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The Young and Restless- Aaditi Pohankar, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Shalmali Kholgade

Have been meeting so many of them in the 18-24 age group who are inventing, reinventing, changing, melting, recasting, transforming, multitasking at breakneck speeds. They are ready to experiment with everything that comes their way and have the Midas touch to make it successful. There is no doubt that nothing can stop them from what they are eyeing at and I can see that it’s not too far away. The trio I couldn’t stop noticing, I just thought I would share my bond with them.

Aaditi Pohankar

aaditi pohankarShe is so real, so genuine, a darling. On stage off stage no pretences, bold, brave, innocent, child like, ready to kill at one moment and at the same time might just crumble if she trusts you. She is judgmental, trying to know if the other person is genuine or fake because probably she is protecting herself. But still she wears no shell around her. She was the first one in my dance class who got talking to me and was annoyed when I just shushed her because I was recording something. But just as she boils, she cools down. We started talking back again. She is like one of those people who can either be loved or loved.

I first felt the connect when she was talking about her mom and how she was so full of life  and suddenly looked at me and said “You know you remind me so much of her and she is the one who has arranged for us to meet. We are sitting and talking here because we have our energies connected and were in some or the other way linked in our past life”. I was reading a lot about regression around that time and someone talking about it with so much belief intrigued me and I would be lying if I say I did not believe her. She invited me and my kids to one of her plays by Makrand Deshpande ‘Timeboy’. I just couldn’t believe how spontaneous, bubbly, funny could this girl be who was totally opposite in her Marathi Movie “kunasathi kunitarii”. And that pink frock of hers she wore in the play, was something I would never fit in, I thought.

She is dedicated and methodical and has a great perseverance. Everything she does she puts in a lot of research and passion. She is hardworking and very romantic at heart. Because she believes so much in love she is extremely affable and lovable. She is very, very, very attached to her mom and keeps telling me I am so much like her and I just feel very good today that we are connected.

Shriya Pilgaonkar

shriya pilgaonkar

With great power comes great responsibility. Heard Spiderman say this so many times but realized that only when I met this girl. My first thoughts when I saw her were “What does she eat? Does she eat at all? How can someone be so thin? It is so unfair that I am struggling to shed kilos and she just about as thin as one of my fingers.” In fact the first thing I said to her was how can someone stay so thin and prompt came her reply “let me too have 3 kids like you and still stay the way you are. You are so fit I must say. “Really?” I thought. She is always so alert and looking around again and again. She speaks fast, thinks fast, moves fast. You are bound to miss out a thing here or there about her but what you can’t miss about her is her smile. If you want to know how to talk, how to teach, how to blush, how to get angry and annoyed, how to and smile – all with a smile- you must watch her.

And now about the Spiderman thing. She wears this high brows look. Anyone would think it’s an attitude. She talks so fast and just to-the-point that one might again feel she is unreachable. She doesn’t stand around to gossip. Just comes and goes like a fresh breeze. But I saw her giggle and joke around with her friends and thought omg she is so naughty. Later when I learnt that she is the daughter of Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar, I realized why she was so much in control of what she talks. She is not at all frivolous like many of the girls of her age and already has so much in her hand. She is making movies, acting in a plays, dancing, working and independent. She wears so many hats at a time at this age, no wonder she is so measured about everything. She is a sweet, smart go-getter with just the right attitude to be a winner. I am waiting for the big news. It’s just around the corner I am sure Shriya.

Shalmali Kholgade

shalmali kholgade

I just love the spunk in her. I met her in my dance classes and when my teacher whom we fondly call tai introduced us to each others as singers in her class. We bonded almost instantly and talked about our interests in genres, singers and the works just to realize that I was so outdated about the current crop of songs and singers in the western world. An avid Amy Winehouse fan, she sings with many groups and performs at various places. While her mom is a classical singer she sings western and pop and is self trained in English and pop numbers. Singing is in her genes but it’s her hard work that gives her the control in high pitch notes. Remember her singing at our class once. Though I couldn’t make out which song but she has a micro phonic voice in control and with a lot of scope for emotions. Just this once she called me for her show at Blue Frog for a Grammys Tribute Night with a band. She even blocked entries for me but I was not sure if I would make it. Just then my brother called that he was back in town and bingo! We both were there just a little before her number. Her eyes were all of that of Amy Winehouse’s, and when I pointed that out she passionately started telling about the Amy Winehouse tribute show she did few months back at blue frog and how successful it was and how excited she was to see me there and that her dad was very happy with her work and was planning to buy her a car and for her next show she would pick me up so that we both could have some fun on the way. She talked and talked and talked till someone pointed that she would be next. Starting from adjusting the mike, to the end of the show, she was not the girl who was just talking to me. She was drama personified. There was so much happening beyond singing. She connected to everyone. Just as slowly she started singing and pulling every single soul there with those invisible strings, all were left asking for more.

She is a kid who has all the fun and also has her quiet pensive moments when she is focusing deeply on something but, stage is where she belongs to. The amazing quality about her is that she just transforms on the stage. She is a singer, a drama queen, a heartbreaker a total package someone would want to see up there. No stopping you Shalu. Way to go……

I am very glad to have known these girls so close and wish them all the big things in life that they want and are meant to have.

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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Amchi Mumbai, Movie, Review

 

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