11, Sky Heights : Chapter 4

CHAPTER 4

 

May 17, 2015,

1:30 a.m.

Sky Heights

 

Just when Rohan Saluja was burning with rage and envy on seeing Nisha in the arms of Karan, another person was staring at them from one corner of the terrace. This person was Nikhil Malhotra, the actor of the movie ‘Mere Naam Ayesha’ – Nisha’s first film. Nikhil despised Nisha and today, as he saw her enjoying herself, his hatred for her increased twofold.

When he saw Nisha during the ‘mahurat’ shot of the movie, she looked very innocent to him. A that time, Nikhil’s three movies had already released and even though these movies did not do much business at the box office, his face was known to the people by then. In that way, when Nikhil signed the film opposite Nisha, he did a favour to her. Other than this, he kept on encouraging Nisha during the entire film shoot and gave her acting tips to help her perform better. His mind ran back in time and the day of the Mahurat shot flashed in his mind.

***

Nisha and Nikhil were standing in front of the camera while makeup artists were making sure that they look their best. In spite of the studio being air-conditioned, Nisha was sweating. Nikhil noticed the nervousness in Nisha.

“Nisha, are you nervous?”

“It’s my first shot and I am feeling extremely tensed. What if I don’t perform well? This film is going to shape my career…”

“Nisha, for any actor the most important thing is to get into the character you are playing. Feel that you are the character ‘Ayesha’ and not ‘Nisha’. Think that you are not acting but it just a normal day in Ayesha’s life.”

“Yes but there are so many people around…I am finding it very difficult to concentrate and get into the character.”

“That happens all the time, don’t worry. Imagine you are standing alone in your home and rehearsing for the dialogues. For sometime forget that there is anyone in front of you.”

“Thank you, I feel much better now.”

“Be confident. Believe in yourself and give it your best shot.”

Nikhil’s advice made Nisha perform excellent in front of the camera. There was a reassurance on the director and casting director’s face as Nisha delivered amazingly well in the second take itself. As soon as the shot was over, Nisha was extremely thankful.

“Without you, this wouldn’t have been possible – I wouldn’t have been able to give my best shot. Thank you for the advice you gave me, sir.” Nisha had expressed gratitude for Nikhil’s actions.

***

Nisha’s words, “Without you this wouldn’t have been possible…” were echoing in Nikhil’s mind as he saw her having the time of her life.

‘Mera Naam Ayesha’ was a flop at the box office but Nisha’s second film, ‘Tere Ishq Me Sanam’ was a superhit. After that, Nisha gave one hit after another and her career took off. But Nikhil’s career did not. His films did not do well on the box office but Nisha’s films went on for twenty-twenty five weeks that made her an A-league heroine. Nikhil was still a B-league hero.

Nisha maintained her friendship with Nikhil even today but she was not ready to sign a film with him. Nikhil requested her many times to sign a film with him but Nisha would politely change the topic or give a diplomatic answer. Nisha did not mind in keeping the friendship with Nikhil but success had made her smart enough to keep professional and personal relationships different. She hoped that Nikhil would become a successful actor but she was not ready to risk her career to make him successful.  Nikhil felt that after falling love with director Karan Khanna, she had become extremely calculative and practical.

Nikhil’s bottled up anger for Nisha was converting to hatred at every passing moment. He looked at Karan and Nisha with rage and hate and said, “I will teach you a lesson Nisha. You will see the consequences of what you have done to me. I will make sure you regret it!”

To be continued…

Aashu Patel
Aashu Patel

Aashu Patel is a writer, who has written on a variety of genres ranging from crime to inspirational. 40 books written by him are published. He has worked as an editor of many leading newspapers. He has written many novels. Well-known film director Tigmanshu Dhulia is making a Hindi film based on his English novel 'Madam X'.

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