|Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra -
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra -
He was born in New Delhi, India. Starting his career as an ad
He established Flicks Motion Picture Company Private Limited in
1986. He has directed scores of television commercials for
various Indian and international clients such as Coke, Pepsi,
Toyota, American Express and BPL. He has also directed music
videos such as Aby Baby starring Amitabh Bachchan. In June 2001,
his company released its first full-length feature film titled
Aks, starring Amitabh Bachchan.
Aks was moderately successful but was praised for the
performances in the film. His next release did not come until
2006. The film titled Rang De Basanti starred Aamir Khan, Soha
Ali Khan, and many more stars. The film was a huge hit in India
and did very well overseas. He received much acclaim for the
Mehra's next film will be a comedy entitled Delhi 6 starring
Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Om Puri, Waheeda Rehman, and
Atul Kulkarni among many other actors.
Mehra is also working on another film titled Bhairavi about a
family in the world of classical music where he wants to cast
Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, and Abhishek Bachchan in
On Delhi, I can go on and on. I will begin with my childhood. I
went to Blue Bell School, a small school in Jor Bagh. Small
means the school would upgrade every time the students crossed a
class: as we were promoted to Class V, the school added Class V
and so on. This went on till Class VIII. Then I switched to Bal
Bharti Air Force, now Air Force Bal Bharti.
As kids, we weren’t expected to score a 90 per cent and were
encouraged to excel in sports and extracurricular activities.
Blue Bells stressed on dramatics. Bal Bharti, on the other hand,
brought me nearer to sports and swimming. Eventually, I became
captain of the Delhi Swimming Team.
The next step was college. I went to Sri Ram College of Commerce
but most of my time was spent in other colleges of Delhi
University. The faculty was amazing.
I come from a middleclass family and Delhi never discriminated
against any class.
I was an outdoor person. Naturally, I had a lovely bunch of
friends, all outdoors people, like me. Today, we’d be in
Himachal, and the next day in Leh or Ladakh. When in Jaipur, we
watched films at Raj Mandir, which screened the big releases of
I never liked hanging out at market places. Lodhi Garden or a
Tughlakabad Fort was more to my liking. That way Delhi offers
you a lot. It’s very close to the Himalayan foothills. So, you
could always go to ISBT and ride a Rs 17 bus ticket to Manali. I
frequently went to Hrishikesh, for rafting.
In India, everyone’s a movie buff. So were we. We enjoyed our
movies: Chanakya being our choice of theatre, especially the
morning show, where the ticket cost 65p. One was allowed to sit
wherever. More often than not, I found myself there.
My mom and dad belong to Old Delhi. And I owe my passion for
food to Purani Dilli. It’s a place where you have something to
eat every ten steps. There was a Karims, there used to be one
Haldiram, then Ghantewala and the faluda shop at Fatehpuri Chowk.
Growing up in Delhi was never unidimensional. There was so much
to do. So much was happening. There were the Asian Games. The
Talkatora Stadium came up and the National Stadium got a
face-lift. I almost spend my youth there, from 6 am to 6 pm.
Our parents kind of let us be and do what we wanted to. At
times, they didn’t even know what we were doing. The level of
trust was so much. I guess, when you gain trust, there is a
Delhi’s girls always amused me. They kind of boycotted me. They
lived a life where they wanted to break free. At the same time
they were grounded. They didn’t have much of the opportunity to
venture out especially after sunset. There was contradiction
between what they had and what they wanted to do.
Delhi is a politically vibrant place. Everyone there runs the
country. I grew up in that environment.
I often go to Delhi. My family is still there. I was in Delhi
two months ago, during Dussehra hanging out at the Ramlila. I
saw Ravan being burnt. One has travelled to the biggest shows
possible, including the Hollywood Ball, Radio City or the
To be there in Ramila grounds and see the faces of people in the
crowd is fascinating. The dhool-mitti and the crowd is the
character of that place, which is so unique. It intrigues me
every time. On my laptop I have almost 5,000 photographs.
The greatest thing about Delhi is its history. The other best
thing about it is its people. Deep down, they are sweet and
good. Though on the surface, they are kind of striving and
competing with one another.
Source- Hindustan Times