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An Open Letter To Ishita Dutta

August 5, 2015 10:34:44 AM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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Dear Ishita

Your first ever biggest Friday has come. Your worst fears are now behind you. The road looks smooth and the ride easy. Indeed it is, if you only go by the guidance of your older sister Tanushree Dutta. It is the road she has travelled. And experience is the greatest teacher. Never, for even a moment, let go of her finger!

She knows what Fridays are. She also knows what the following Saturday and Sunday can do to your Monday!  Moreover, she knows well what a badly promoted movie can do to one's career. Or for that matter, what bad PR tactics [to generate interest in a dead script] can do to one's self esteem and career. There have been times when ‘scoops' have been cooked up and the whole exercise has boomeranged in one's face. If Tanu won't tell you, other actors surely will, once you get to know them.

So as far as experience and guidance is concerned, you have it inside your own home. You have to understand that success is a fickle mistress, who kisses your cheeks and then vanishes. But yes, if you take success as it comes, and move with humility, you are setting yourself up for more success. Keep your feet firmly on the ground. You are young and it is important to realize this early on in life. Many a promising career has been nipped in the bud because early success was handled with brashness. That's the impetuosity of youth.

Luckily for you, DRISHYAM was promoted well. In that sense, you had a decent exposure. However, the focus was on Tabu and Ajay Devgn, the stars of the movie. The fact that you shone brightly speaks volumes of your ability as an actress. You broke through. Even a seasoned actress like Shriya Saran could not. You handled scenes with these veterans with aplomb, something that will make any seasoned performer proud. Looking back, you would have realized that in the end, it is the performance (content) that counts, not the promotion!

You also have to be grateful to the PR machinery that they did not resort to any cheap tactics of promoting you. Your talent and performance was enough to make you sail through your first acid test in Bollywood.

Moreover, I firmly believe Tanushree had a big role to play in your success. She entrusted you into the hands of the Lord. That's what she told me. And when you do that, you tell God, “Boss, you are in control, take care from here on.” And HE has taken care of you and will continue to do so.

What is most striking about your temperament and confidence is that you picked a role as a daughter, something no actress will do for their first film. Everyone wants to look gorgeous, wear fancy clothes, and sometimes a two-piece bikini, to make that ‘splash'!

Even in your staid salwar, worn-out jeans and a harassed look, you made a SPLASH! You were in control of your emotions as the character demanded, a big plus for any newcomer.

Moreover, your natural beauty brought warmth across the screen something no surgeon can do. I sincerely hope you do not get carried away to ‘look good' by industry standards and end up looking unrecognizable a few years from now!

God does not make a mistake. You are unique; a beautiful face. It has character! Stay that way.

There will be many more Fridays coming your way and each will bring a pressure of its own. Know this for a fact: if you have sailed through your First Friday, He will ensure you sail through the rest as well.

All you have to do is rest in His Grace.

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

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