I shouldn’t have done that. I really feel sorry about that. Phoning the dean of a prestigious institution like Madras Christian College and asking permission for shooting inside college. Though the request got turned downed by him, I carried out the shooting. Who the hell, I think, am I? Get caught at last, by my identity card seizing, and even standing under the shower of rebukes, I kept on smiling at his face! What made me to do so? Am I showing off smarter? