Sunday, April 16, 2006

I'll take "Famous Sikhs in American Cinema" for $500 please Alex...

I just got back from a bhangra competition in the city, Best of the Best (they also have a raas and bollywood-type contest too) where college teams from around the country compete. This in itself may not be too postworthy but what was cool was the guy who was sitting 5 seats away from me. At this point, many of you probably have several guesses. Who could it be? Brian Boitano? Nope. Yan from the TV show "Yan Can Cook"? No dice. Sanjay Dutt? Yuck.

No it's someone even bigger than all three of these people combined. It is....drum roll...Waris Ahluwalia!!! Some of you are probably scratching your heads wondering "Who the f@# is Waris? You are a liar and cheat Shakes. You conned us with all this excitment nonsense." Well, first of all those are pretty harsh words. But back to my point, if you've seen the movie "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," Waris was the guy with a red turban, the Sikh guy! He was the guy who was the camerman for Steve Zissou's (Bill Murray) own documentaries. Most recently he's in the Spike Lee joint, "Inside Man"
(the soundtrack has AR Rahman's "Chaiyya Chaiyya" remix on it... originally from "Dil Se")

At the show he was chilling with a lady friend. See who says you don't see huge stars in New York? If you haven't seen the movie or do not like movies written & directed by Wes Anderson, then I spit upon you.


arati said...

Excellent celeb sighting! Waris makes gorgeous jewelry coveted by the stars -- and me. Check out this piece by EW:,6115,1178794_7_0_,00.html

Amit Sinha said...

I come down from mountains 11,000 feet high, after visiting Buddhist monastaries and trying to interpret the meaning of life, which, through the prayers of buddhist monks, whose rhythmic chanting at 7am after being on a bumpy road for an hour and a half after four hours of sleep is not exactly easy to do... only to find all these pearls of wisdom lying there waiting for me on your blog. Forget the monks, just think of WWDD!