No trip to Mumbai (or Bombay, if you're a traditionalist) is complete without a trip to Bollywood. Dead set on involving ourselves in a flick, my friend and I rose early every morn, lingering around the streets of Colaba awaiting to be approached by an agent. When this tactic didn't work, we collected numbers and began ringing agents from chunky red telephones set up on the street. After a couple of cancelled appointments we were at our wits' end when somehow everything came together. Twice.
The first experience saw us shuttled through Mumbai's chaotic streets in a van packed with foreigners. Off we were to I Hate Luv Storys, touted to be the hit of the summer. The lot of us gathered in a sound studio along with Indian actors, ready to do voice over work for a various scenes that took place in English-speaking countries. Hilarity ensued, especially when yelling for those scenes set in bars.
Round two involved more than just our voices. This time the group was outfitted in work garb for a NYC scene. Titled Anjaana Anjaani, the film starred Ranbir Kapoor, a huge box office draw not to mention heartthrob. We all rushed around the set as if at the stock exchange, continuing until the wee hours of the morning when we were finally released.
Overall it was a fascinating experience and could easily lead to regular paid gigs, were someone planning on making Mumbai a temporary home.