Young movie maker needs your help

Received this message from Manav Vigg, a young Delhi based movie maker, who had just finished his first feature film, along with friends. Read and help in whichever way you can.


Dear Friends,

WITH LOVE, DELHI! is my 1st Bollywood film as Film Producer, a dream that I, like millions others, cherished since long but it was unbelievably tough to make it as I did not have a single contact in Bollywood and was just a middle class Chartered Accountant with hardly any financial backing to make a film :(.

However, dreams do come true and as a team we did it: I am extremely emotional and proud to present you the 1st look trailer of the film on youtube – (or simply search “with love delhi” on youtube) – awaiting your comments on the same. If you like this 1st look trailer, we would be obliged if you can please forward this mail to everyone on your mail’s contact list and post the link on your Facebook wall, Twitter page etc., we really need your support!

USP of Cast & Crew
Introducing Ashish Lal and Pariva Pranati as the lead pair, this film has its Lead Actor, Producers, Director and Writers engineers from IIT Delhi who have joined hands with some of the most talented Bollywood cast and crew viz. Padma Shri Tom Alter (2008 – for his distinguished contribution in the field of Arts), National Award Winner Seema Biswas (1996 – for Shekhar Kapur’s “Bandit Queen”), veteran Kiran Kumar, National Award Winner Cameraman S.Sriram (2000 – for his film “Blindfolded”), Filmfare & Star Screen Awards Winner Editor Namarata Rao (2011 – for Love Sex Aur Dhokha & Band Baaja Baaraat respectively), a veteran music scholar Music Director Sanjoy Chowdhury and an experienced Associate Producer Ravi Sarin (2011 – awarded Best Line Producer of Delhi).

The Story Behind the Curtains
Have you seen the 3 Idiots? Are they Aamir Khan (after engineering from a top institute, teaches kids in Ladakh), Sharman Joshi (after engineering does job on his own terms) and Madhavan (after engineering opts for wildlife photography)? Yes, but that’s in reel life, in real life they’re Ashish Lal (Engineer from IIT Delhi – now a Film Actor), Ashutosh Matela (Engineer from IIT Delhi – now a Film Director) and Manav Vigg (Chartered Accountant – now a Film Producer)!

These 3 Idiots, sar se paun tak shudh middle class, with not a single contact in Bollywood (didn’t know even a spot boy 😦 ), have made a full length commercial feature film: WITH LOVE, DELHI!, a suspense thriller cum romance Bollywood film. Arranging crores to match the standards of a good Bollywood film was possible only through scores and scores of friends and relatives who supported us, some with 50k to some with 20lacs but each to the best of their financial abilities. Who says people don’t support, especially not financially, for passionate dreams of others, they do!

With the financial support of so many friends and relatives, we’ve made a humble attempt to create a quality film with a sensible and entertaining storyline. We really hope that in case you find this film interesting and of good quality, please forward this mail or share the youtube link on Facebook, Twitter etc.

Thanks a ton…all we 3 Idiots can say is “Hey Bhagwan, Katrina aur Kareena ko bhi behen ki nazar se dekhenge, bas yeh film hit kara dena” :))!

Trucks and trucks of love,
Team WiLD

Manav Vigg,
RedMat Reves Films Pvt. Ltd.,
Mumbai & New Delhi.

P.S. – Link to Facebook page ( ), Youtube Channel ( ) , Blog on how 3 middle class guys managed to make the movie ( ) and Twitter account (!/RedLal


Can My Customers Own My Company?

Ok, so what if I start a company where every time customers purchased the product or service,  they get some shares in the company? The more they buy [and/or recommend] they more they own.

Will the regulators have a problem with that? What might be the pitfalls or watch out areas?

What may be the notion of CSOPs [Customer Stock Option Plan]? I am thinking.

It’s Apple’s World. I am just living in it.

Oh ok..I get it. So the ‘customer focused’ Apple has not only finally decided to bless India with iPhone4, but has also persuaded Airtel and Aircel, two of the largest operators to choose from its library of ‘standardized’ and ‘globalised’  TVCs. I just saw the Airtel ad that shows Mandarin language characters [‘strokes this exquisite’] and a Chinese baby girl.

