Mohit Gopalani is someone who effortlessly transitions between his daytime job and his hobby – and both of them involve drums. During the week he works as a Brand Manager for Furtados Music, selling drums for one of the most popular drum kit brands in the country. On weekends, he runs his own musical school where he tutors people, young and old, on the art of playing drums. OfficeChai spoke to him about how he’s managed to strike a balance between these two roles, and the inspirations behind his obsession with music.
Abhaya Simha is one of Kannada cinema’s brightest young stars. He burst into the the limelight in 2008, when his debut movie, the critically acclaimed Gubbachchigalu, won the National Award for the best children’s film. Since then he has directed Shikari (2012) and Sakkare (2013), which starred Kannada superstar Ganesh. The 33 year old talked exclusively to OfficeChai about his life as a film director.
Paderu is a sleepy little town in rural Andhra Pradesh, India. It essentially consists of a solitary winding road with quaint produce shops and tiny grocery stores dotted all along it. Cows languidly compete with rickety auto rickshaws for the right of way, mooing discontentedly when one appears into sight. Sari-clad women haggle noisily with shop owners, as the men smoke beedis and watch the world go by. Among all this, there’s a figure that stands out from the rest. It’s young Frenchwoman Christelle Ledroit, trying to blend into the crowd with a bright red salwaar kameez.