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Curious Case of Nepotism

Due to certain circumstances in 2014, I had to turn to my father to help me make a career shift from Sales & Marketing to the Shipping industry. A lot of my work colleagues called me a classic case of nepotism because I leveraged his reputation and contacts to begin my journey in Maritime.  When I look back now, I feel extremely content that he opened a door of opportunity for me where I started off as a trainee and worked my way up in the organization to mid-level management with sheer dedication and hard work without any favouritism or getting job promotions on a silver platter. Now let’s talk about the trending topic in the news – Nepotism in Bollywood. I firmly believe there is nothing wrong if the son/daughter of a famous actor, female actor, director or producer gets a launch pad for their debut in movies. The problem arises when these A-listers create a clan in the industry and do not give equal opportunity to outsiders who come with dreams of making it big with their pa

Anurag Kashyap – From Indie to Commercial Cinema

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One of the pioneers of independent cinema in Bollywood, Anurag Kashyap’s work caught my eye in early 2000s when I saw his short film “Last Train to Mahakali” on Star TV Bestsellers. The casting of the protagonist Kay Kay Menon and a distinct storyline showcased a breath of fresh air that was missing from Hindi film-making. Then I saw the movie “Paanch”, his first directorial debut which never released on the big screens because the Indian Censor Board banned it due to the use of abusive language, the glorification of wars and killing, sex and drug abuse. Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter and is well known for his films like Black Friday (2004), No Smoking (2007), Dev D (2009), Gulaal (2009), That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and Ugly (2014). They were all made on a shoestring budget but got critical acclaim due to his unique storytelling style and the portrayal of the protagonists associating with excessive drug, smo

Top 5 Date Spots in Bombay

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If you're running out of date night ideas, then head to one of these places and I'm sure your partner/spouse will have an eventful experience and it's easy on the pocket too. 1) Hakkasan, Bandra When it opened in 2011, it took the city by storm. It's an international Chinese restaurant chain with the highest quality standards when it comes to food, drinks and customer service. The menu is a modern interpretation of authentic Cantonese food. Also, this is where I go for my first dates. Cost : Rs. 2,500 for 2 people (without alcohol) Top dishes : Dumplings, Dimsum platter 2) Roadhouse Bluez, Andheri This is an American influenced dive bar with the ambience of a classic rock pub hosting regular karaoke nights. You can spot me here on Thursday and Saturday nights. Cost : Rs. 2,000 for 2 people (with alcohol) Top dishes : Chef's special prawns wrapped in chicken, free popcorn 3) Leaping Windows, Versova It's one of the few book reading cafes in Bombay