They asked me to name five (or more, and I chose more) people I’d wanna meet in a WeChat group and have a chat with. K.M.S.C.D.G.f.D.L.B are those ten people. I’m not that cruel, I’m not going to leave you lingering with the doubt of the identities of the people whose names have been crushed into the acronym that is my post’s title. Here are those five people. Note, there’re countless people I’d wanna talk to, but the guys who asked me this question obviously don’t have time to read about ALL the people I’d wanna chat with, so I had to painfully choose.
There was this joke I read on the internet once. Steven Spielberg dies and goes to heaven, and the angel at the gates of heaven tells him “No filmmakers allowed in heaven”. ‘Berg peeks into the gate and finds Kubrick walking in heaven. So ‘Berg asks the gatekeeper why Kubrick was allowed inside despite being a filmmaker, and the gatekeeper responds “He’s God, he belongs there”. That’s Kubrick for you, the God of cinema. There’re hundreds of immensely talented filmmakers out there, but nobody commanded such perfection and depth as Kubrick. He’s a man who’s touched almost every genre of cinema there is. Horror, war, drama, black comedy. Kubrick was a perfectionist. Nothing in the frame would be there without a reason. He’d end up repeating the same scene more than a 100 times to get the best take. And he was an innovator. His vision was something that was aloof of the prevailing traditions. He’d look at the story he’d want to tell and come up with methods never before used. He is, undoubtedly, the greatest director of all time.
What would we talk about? Well, the first thing I’d ask him is how he became such a learned filmmaker without having actually gone to a film school, so that I could follow in his footsteps (in a very naive way of course). I’d ask him about The Shining, the film which has, arguably, the most amount of dissection done to. I’d ask him about all the hidden meanings which he meant to allude to. I’d ask which of his works he’s most proud of. And finally, I’d aks him to give me advice on how to be a filmmaker. That last question was a no brainer really, but still. So, K stands for Kubrick.
I was in eleventh grade when I first read the phrase “Only the dead stay 17 forever”. Murakami wrote that. Murakami is a Japanese novelist whose works have been translated into many languages and have become international best sellers. But he’s more than his sales numbers. People love his books because he has a way of making the reader see into the very depths of himself (by himself, I mean the reader’s self, not Murakami’s self). My first tryst with Murakami was when I read his novel Norwegian Wood, a book which became such a hit that Murakami left Japan to avoid the stardom. And of course, reading Norwegian Wood helped me understand myself better, so I can now easily say that Murakami is my favourite author of all time. The way he creates worlds, describes scenes and moulds fleshed out people using words is pure magic.
What would we talk about? Well, I’d ask him the one question which everyone’s asked. “How much of Norwegian Wood and which of its characters were inspired by real life people?”. I’m dying to know that. Most of the conversation, though, would involve me acting like an embarrassing fanboy (sometimes I can’t control myself). Oh, and one final question I’d ask him is this: “Would you let me adapt any one of your novels?”. And I’d wait with anticipation for an answer, and pray it’s a yes. So M stands for Murakami.
I don’t think there’s any man more eligible to be idolised than Ayrton Senna. The most ambitious F1 racer there ever was, most humble, most competitive, most skilled, most charitable, most spiritual, the list goes on and on. I’ve actually written a huge post detailing why Senna will be my first true idol, so not going to waste space and time reiterating the same thing here. Senna’s dead. He died in 1994.
What would we talk about? I’d first ask him if he’s found God. He was a very spiritual man when he was alive, and now that he’s dead, I’m assuming I’ll still be talking to the dead Ayrton Senna. So I’ll ask him if he’s found God. I’ll probably make a side note about how big an idol he is to me and a lot of youngsters like myself. We’ll probably continue talking about F1. I like cars, so it might get a bit technical. I’ll ask him about all the technical changes he likes to be made to his car, and about how he balances the car so well during the rain and all that. Pure nerd talk, with the occasional spurt of fanboyism to act as icing on the cake.
So the S stands for Senna.
I didn’t even know Cobain when his death sent shockwaves through the world of music. I must’ve been introduced to him when VH1 played Smells Like Teen Spirit a few years ago, back when they still played good music. Loud grunge music is not exactly my thing, but I liked the tune. I started getting hooked into Nirvana’s other songs, and slowly began reading up about Cobain, and some of his quotes really struck a cord inside me. He became an enigma, someone I wanted to understand but couldn’t. The lyrics of his songs only confused me further, and made me want to know more.
So, what would we talk about? We’d talk about his childhood, about the bullying he’s faced, if any. About his home. About what he wanted to talk about through his songs, about why he started feeling hypocritical. About why he stuck with Courtney Love even though she was as messed up as he was. About what made him end it. Basically, I just want to know him as a person. He’s made me feel that desire, to want to know him as a person. He’s dead, but maybe we could become friends. I don’t want to talk about his music that much. Just what went behind everything he did, every line he wrote and said.
So the C stands for Cobain.
I love Harry Potter. And anybody who loves Harry Potter loves Dumbledore (in general). He is, after all, one of the best old-wise-guide-archetype-character in all of fiction. And, I dunno, it’s possibly the playful twinkle in his eye that hooked me into him. Every time I’d read the books, I’d be itching for another dialogue exchange between Dumbledore and any other character. He’d always have a funny quip, and words of wisdom. Not to mention his past. He’s someone who’s seen and felt and done so much, and yet his exterior reveals none of it. To me, he was the most fascinating and lovable character in Harry Potter, not Harry, not Hermione, not Snape, not Ron, not Fred or George, it was Dumbledore.
