The Future (hopefully) Toh Bright Hai Ji – for Sanjay Amar.


Future Toh Bright Hai Ji is a refreshing Indian slapstick comedy of the sort I would like to see more of. It’s listed as drama, inexplicably. Okay, satire maybe, but drama? I had the best time watching this movie. It was funny and uplifting.

Aamir Bashir as Ajay and Sonal Sehgal as Sonia kill it as a struggling writer and  B starlet in an Indian Soap, two Kashmir ex-pats who dream of making it in Bollywood.

Married four years and tired of living in a crappy apartment in a crappy section of Mumbai with work opportunities going nowhere, an incidental visit to an astrologer who promises them a turnaround of their lives within seven days, we follow the young couple through the maze of bureaucracy and the threat of the underworld and more. This movie becomes a rollercoast ride through urban culture and the spontaneity of Aamir Bashir’s and Sonal Sehgal’s acting just brings it home what it means to be small timers in Mumbai’s bubbling entertainment industry. “Think Big, not Small” says the agent to Ajay as she is rejecting his script. This might be a small independent film but it shines pretty bright for its size.

Future Toh Bright Hai Ji is a great ensemble effort. It’s loaded with personable characters that stay with you. Not to be missed.

I put my money on Sanjay Amar, the writer/ director of this refreshing tale. If he is dreaming big, he might very well be on his way :-) If you enjoy Indian new wave cinema, you are going to enjoy this one.

Cast & Crew


  1. Aamir Bashir
  2. Sonal Sehgal
  3. Asrani
  4. Satish Kaushik
  5. Vipin Sharma
  6. Delnaaz Irani


  1. Sanjay Amar


  1. Rama Mehrotra


  1. Sanjay Amar

If Brad and Angie can do it….

but do you see what I see on this picture? Brad is adoringly checking out THE RING, not the bride…haha


….then there is hope for Saif and Kareena. Generally speaking, I think it’s a bad idea to get married after seven years, isn’t that when marriage starts itching? :-)

On the other, we have a case in our family of someone who got married after being together 20 years! beat that…



and what do we have here in India? aha


perhaps these two lovebirds shouldn’t wait too long either. on some of the pictures you can see the wear already and I had to scramble long to find this one where a measure of mutual comfort transpires.

I will be slightly disappointed, though, if these two maritally challenged couples give in to societal pressures because it’s nice to have examples of long term commitments that aren’t sealed by marriage,  thus opening up perspectives of non-traditional arrangements for couples. There is something to be said about a voluntary union, one that is renewed day by day, month by month, year by year. It’s a more conscious decision.

Well, it would be the death of Bollywood movies, what, no shaadi?? so let’s not go there…. :-)