There I am standing on the set of an Indian TV show’s Christmas special trying to remember my three lines and my cue. All I can think about is how in the hell did I get here. The series of events that transpired that led to me becoming a Bollywood Actress, staring in a Christmas special still absolutely baffles me. But true to form I’m getting ahead myself; let me start from the beginning.
A few days before, on my volunteer trip to India we spent day one at a groundbreaking ceremony for our first school. Over 500 people in community showed up, everyone from Minister of the region to headmasters. Our host Sunny talked to the big wigs, in the local language, making invaluable connections.
As it turns out one of those big wigs was a local filmmaker. Now again the details are a little fuzzy but somehow our team ended up at lunch with the filmmaker and few other local movers and shakers. Somewhere in the process of passing curry and naan across the table it came up that a member of our team used to be an actress. Before we knew it, we were all invited to be featured in his next project.
Now when a filmmaker tells you he wants you in his movie my head jumped to back up dancer in a music video or just extras in the background. Boy was I wrong.
We arrive on set and there is a legit film crew, featuring flood lights. “These are the lights they are talking about when they yell, LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!,” I think to myself.
And that brings me to where I started. Standing on a film set with sweaty palms trying to remember the three English words I was given.
Oh but that’s not all that happened.
Apparently word got out about our team and the TV Show. Another film crew arrived, it was a news crew wielding shoulder cams and microphones. Before I had time to forget my lines their was a news crew shoving a mic and camera in my face asking me about my experience in India.
What is my life! Is all I can think.
and that’s even not even the end.
The Minister of the region arrives. We met him a few days prior at the groundbreaking of our school. He stayed to watch us film a scene. Then he whips out a cake for one of our volunteers whose birthday was on that very day. What a birthday! It was all surreal and as quick as he arrived he was whisked away in a caravan of security vehicles. The news crew following behind.
At some point my jaw just hit the ground and my disbelief was out of this world. How is all this happening to me, we’ve literally been in this country four days.
Needless to say I’ll be hunting YouTube looking for the premier of the Christmas special and news segments in Tenali, India. If you happen to find it please DM me immediately!