Unfortunately the glamour world blows up things; it presents a larger than life picture and if we fall for it, we get badly disconnected with ourselves. It requires a rare courage to be honest and debug the propaganda that threatens to take us away from our true selves.
Daring to be honest and different
Mansoor Khan is an archetypal intelligent man who dared to live beyond the mind – he truly transcended the razzle-dazzle world of Bollywood. Despite establishing himself as an excellent film director, he dared to change his life.
In the mid 1980’s Bollywood’s reputation took a serious downslide. The movies dished out by the tinsel town were sub-standard, the slicks predictable and boring.
Enter Mansoor Khan with new ideas and a freshness which took the entertainment industry by storm. He had fresh actors, debutant music directors and new singers, and Quyamat se Quyamat tak was the pleasant and welcome change that Bollywood looked for. The film won the prestigious National award for the best movie of the year and numerous other accolades flowed in.
Mansoor Khan had become a household name. Having graduated from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and then studied at Cornell and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) added to his impressive persona. Then came Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, another box office winner that had the critics and fans lavish praise. Mansoor Khan was here to stay. People compared him with his father Nasir Hussain and declared the son’s talents surpassed his father’s directorial skills.
Mansoor Khan however scripted a different story for his own life. He knew his calling was different. Even when his first film was about to be released, he tried to ensure his name didn’t appear in the credits. He didn’t want the name and fame of Bollywood because he had seen the shallowness of it all. His father, an accomplished director, had become a prisoner of success! Mansoor as a teenager, saw his father’s inability to cope with failure when some of his movies bombed. Although he was famous, he feared he may lose his reputation. Mansoor saw that his dad was desperate to keep up his name and soon realized that name and fame compels one to live with a wrong identity; one works hard to maintain one’s position whilst being disconnected from their real, happy self.
To be continued…