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Burjor Patel

  • In the rollicking company of advertising legends

    Let me shift gears today to two of several legends from the advertising and marketing fraternity who crossed my path during my 50 years with the profession. Remembering them today brings back some rewarding memories.

    Saturday, 29 November 2014 - 5:00am
  • Acting in commercials that treasure cute young things

    After remembering the heady days and paradise that was Africa, let’s  turn the clock forward and back to 'Life Begins at Eighty'.

    Saturday, 15 November 2014 - 5:00am
  • Love, curtain calls and sultry beauties in Mombasa

    If Nairobi was a heady mix of Gujarati warmth, casino suave and unlimited applause, Mombasa had more surprises in store! After a scenic four-hour drive, our Land Rover stopped at what was to be home for the next few days. We were booked into  sumptuous, fully-stocked cottages on stunning Bombelli...

    Saturday, 1 November 2014 - 5:00am
  • After coup hiccups, first foreign trip to Nairobi spells great success

    It was 1982. After 30 years of standing under Indian floodlights, we were finally bound for our first international experience. For all the artistes, including me, it was the first-ever trip to a foreign land. And so what if it was not London, Paris, Rome or New York! Our first step outside...

    Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 5:00am
  • Three two-artiste plays that have stayed with me

    Let me touch upon today on three memorable two-artiste plays, one that I staged and the two others I wish I could have, but for circumstances conspiring against me.

    Saturday, 4 October 2014 - 7:00am
  • Fraught journey from screen test to bagging the job

    Today let me take you on my TV commercial journey from audition to final shoot. It starts with the casting director calling you “Sir, we have a commercial for a client and would like to screen test you.” First, he gives you the possible shoot dates and enquires on your availability. Next, whether...

    Saturday, 20 September 2014 - 5:00am
  • A mad rush of adrenaline at the age of 84

    Last week I celebrated my 84th birthday. So I thought let me turn the clock back again and tell my readers  the ups and downs of the year gone by. The year started with a gift from my family, a business class ticket for me and my wife to Phuket, Thailand, at the JW Marriott resort. Our room was...

    Monday, 25 August 2014 - 4:48am
  • Rising above sudden crises to deliver hit shows

    Let me talk today about some unexpected experiences in my theatre journey. Year 1978: Launch of Adi Marzban-Burjor Patel Productions. For our first venture we selected a hilarious American comedy called My Daughter Rated 'X'. It was about an old-fashioned censor board chief responsible for...

    Saturday, 9 August 2014 - 6:00am
  • Hiccups, headaches and a blockbuster on hand

    Today let me talk on some hiccups I faced in my theatre journey. After  four successful plays at the box office, my co-producer Hosi Vasunia decided that we’d had enough of comedies and farces.The elitist bug hit him and he decided to venture into staging some classics, much  against my better...

    Friday, 25 July 2014 - 6:00am
  • Sex comedy and bedroom romp as my production debut

    “There is a big difference between  those who dream  and those who make their dreams come true”. From being just an actor to becoming a producer in your own production house is a long, steep climb. Bottoms Up was the peak of that journey which we talked about last time. Where that journey began and...

    Saturday, 12 July 2014 - 6:00am