Once on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Head did some chhedkhani related to Shekhar Ravjiani's huge female fan following. Shekhar smiled shyly and from among the hundreds, if not millions, singled out Megan for her YouTube tribute and referred to her as Meghum (which very Freudianly rhymes with Begum if you ask me.)
Thanks to Google, I found Megan and wrote about it. Megan stopped by and has been kind enough to hang out here ever since. She's been great company - her comments make me laugh, cry, or feel like slapping random filmi people I didn't even know existed.
I figured which better celebrity than the Drift's poster girl for a sawaal jawaab.
Hi Megan, your 21st birthday approaches. A life of womanhood beckons. Any regrets so far - things you wish you could change?
Megan: No I don't have any regrets.. I am happy and pretty much content with my life so far.. this sounds super corny and cliched but yeah I have made some mistakes and done some stupid things but i wouldn't change anything.. everything i have done, been through shaped me and I just love myself.. wouldn't change a thing..
What are plans like for the birthday? Are you planning a quiet evening with family and close friends or are you planning to pass out in a bar blaze of glory?
Megan: My birthday falls on Monday this year so it will be a family affair...go to Gurdwara and spend time with family, having a feast with extended fam and mom, dad, sis, bro. But the following Saturday, I am gonna have a party for my friends...my parents have told me how much they are willing to spend...so i am currently getting quotes from different places.. i want to book this wine bar with live bands, still waiting for them to email me back.. UGH if all else fails i'll have it at this place that my friend had her 21st at.. you get a 2nd floor and a balcony all to your self and a small dance floor too..
yeah i'd be drinking and partying but hopefully not passing out
Ok, let's get the most important question out of the way. Say you have a pen with only enough ink for one autograph and you're standing next to Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. What would you do?
Megan: I'll be like UGH who wants an autograph.. I will take my phone out and take 10's of photos with them.. and if i only have enough diskspace for one photo then i'll take it with both of them..and if i dont have my phone then i'll be like thats OK, I'll hug Aishwarya and molest Hrithik...eff autograph, i would rather engrave the moment in mah brain
Who would you much rather hang out with? Hrithik's sassur Sanjay Khan or Amitabh's pal Amar Singh?
Megan: Sanjay Khan.. he can bring his brother Feroze Nosferatu Khan with him, we can have a great time!
We'll get back to Bollywood in a minute. Tell us about what it was like growing up desi in the West. Any incident related to the duality of culture that sticks out in particular?
Megan: i could write major essays on this hahah.
well first of all i grew up where desi population wasn't very big (Hawaii)...there were like 20 families or so ..and we knew all of them and called them unclejis/auntyjis greeted them with a huge smile at festivals etc etc...they'd ask inane questions and we'd patiently answer with a fake smile...hang out with their kids (and yet wont talk to them outside of these gatherings)
..and well that was it..
my parents are super cool and open minded and not ethnocentric...they didn't raise us reminding us of our desiness every single day like Kajol's character in KKKG...and yet taught us a lot...we were just like any other kids in the neighborhood and school and at home we'd do our desi thang .. ..
and then our family moved to a "cosmopolitan" city (3 years ago)...and then OMG everyone wants to know where you're from and your race, religion, life history..and then comment about "that accent is it canadian or american" or "what's your nationaity" or if its like desi people on the street then they'd just stare!! it was a major culture shock.. like you'd meet someone and they'd be like "what's your name?" i'd be like "megan" then "where're you from?" like how is that important??? and the most annoying this is i go "well i was born in..." then they'd be like "well are your parents .." like they're probing!!! UGH..
if i just give a straight answer "well my parents are punjabi.." and they'd go "BUT YOU DON'T LOOK INDIAN".. WTF?? GRRR!!!
anyhoo now that i am older and wiser, i am rly proud of my heritage and culture and have consciously been trying to learn more...my sister has Gurbani classes every Sunday at home and i sit with her...and i would want to go to india and see where my dad grew up and mom was born in....when i have kids, i would want them to be bilingual too...and before i used to think that i'll only date/marry a white guy but now i think marrying a compatible jatt munda would work as well..
Some personal questions if you don't mind. Are you a bindaas chick or a high maintenance one?
Megan: this is a difficult question...don't know how to articulate this...i don't know exactly what bindaas means but i am assuming it means "carefree"?? i think i am a mixture of both.. in some areas i am extremely high maintenance, i like being the center of attention...and i expect people i love and people close to me to give in to my demands...i have a tendencies to throw tantrums when things don't go my way...i also have some expensive tastes...but in other ways i am "bindaas" as well, i am open minded and very left wing...i am tolorent and caring and sweet and not judgmental at all...and just live my life by the day..i don't stress about monetary things or future or anything beyond my control..
What is an ideal first date for you like?
Megan: Okay!!!!!! hmm ideal first date!!! he would have to come pick me up for a start...and take me out to dinner or lunch..well somewhere we can talk...and the place has to be somewhere decent...i don't want him to be like "umm where do you wanna go?" wtf?? like should be confident and be in control...give me three
good options to choose from at least... and he shouldn't be the type who only eats traditional food..should have an open mind and palate...but i don't like uppidy wannabe snobs either...if he says something corny and tries to show off i won't like it...and i would prefer if the guy didn't stare at me or tried to touch me inappropriately on first date!!or talked about himself only!!! i can't handle it!!
well after dinner if he takes to my most favooorite Gelato place by this popular beach in my city i would be soooooooo happy...otherwise he can take me to this wine bar and we can have dessert wine !!!! then he can drop me home!!! yeah he has to show me that he reallllllllllly is into me without appearing like a desperate sleazebag and try hard smooth wannabe..
Back to Bollywood and the most difficult part of this Q&A. You will have to find one line of nice to say about the following celebrities.
Megan: good complexion
Megan: half decent body
Megan: relatively good boob job
Megan: dresses well half the time
Megan: he's funny unintentionally..makes me laugh
Still with us? Good, wasn't so bad was it?
Any recent (Bollywood) movie you'd like to recommend?
Megan: not Bollywood but Khuda Ke Liye
A recent (Bollywood) song that has been on all your playlists? in my desi playlist
Megan: again Khuda Ke Liye Soundtrack...also Nusrat f.a.k's nit khair manga, Lakhwinder Wadali's Jaan.. sorry no B/W haven't liked any new B/W song in ages!
Finally, some dating advice. Let's say a guy approaches you at a bar. He looks like Garibon ka Hrithik Harman Baweja. He praises your copious beauty, notices your fabulous shoes and hits you with the pick up line of the new millennium: "Hey baby, what's your URL?" What would you do?
Megan: hahahahaha OMG...donno man!! at least he aint gareebon ka govinda asking me "what is your style number? what is mobile number?" i don't noe what i'd do, probably laugh as if he made the comment in jest..
With social networking these days its possible to research kudas online well before you make up your mind about them. Do you have any tips for how to go about doing that? You may be saving a bad love chakker or two, you know.
Megan: Kudas! LOL well i check their facebook a/c.. have a look @ their list of friends...and then check out their profile..see what walls he's written and has written on his wall...check out the profile and it can give me an idea of what he is like depending on his interests and his pictures etc..