The Aircel ad shows the finger of God booking a Delta airline ticket and translating a menu from Sapanish to English.

“If you dont have an iPhone,”, says the VO, “well, you dont have an iPhone”.

I get it, I am the have not in Apple’s world, right? Well Apple, I would rather remain the have not, than stoop to your condescending level.

Get that.

Testing two extremes in one week.

Last week was a terrific week for me.

Wednesday and Thursday,  was @ ad:tech New Delhi [well, technically Gurgaon], listening to many highly accomplished people, meeting several young entrepreneurs and managers, discussing how marketing is changing and how digital is changing the way we practiced marketing as we knew it.  A lot of globally renowned speakers gave gyan, made very strong company pitches, and talked about their version of the future. I could not attend several talks, but heard many good things about them later. How can we make more money, what new app I am building, what multiple I am able to get from my VC, why marketers are not spending enough on digital and therefore losing out, why digital should not be used as much for brand building as for performance kind of questions dominated the super charged atmosphere. You really cannot blame me if I thought I was already in the future. My ego got its much needed message every time someone who I didn’t know nodded at me and wanted my name card and wouldn’t believe I have actually been on vacation for the last 4 months and wasn’t really involved in any income generation and wealth creation activity.

Then on Friday, I attended a day long conference on Impact Evaluation of Developmental initiatives, organised by a research company called Sambodhi whose name I was ignorant of until 3 weeks ago. Here I sat through deep discussions on the challenges of fixing accountability when it comes to developmental work. I saw case studies of poverty alleviation, Vitamin A supplementation programs, mid-day meal program, nutrition initiatives in Ethiopia, Bangledesh, and of course, India, and other issues. I met sociologists and anthropologists and other Ph.D’s, who have dedicated their lives to social sector work. I listened to bureaucrats, researchers, statisticians, professors and officials in development funding organisations and NGOs, talk with contagious passion about public health, nutrition, education, and measurement. I met people from organisations I wasn’t even aware existed. As you might have guessed it, no one knew me in this conference and very few knew what the QR code on my name card was meant for.. So much for the ego.

As I reflect on the two conferences and the three days, I cannot help but wonder how ‘social’ meant two absolutely different things in the two events. It’s almost as if I has swung between two entirely different worlds in three days.

Quite a fascinating experience.

Oh what a psychic!

Watched an episode of a show called Date Trap on BINDASS this evening. I have so many comments to make on the show, but the one that really got me was the usage of the word ‘psychic’ by one of the young participants in referring to another participant.

Quite clearly, what she meant to say was ‘psycho’.

Now, just because it’s a reality show [apparently, although it appeared very scripted to me], must we let English be raped in every sentence? I understand youngsters have their own language, but this?

BTW, another participant actually used the sentence ‘ what a mad guy your boy friend is! He has no ethics of talking or what?’ I am still trying to make out what that meant, even after 3 hours.

Also, when Gaurav the host says ‘you are watching Date Trap’, it sounds very ‘you are watching Date Rape’ to me.

Oh, the soul liberating power of TV!

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How we get educated

This afternoon, I was waiting in a cafe to meet someone. The table was for two and my friend is running a bit late.

A group of five or six people came and occupied the two tables next to mine – two adults and three or four kids, mostly around six to seven years of age. They were falling short of a chair and one of the kids, a little girl, casually dragged away the chair opposite me, the one meant for my friend. Now, I do not want to sound petty, but I sort of expected the adult [perhaps a guardian of the child] to ask if they could take the chair. Since my friend was late, I would have probably agreed anyway. But no permission was asked.

It got me thinking for a minute. We are a nation with a lot of formally educated people [the world’s largest number of graduates, if I am right], we were in a fairly modern and premium coffee shop, those people didn’t look uneducated to me, and yet, what civility would that little girl have learnt today?

We blame our inherited-from-the-British education system at the drop of a hat and yet, what do we teach our children at home?

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