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Monday, January 11, 2010

Chp 282. “Lights, camera, action” with CNN IBN


Look ma, I’m on national television!


CNN IBN YNOT homepage featuring Kima

As some of you may know, my previous post “Welcoming 2010 with vision 2020” was featured on CNN IBN’s weekly youth program called YNOT (click the above pic to go to their site).

Below is the video clip that appeared on the news channel.

I must warn you before viewing, that a typical North Eastern blogger (or any blogger for that matter) does not go around with a laptop in his hand and blogging at roadside tea-stalls next to train stations during morning rush hour My action in this video is purely for depiction purpose only



Urmi Sahni, producer – correspondent for CNN IBN was in charge of the entire shoot, and her team did an outstanding job with the video camera and editing (She’s also one of the sweetest newsperson I’ve ever met).

The day started at 6:30am. I was at Bandra Fort by 7:30 and the shooting began, with a sunrise silhouette shot right next to the magnificent towering Bandra Worli sealink. The intro about me from the video was shot when the sun was in my eyes, so it was quite difficult opening them (my eyes).

We did a lot of on-the-spot improvisation regarding the script too.

After a couple of shots at the fort and at bandstand, we moved to lower parel station. It was quite embarrassing doing a shoot there with everybody staring at me or wanting to be in the film once they realized there was a video camera present. We did a lot of retakes, and by 2pm I was completely exhausted (7 hours of video shoot for a 2 minute clip!)

We then moved to their studio (Network-18 HQ) where we spent some more time recording my voice at their audio studio. Their office was amazing, and there were LCD screens plastered all around the walls, broadcasting one news channel or the other. I even saw their news broadcast room.

Finally reached my office by 5pm, but not before making a pit-stop at KFC. All in all, it was an exhausting day, but more importantly, a great experience. CNN IBN, you truly rock!


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Ps. Had to add this: While we were shooting at Bandra Fort, some well dressed family (probably out on their morning walk) came near us, laughed, pointed at me and said, “Hey look, foreigners are making a movie”. And my story was about how we’re called foreigners in our own country. Define irony.


50 comments:

Varte said...

Bravo!!!! ropui chur chur ngei mai Hotupa nge nge..

Za vak lo-a i'n nui chun chun chu.. tlem chuan i LAI ve deuh tih chu a hriat, mahse i thuchah ken hi a ropui, last scene hi tha khawp mai.. Forbes kawmah ngei.. hahaha

Eveline said...

Can you hear it? It's an Auditorium full of clapping Illusionaire readers!!!!
Wheeewwwww! Whewww! I just had to stand up and clap for you!
It's well made and I'm just really inspired today. Here's to an Indian utopia. Vision 2020!
Happy New Year my dearest Kima! :)

Eveline said...
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vaphualization said...

"7 hours of video shoot for a 2 minute clip"?? my god, in lamka, we would have finished one whole music album in... 7 hours!!!

Kima, i, on behalf of my tribe, my clan and my community, would like to say how proud of you we are ;-))

illusionaire said...

@ Varte: Hotunu, thank you very much :) Ka ngaihtuah der lai pawh kha camera a tan lak a ni miahlo... ka ti der chhin lai an lo record tak taka, an lo chhuah a nih kha. hahahaha.

@ Eve: Thanx dear... hugz. It was embarrassing while acting it out in public, but Urmi told me I won't regret it later, and she was so right! :)

@ Vaphualization: eeeee, thanxxxx :) Yeah they are very professional and I guess thats how it is in the real world. Even during my feature at Tehelka, a pro camera man took around 100 photographs of me doing all sort of poses, just to select ONE pic for the magazine! :)

Carey said...

Congrats! But I was the first to have interviwed you, right!!!

This is great. Keep doing what you do.

Anonymous said...

Sandman, Kudos to you..When are you writing a novel? I am waiting for it..when? when? when?

Rara Avis

illusionaire said...

@ Carey: hehehe... thanx bro :D And of course the interview was one of the best things to happen to me. :)

@ Rara: lolz... maybe one fine day :D Thanx for the regular visit :-)

aduhi said...

Well done!! I hope that message reaches a billion people. Keep up the good work.

Nui tawp thei lo an tih ang hian i awm in ka hria :P

Arch Enfield said...

