Due to the length of this post (it was unexpected!), I will be posting it in two parts- Part 3 (a) and Part 3 (b), but on the same week.
I didnt tell most of my friends and also to my relatives about any of the audition, I knew if I did, I would have been succumbed to a lot of embarrassing questions. I tried my best to be normal with my routines, but somewhere at the corner of my heart, my performance at the second audition really hurt me. I forgot how to smile, I stopped singing, all I could think was my failure. I hate rejections and I knew very well that I am not a competition material. This depression continued for 5 days; 5 and half days to be precise.
ZZZZzzzZZZZzzzz…(it was a Sunday afternoon and I had absolutely nothing to do, had lunch, watched TV and slept on the floor itself )….zzzZZZZZZzzzzZZZZ….
My mobile started ringing and it was from an unknown landline number. I picked up the call and heard a female sound at the other end.
Me : Halllaaaaooooo (howling a bit like Himesh Reshammiya, because I thought none of the serious species on earth would call me on a Sunday afternoon)
Lady : Is this Vimal ?
Me (making it sound silly) : Yessss, it iiiis !
Lady (once again, this time in a more serious tone) : Is this Vimal ?
Me (I got up from my sleep now, cleared my throat and looked at my clock, it was 3.20pm) : Yes, this is he. How may I help you?
Lady : Vimal, this is from Raagamaalika. You had attended an auditi…..
Me (interrupting) : Yes, yes, the audition that happened last week.
Lady : Well, you are selected, and next week, you have to make yourself free for three days of shooting at our Chennai studio. Are you in Chennai?
Me (silent for 5 secs, literally and I am not exaggerating)
Lady : Hello, Vijayan (calling my last name this time), are the signals clear? Can you hear me?
Me (tying to get things straight in my head) : Yes, I can and I am very much in Chennai. But..(didn’t complete!)
Lady : Is it possible for you to take 3 days leave, because the shooting starts from 9 in the morn and would go on till 7 in the night.
Me : That’s ok. I can manage.
Lady : Fine. We would want you to come tomorrow at 4pm for a small meeting to discuss about the rounds and the songs that you would have to choose. It’s the same place where you had the second audition. Can you make it?
Me (didn’t know how to react in my excitement) : Sure. Thank you Maam, thanks a lot (I am sure she knew I was very excited from my tone!)
The Lady laughed and hung the call.
Whoooooooooooooooppppppppieeeeeeeeeeeeeeee was the first word that came out of my mouth; that too at the top of my voice. The song Maaeri had never let me down in the past and it still didnt. I am finally getting my first break on TV !!!