy with the Masoom Project or so I vaguely remember now that I am 31 in 2008.All soviet frenzy going on.People had a Highly expectant view of life.All centres Being Open to people, before violence hit it all down.I think You should associate more with Indian Universities where you’ll find some Talent which could be useful in various projects.Thats where the real lack of people are.

  21. hiiiiiiiiiii, aapka pubsanskriti par vichar jaankar acha laaga lekin janab sharaab hondi ye kharaabya innu peende jhalle ya pende nawaab

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