November 27, 2008

It Wasn’t Pretty At All For The Prettiest Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts auditioned for the part of Linda Warner on All My Children and the part of Hayley Benson on Santa Barbara but in both the occasions, she got rejected. And when she made her film debut in Blood Red, she got just two words of dialogue.


Not only this pretty woman has a Mona Lisa kinda smile, but she was the first actress to get paid a $20 million paycheck for a movie as well. Even in the Hollywood Reporter’s annual power list of top-earning female stars, she has topped for four consecutive years (2002-2006). And as of 2007, her films have grossed more than $2.1 billion at the American box-office, making her the biggest female star of all time.

November 23, 2008

You Are Not What You Own

Since all those US, UK, SWISS brands have anchored their ships in India; it becomes a trend to wear cloths with the brands logo splashed all over. And people are floating over there because people start believing that it creates a higher identity for them.

Think, if you have to depend on brand to create your identity, then what the real identity you own? Free yourself by what you buy or what logo you splashed on your cloths. Of course some people will argue sometimes what we posses also create an identity for us. I’d say, “Yes, sometimes but it’s not authentic identity.” Our true identity lies in our values and the way we treat people, not in possessing goods.

A person’s true identity literally becomes an outfit and there’s nothing cool about that. Let your actions speak what you believe in, not those cool messages on your “Tee.” Yes dear, define yourself by the things you can’t buy but still you can posses.

You can’t buy an identity.
You can’t buy a class.
You can’t buy superiority.

Only one thing you can buy—a FALSE BELIEF that people respect you by the stuffs you posses.

November 17, 2008

Diablo Cody: A Divorce, A Flash Of Skin & An Oscar

They say you should not suffer through the past. You should be able to wear it like a loose garment, take it off and let it drop. ~ Eva Jessye
I have listened people saying, “It’s your past which shapes your present and will determine your future.” But I kick this philosophy out the memory. Recently I have watched a movie, Juno, a coming-of-age story about a teenager’s unplanned pregnancy made with the budget of only $6.5 million, but within 20 days it has gone on to earn more than 30 times of that amount.

But the best thing about the movie is its screenplay written by Diablo Cody. Now who is Diablo Cody? It’s the same Diablo Cody, after a broken marriage who started doing stripping in an armature night club and also spent time working in peep shows at an adult novelty store.

As writing was her biggest passion and there was no big opportunity knocking, she started writing blog about her own experience as a stripper. Within months, that blog became so popular that Gotham Books signed her for publishing a book. And at the age of 24, she wrote her memoir: “Candy Girl: A Year In The Life Of An Unlikely Stripper.

A Hollywood producer was so moved by the acerbic wit of that book, he encouraged Cody to write screenplay. After seven hard-working weeks in the back of a departmental store, she completed Juno. And Juno was the movie for which Diablo Cody went on to win the Oscar for the Best Original Screenplay.

Now if you look at her past, does it justify her present or determine her future—the future where she is gonna work with Stephen Spielberg? No! We can’t justify because the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Past? Leave it in the past!