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An Open Letter To Vidyut Jamwal

December 4, 2013 11:51:14 AM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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Dear Vidyut Jamwal

It's rare for an established actor to be overshadowed completely after being on screen for the better part of 90 minutes. One would think that the case of who the hero is was settled. Right?


Saif Ali Khan must be wondering what he might have done wrong to be relegated to the sidelines in spite of director Tigmanshu Dhulia doctoring a fight sequence for him. He tried his best to keep Saif's heroic sheen intact, but in vain.

You came and changed the equation, not intentionally, but with your sincerity! Up until then, Dhulia was firing blanks.

For a relative newcomer to light up the screen in a manner like you did is nothing short of genius. For me, the bullets started firing with your entry. Suddenly, the movie seemed bearable.

Your FORCE as Vishnu two years ago was mind blowing. A terrific performance! This is what I had written then: ''His performance leaves you zapped. Never has a villain been portrayed so fearlessly, so evil and so high on raw exuberance. This guy is deadly. He leaves a chill down your spine with his flawless performance as someone out to wipe the Narcotics team. Gabbar, you've got competition brother!''

COMMANDO was a one man show but BULLETT RAJA was something else. It proved that you are a talent to reckon with.

It won't be over-the-top to say that you are to Bollywood what Bruce Lee was to Hollywood. You have that same determination and dedication; the eyes too exude that similar innocence. As far as action goes, you are in a league of your own. And that has come through sheer hard work, a dedicated routine and a desire to excel.

I only hope that you are given your due, because I know how hard it is for the girls to make it big. Every day you hear the same story. Most girls say that for the first four films, no one looks at talent! ''It is only after you make it big that talent does matter,'' say most of them, rather disillusioned.

I was shocked, because I thought that with corporatization of the industry, these things would have been passe. But even the newer lot, I believe, are no different sending SMSs in the dead of night to prospective heroines asking them to join in for a 'private party'.

The struggle will be tough there may be ample opportunities to compromise. My advice to you would be to bid your time. God has special plans in store for you. Don't upset His plan by getting anxious, or insecure. What is yours will be yours, but for that you have to have belief in God and in your God-given talent.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

If He has brought you so far, I am sure He will take you places you will never imagine.

God Bless You
Martin D'Souza
(This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be...)




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