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He was three feet away from me, and I didn’t know who he was

Couple years ago, the color yellow presented itself to me in the most beautiful shape/form: a song. The video of this song presented an exuberant palette of yellow. I heard this song countless times. I admired every bit about it: the situation, the video, the mood, the actors, the dancers, the singers and, of course, the music.

Now let’s step back:

A couple weeks ago when IIFA (Bollywood Stuff) was hosted in Toronto, I joined the enormous crowds to cheer endlessly for my fellow Indian celebrities. I cheered in awe of their capacity to entertain the Indian crowds and for shining a light on India that helped accelerate it’s recovery from the ‘Poor, Third World countryImage to what it is today. While I waited outside of the Rogers Center where the awards were being hosted, I saw celebrities pass by in their IIFA marked cars. They would modestly lower down their window and wave to the crowds. I recognized most of the celebrities. In the midst of the hundred something cars, I saw a red car and a gentleman roll down his window. I had no clue who he was. He was three feet away from me. I could easily converse with him if I wanted to. But who was he? He stared back in our direction, almost eager to see who would recognize him. He had to be someone. He was going to take a picture of us, but I turned away. My sister and I agreed that we wouldn’t pose for any ‘crazy fan’ pictures.  Oh well. ‘Probably one of those technicians or cameramen’, I thought.

A couple days later I found out. My friends, the gentleman in that car was none other than the music director of the song I heard three years ago. It was Salim- (from the Salim-Sulaiman duo) who composed the song Haule Haule. I wish I could tell him how much that song meant to me. I wish.

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2 thoughts on “He was three feet away from me, and I didn’t know who he was

  1. Nice….. 🙂

    Posted by Mandeep | July 13, 2011, 2:57 am
  2. Not a fan of the movie (hip SRK ruined it), but the song is just beautiful. It’s these invisible people that produce such masterpieces.

    But your post also reminded me of the time I met Ajay Devgan in NJ. He still had his ‘Company’ look at the time, pretty baller.

    Posted by dehahs | July 13, 2011, 1:50 pm

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