A tha viau mai, hengah te i 'vision' in sawi chhuak thei hrim hrim a. Mizoram han tih lai tak kha, Mizovin kan lam danin han lam phei lang chuan a tha lehzual tur te ka tia. Engpawhnise a lawmawm reng reng e, thleng thei tak maw? 'Forbes' kawm kha kan lo 'vision' ve teh ang....

Pixie said...

wow! and double wow! :D

CONGRATS!
So proud of you and well, yea, proud that I Read you as well! :) :)
you shot for 7 hrs?!
CNN-IBN does rock! :)

Anonymous said...

Urmisahni had her gmail open (Refer 1:14 in the video ) :P

btw congrats !!!

-follower of Kima's blog since 2006 ;-)

chawnghilh said...

A sturdy built with powerful lines—but with a soft-sound charm! Ought to be a writer, not a soldier! Another CB Naidu aka Sandman —future world within a laptop!

You went, You saw and You conquered! Bravo!

chawnghilh said...

Have I to believe my eyes—what's written on your right wrist? —an OM you got from a Kali Mandir!

dr_feelgood said...

Saw the clip on TV. Proud moment for all of us. keep up the good work.

illusionaire said...

@ Aduhi: :-) Thank you. Chuan... nia... nuih tawp hi chu a har fu :P

@ Arch Enfield: Ni e, ti khan ka lo sawi zawk lo a? Mizo kan nihna te a ti langsar leh zual a lawm.

@ Pixie: Thanx dear. Yup around 7 hours. Not bad for my first time, huh? :D

@ Anonymous: lolz!!!! Yeah, I noticed that too just now. She hasn't been reading her mails judging from the number of unread mails in her inbox. lolzzzz, hope she comes and sees this :D

@ Chawnghilh: Thank you, Pu Chawnghilh. And yup, that is indeed an OM. I was talking about NE people entering the bollywood arena, and I enacted one of Bollywood's most famous and identifiable gesture from the movie "Om Shanti Om" (Shah Rukh Khan giving a flying kiss and waving and he has an OM on his wrist). Not to be interpreted in any way :)

@ dr_feelgood: Thank you :-)

s.n.m said...

what were u looking for among the rocks...??..

i am really proud of you...for your perseverance, ur passion, ur goals...keep up the good work...hope to see u soon (may drop by Mumbai in June with wife and family enroute to sikkim)

take care

snm

Mimihrahsel said...

Bro, just showed this to mom and brothers. Will show it to dad now. We are all proud of you. Hugsss

jerusha said...

The first Mizo to officially feature on CNN IBN I'm sure. What the hell - I'm so frigging proud to say this is a guy I personally know. Congrats Kimskims! :)

thinchhia said...

khai aw! zonet,lps tih vel ai chuan nuam deuh ang a.i pui ru riau.

Irene said...

I hah viau a i hah man chu Hnam tan alawm. I in chhir ka ring lo.

Congrates!!

OpaHmar said...

the caption : "A youngster stands with a laptop pondering about his future" ...umm YOUNGSTER

And about the family commenting on the "phoren philm" - not irony, rather 'point in case'

Hey will someone put this up on Zonet/LPS

Congrats and as Mimi blogged....hope another crongatulation will be in the order soon

ruolngulworld said...

Congratulations! You da man :)

claytonia vices said...

This is great dude! :)
Congrats and way to go!
May this only be the beginning of greater things to come :)

Alejendro said...

Hey, kudos ;-)

Really like what you've said, hope that million and trillion of people in the world hear this message.. keep up the good work.. :-)

claytonia vices said...

“Hey look, foreigners are making a movie” LOL!

VaiVa said...

Bollywood rawng i kai chinah hian biak i har riau mai! I lo ropui hle mai, hmai chhanah ka hmu chak bawn tawp tawp che.... :P

Chicco said...

You said, 'CNN IBN, you truly rock!' I say, 'Kima, you truly roll.'
Oh, and don't stop rolling.

illusionaire said...

@ Sonam: Thanx bro. And will look forward to your visit. And WHATTTT? You're married!!!!????? You never told me!

