Posted On Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 12:47:39 PM
Jay Ji is constantly on the move from one place to another, discussing ideas and generally perfecting a Hindi film script he has been working on. A professional photographer, he says his profession is such, it allows him to mingle it with recreational activities, particularly on weekends.
Scripted moves: I am working on a script for a feature film which I will be directing. Weekends give me the perfect opportunity to work on it, accompanied by my assistant director. We discuss ideas and concentrate on bettering the dialogues.
Lazy Saturdays and Sundays also give me an opportunity to observe people closely — this is very helpful in gaining perspective in terms of making a movie. While I am at it, I move from one place to another.
For instance, in the morning, I am at Sambhaji Park and then I move to Model Colony. I love drinking herbal tea, so after a while I come to FC Road and go to Aromas for drinking tea.
Piano man: It has been a few months since I started learning the piano at Academy of Music, Koregaon Park. The film I will be making has 12 songs which I have composed. Learning the piano helps me to fine tune these compositions and adds to my musical knowledge.
At the moment, I am learning to read and write music. Though I am more into Indian classical music, I don’t mind listening to a few select Western classical composers like Beethoven and Mozart.
I also have many musical instruments at home and play percussion instruments. I have to attend piano classes on Saturdays from 10 am to 11 am.
Right click: These days photography has taken a backseat because I am busy working on the script of my film. However, I do venture out once in a while with my students on photography trips. I visit places that provide a good landscape for taking pictures.
Some of the locales we frequent are Mahabeleshwar, Konkan and Panshet dam. We also go to remote villages where we can find exotic subjects for photography like birds and insects. In such an environment, it becomes easier to teach my students the finer points of photography.
Come Friday: My weekends start on Friday by watching movies. This is an old habit of mine to watch whatever is showing at theaters. Sometimes, I watch the same film, three to four times with family and friends.
Besides, I have a collection of 600 movies to pick from. I love to watch world cinema, they deal with much mature topics than the daily dose of violence and romance films we come across.
Boy’s toy: Well, since my hobby has also become my bread and butter, I like to spend time learning about my Canon EOS 5D. This is a high-end camera that can also be used to shoot films.
Some recent films have been filmed using this camera. I like to tinker around with it and see what all it is capable of. Using this equipment is a great way to spend time and since I don’t have many friends, it works out fine for me.