Jalsa , Mumbai July 3, 2011 Sun 11:21 PM
The morning hour of today … 5 am ! A drive for prayer, to Haji Ali, to Siddhivinayak, to Babulnath .. Mumbai looking stupendous .. low dark rain clouds, slight mild rain, a turbulent muddy sea at Worli and Marine Drive, a strong wind that blows across the trees by the shore .. and divinity !!
Could have never asked for a better start. A day filled with all the EF sending in the reports from various parts of the world for the film, the excitement of reactions from friends and not so friends .. hectic activity among the EF through Fatima and Barun and Ami and Anu and oh 1 so many many more all over doing their best to push and reveal facts .. such a commitment from all .. I have no words to show my gratitude.
And then the radio interviews organized by Anuraag Pandey and Divya … good fun and finally the Sunday crowd … unbelievable. The largest and the most excited I have seen in the last many years .. media with their OB vans outside today covering this event and then congratulating me for the success of the Film. All so heady and humbling … what does one say .. I really have no words of value to express myself … all that I can say is this .. the entire EF is responsible for the success of BHTB .. !!!
I plan to go to Ajmer Sharif tomorrow .. a most respected and important place of prayer .. it carries the belief that if you tie a thread at the mazaar as a ‘mannat’, it comes true. Almost 40 years ago when I was just about to start my work as an actor in this Industry, I had come to Ajmer and the Holy Place and had tied a thread on the filigree work that surrounds the main area .. for long I had wanted to revisit it and untie it, as a fulfillment of that mannat. Tomorrow if all goes well I shall be able to complete it. You untie any thread, for it is difficult to find the one that one ties almost 40 years back, and that is taken as a completion of your wish. If you wish another wish you tie another thread !
Allah ke dar pe der hai andher nahin ..
It shall be a most nostalgic visit. I was an unknown visitor then. I wait to see how it shapes up now tomorrow … more things in life fraught with undesirability are overcome with prayer than any other .. prayer, that is a dedication and belief in one such superior power that shall when called out to, hopefully deliver … I need that deliverance .. and the prayer .. HIS might and presence has played such an important part of my life, indeed in the lives of many !! May HE give us greater strength and forbearance to face the hurdles that we must overcome, to acknowledge the goodness HE provides and to rest in the comfort of the direction HE recommends …
Love to all ..