From Bruce Lee’s book about his martial arts philosophies to watching a documentary on the making of Star Wars, Vasan Bala on the art he consumed while making Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota.
Tao of Jeet Kune Do (1975)
Because Bruce Lee scribbled all that when he was under “forced-rest” because of an injured back. As a filmmaker, you are raring to go but filmmaking is often a lot of “forced-resting” by the system. The book inspired me to keep scribbling.
Empire of Dreams : The Story of the ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy (2004)
George Lucas had intergalactic dreams (you can watch the documentary here), maybe mine are just Matunga. But that’s my Universe, not lesser than anyone else’s.
From Ilaiyaraaja to Regina Spektor
I was listening to everything from Ilaiyaraaja to Jim Croce, to R.D. Burman to Regina Spector. It kept me alive when uncertainties kept telling me to go numb.