@ Mimi: Give my love to uncle, aunt, and your brothers :D I'm sure your brothers had some funny comments to make regarding my video :P

@ Jeru: Am definitely not the 1st, but it sure felt good to say what I am passionate about on national television :-)

@ Thinchhia: Eh, chi nang. A zahthlak zawk ang!

@ Irene: Thank you. Hah chu hah ve khawp mai :-)

@ OPaHmar: Yes, Youngster. You have a problem with that? Lets take this outside, come. :D

illusionaire said...

ruolngulworld: Thank you, ka pu. Ti lawmawm e.

@ Claytonia: Thanx bro. I hope it is. I really do :-)

@ Alej: Nia, I hope this message penetrates deeper. We write about such stuff but most of our readers are the ones who already know about this. By being on television, we have reached out to a wider range of crowd.

@ VaiVa: Om shanti Om ka ti kha min thik. i ti ve chak.

@ Chicco: Thanx a lot :-) I will roll till I bruise :D

Alejendro said...

Mahse i hming i thluk dan diklo hi chu ngaihthlak har ka ti ve mai mai :-D just sayin'....

Pu Bear said...

Kima..You did a great job!!! Proud of you ;)

virgochhas said...

*hoot hoot hoot hoot*

you da man...go man go!...

P.S: since wen haf u grown so chubby

faka said...

Great! great! great! Hotupa you certainly rock too!

Anonymous said...

"a so called "non-tribals" said...
Do you people "so called mongolites" treat people of other races with respect in the north-east......I dont think so........ I have lived through years of discrimination because i'm not one of the so called "mongols". I am referred to as a non-tribal here.
There is downright rascism in the north-east when it comes treating people from other parts of India.
......what goes around simply comes around.... "

i strongly doubt that you are a genuine person with genuine reasons.
as illusionaire has rightly pointed out, not all north-easterners are tribals. i am an example.
one more thing i would like to add is that not all indians are tribals.
most of the migrants from 'mainland' india (as we love to call it) are tribals from bihar or uttar pardesh or orissa or west bengal... they are dalits and adivasis. so, there is no point stretching on this topic.

72% of the business in our region is controlled by people from mainland india. most of the bureaucrats are from mainland india. most of the mainlanders come in droves and date our girls.

i was brought up in imphal-west - imagine we (locals) could not even enter the jain temple or gurudwara, but we in the first place allowed them to set up huge temples and gurudwaras. we do not complain.
we could not even say 'hi' to a jain girl, leave apart the fact that almost all the jain boys date multiple local girls. we do not intimidate out girls, you may call them cheap though! .........

Anonymous said...

the time is NOW ripe for us to take some initiatives to strenghthen the existence and cause of freedom in india.
we have to be very refined and knowledgeable.

Keichala said...

OMG! I just wasted 2mins of my precious time watching the clips...lol

Gr8 work bro :-)

keimah said...

Bravo, Kima! A ropui e...

Lucy In The Sky said...

I am sooo proud of you, Sandy.

Why couldn't I reach you on your phone?

chhangte_ll said...

Boss chu a 'All-Round' hle mai. Next Stop, Bollywood..he he he...I ti tha in a lawmawm hle mai :)

s.n.m said...

did u see ur room in 3 idiots? heheh

~j~ said...

Excellent blog post. I wish your story sparks off the right kind of awareness about the beautiful North East states and their people. Someday, I hope to visit these regions of India :)

Good luck in your endeavours!

codeAries said...

I boss nih a nuam sawt ka tih kha lo hre reng la... :D

illusionaire said...

Thanks a lot for all your comments. I have been extremely busy lately, with never seen before large projects landing on my lap, hence haven't had the time come online at all. Wish you all good health and warmest greetings.

DayDreamBeliever said...

Wow! Our man is going places! Congrats...really, really proud of you! Keep it up.

Almost Unreal said...

uissss... :)

Arunima said...

i loved it i loved it i loved it.

illusionaire said...

DayDream: Thanx, sis :-)

Almost: nia, uissss... :)

Arunima: Thank you Thank you Thank you! :-)

Sangzuala Hmar said...

I missed the show, but however luckily this guy did it again for us. I wasn't my fault it was the Government of Mizoram's, power was out!!!!

Candid shots aren't they? N our dear kima looked pretty convincing (but not good lolzzz)

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