What would we talk about? Well, lots of stuff. Dumbledore likes to talk a lot, and I like to listen a lot, and occasionally talk too. We’d talk about the sweets of the wizarding world, we’d talk about him and Grindelwald. I’d certainly ask him if there really exists magic, and whatever shrewd answer he’d give, I’d memorize. I’d ask him about all the secrets of Hogwarts which he discovered during his stint there. I’d ask him why he didn’t stop Voldemort when he could have. I’d ask one last thing about whether he has a few Bertie Botts Every Flavoured Beans on him, so that I could actually taste them. I’d pray he didn’t hand me vomit or ear wax flavour.
So D stands for Dumbledore.
I’m a guy and I’ve never been as awestruck by a male actor as I have with Gosling. Simply because of his raw and pure talent. And his diversity, might I add. He’s the guy who played a romantic in The Notebook, a heartbroken husband and step father in Blue Valentine and a violent stunt driver/getaway driver in Drive. And he did them all so well, you can’t imagine anybody else doing the same role. That’s Gosling for you, the man I hail to be the greatest actor alive, and one of the greatest actors to have ever lived. His intensity is unmatched.
What would we talk about? First and foremost, I’d ask about his method of acting. About how he’s able to bring out the poignant emotions in the various diverse characters he’s played. I’d ask him about his personal life, something which he’s so guarded about. I’d ask him what made him come to acting in the first place. I’d ask him if any part of what he portrayed in Blue Valentine or The Place Beyond The Pines reminded him of some similar situation from his own life. I’d ask him what he’s learnt from all the directors he’s worked under, which has helped him take a step from acting to directing. And finally, I’d ask him if he’d honour me by acting in one of my future films. Not a bad chat eh?
So the G stands for Gosling.
You don’t need me to tell you who Anne Frank was. Or about her diary.
If I were to meet her on a WeChat group, I’d just talk to her about normal kids stuff. She was a kid. And I know a lot of the stuff which we would talk about are already there in her diary, but that’s beside the point. A one to one conversation is always special, even if it’s a repetition of something that’s already there. So, we’d talk about kids stuff. Nothing negative, hopefully. Nothing about concentration camps. Maybe some jokes here and there. She’s presented this insanely grim image of the holocaust, all by herself, that too unintentionally through her diary, and I want to know her personally.
The F stands for Frank.
8)Willie G. Davidson
The recently retired design head of Harley Davidson Motor Company, Willie G. Davidson is the first person I’d think of if I were asked to think of someone who utterly personifies the riding spirit. And being the crazy Harley Davidson afficionado that I am, I’d be retarded to not want to talk to him. He retired only last year (or last to last year, I’m confused). And he’s responsible for personally designing some of the most sought-after Harleys in the market.
What would we talk about? Plain and simple. Harley Davidson, and riding. We’d talk about all that goes into making a bike, the design process, the fabrication process, the assembly process, the various parts, performance enhancement and so on. We’d talk about his favourite models. We’d talk about all the huge Harley rallies he’s been a part of, about riding in a huge group of over 200 riders. We’d talk about the real riding spirit, because the spirit has been, in my opinion, gravely misinterpreted by recent riders. We’d talk about what riding means to each of us. And I might, rather subtly, ask if he has a spare Harley he could give me for free.
D stands for Davidson.
Every remembers this man for The Joker. Many remember him for Brokeback Mountain. In short, everybody knows that if he were alive today, he’d have held the title of greatest actor alive. But he’s not alive. He died of accidental overdose back in 2008. I’ve seen very few of his films, but what I have seen has made me worship his talent. And I’ve seen him evolve, from 10Things I Hate About You to The Dark Knight. I’ve seen him grow as an actor, which is why I respect him all the more.
What would we talk about? Movies. Acting. What acting meant to him. What his characters meant to him. I’d ask him a question which everybody’s been wanting to ask, was it accidental overdose or intentional overdose? Did playing The Joker drive him off the edge? How much of Ennis Del Mar (Heath’s character in Brokeback Mountain) was actually Heath Ledger? It’s a more…professional conversation than personal, for me atleast, although these questions are very personal to him. But I want to know the answers. Because I feel the loss that the world of cinema has experienced due to his death.
L stands for Ledger.
While this isn’t one person but four, I’d rather meet all of them together in a group chat or something. They need no introduction. And what would we talk about? Music! And also about why the band broke up. I’d ask them if they’d like to compose some songs now, in the chat group, as weird as it sounds. I just can’t get enough of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Hell, I’m not even going to list out the other things we’d talk about, I’d be happy to watch those guys talk to each other.
Honourable mentions (since I had to cut them out so as to not bore you further with repeated questions and an overly long post): Gollum, Darth Vader, Thom Yorke, Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu, Anand Gandhi, Nathuram Godse, my great grandfathers, Sidney Lumet, Jim Morrison, Khaled Hosseini, Vito Corleone, Yoda, Christopher Nolan,Michael Fassbender, Satyajit Ray, Padmarajan, Roger Ebert, Osama Bin Laden (Just give him a huge middle finger), James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Peter Jackson. I’ll stop here. I have many more, but I wouldn’t want to bore you.
So, these are the ten people.
And the guys who asked me this question, of chatting with five people in a WeChat group, are IndiBlogger and WeChat themselves.
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