Presuming that this programme “Koffee with Karan” has been widely viewed one can get on to the business of opinionating. For those who have missed it, excerpts then assume importance, an option, nevertheless indispensable to the cause of experiencing a rather charming , for want of a better word, revelation of the man that is Richard Gere.
Lets not even get into the ” Oh he is so darn adorable..his eyes crinkle, his manner unfathomably enticing, his smile endearing’ kinda jargon. It would take precious lot to convey the purely physical while the purpose of this post is ..mmm.. beyond the purview of ephemeral externals…cough cough..It wasnt easy, I assure you.. to concentrate on the spirit of his words, step into the realm of the mind take a peek into his soul, when the thought that overwhelmed you was ” he is so overpoweringly attractive”.But then, I tried my darnedest ..presence of hubby, a cushion away, providing necessary grounding .
Seriously now, Richard came across as someone who was leading a charmed life, not solely because of his star status but because he was indeed lucky for having been blessed with opportunity to involve himself for the last 30 years in areas where his innate goodness found a window to be expressed, while his soul perhaps benefited by discovering the peephole to shine through.
Ofcourse this has a lot to do with his personal determination, focus and grit, undivided zeal, inner urge as well. Its no small feat that he has been coming to India to acquaint himself with her problems, create a blueprint for desirable course of action, garner necessary support and march ahead. Immediate reaction: guilt, what the hell are we doing?
His compassion for the Tibetans, their struggle and the ramifications of their loss, was as if writ large on his face..so strong was the synergy with their cause. I have always felt a special affinity with him,.. now dont smirk.. It has to do with his being a follower of Buddhist system of meditation, which I adhere to strongly myself. Unwittingly a bond develops.. his words echoed deep within.
I enjoyed thoroughly the simplicity of his words and the correctness of their usage e.g. he said ‘ Buddhism is about the mind and the heart..i.e. wisdom and compassion.. We have to learn to expand both”..Succinct and veracious.
This particular piece of conversation was so unexpectedly refreshing. Here goes:
Karan: We were reading some kind of stuff you know, the sexiest men in the business have actually dedicated their lives to a cause… There are so many of them working especially in your fraternity, you know be it Brad Pitt or George Clooney or you and there’s this whole perception of them being so sexy and yet all of them doing things like humanitarian issues they combating and fighting and doing stuff for… you know sometimes people feel that there is a contradiction, a) the perception is very sexy and you know of course you have been so sincere about it?
Richard: You know sometimes people feel there’s a contradiction when that happens, the perception that you being so sexy and you being so sincere about a cause… You know there is a tradition of this in America… I mean… there is a feeling that there is a responsibility that we all have whether we are movie stars or the technicians here in the studio; whatever maybe… we are all equal in our humanity. And we all do have a responsibility to help each other as far as transforming the and specially those people who suffer.
“Handsome he who handsome does ” an adage reduced to an anachronism in this day and age when physicality has with long strides taken over the bastion of spirituality!
When will our celebs/ stars/ industrialists/ A listers even begin to motivate themselves, find a higher purpose and pursue it dedicatedly. I’d hate to admit it but not a single one of our stars has bothered to look beyond his immediate environs and pledge support to a cause, not with money but with time, and a certain giving of oneself which is ‘giving’ in its true connotation. I wonder why?
Is it that we as a race are so concerned about survival? Our concerns center around the basic minimum to then retaining what we have managed to garner. So the struggle never really ends for us. This is the result of being citizens of a Third world country where comforts of life are considered a blessing not a taken for granted event, therefore its pursuance gets to be the journey…leaving little time/money/energy to bifurcate our selves with. This is not meant to be an excuse but rather an attempt at solving this conundrum. Just why are Indians especially those who can help, so disinterested in partaking into activities de centered from themselves?
Richard Gere seemed totally like a man on a mission doing his bit.. to create the ripple which may go ahead and stir up a storm. His simplicity came through as also his self effacing character. Nothing was being done or said for ‘effect’ but because he felt he was destined to do/say it. This interview truly touched my heart. I wish to be a member of the Gere Foundation and donate a drop in the ocean..in giving a bit of myself.