Is talent your cuppa? ‘A ROLL’ version.

Of the many things I recall as an assistant to one particular director during my green behind the year days – I distinctly rememember the care and trust my boss placed in me. Most of it unspoken and unclaimed and totally free of any expectations.

At this juncture I will not hold back his name for he mostly makes me a professional and a yardstick of what they all call ‘an eye for detail’ and story telling.

The real EL CAPITAN | VANGUARD in my life –Deven Khote of the UTV ADS department fame (notoriously so), at the good old simple UTV software company days of the early to mid 90s.

DEVEN KHOTE                   

Where basement offices and edit + online & gfx suites were famous for being lived in.

Where a low band offline room was perrenially occupied by a man in horizontal stripes of polo collar tees in a burst of orange, green and pink and white, worn casually with easy khakis or classic blue jeans with an insane need to constantly want to be pulled up, inspite of the belt.

The curly hair and the easy demeanour from a Cathedral Sobo upbringing, impeccable English with a smattering of bad marathi – he is the culprit  who got me addicted to square writing pads and block letter writing in pencil. Shot breakdowns were always done like that.


From allowing me in to his post circle as an AD when I so wanted to only be an editor, to editing with my constant presence behind him, sitting slightly in awe and a whole lot in fear, lest I disturb his train of thought – the education he doled out to me was, and continues to be priceless.

No institute in the whole wide circular world can ever do that for anyone – especially the ‘hungry to learn’ lot. So I might be gushing – but hey, have earned the right to. And to not after so many years of put your head down and work, I better really put it to work.

Here he smiles for my pixelation pro camera on a low grade BB equipment. Have a good long look.

This is what education par execellence comes from if you got the intestinal fortitude. And, if I were to give back even an iota of what he gave me – the student who has the ‘cuppa’ will be brimming.

So thank you DK. Please always be the voice in my head. You’re the best. I shall always remain the ‘A Roll’.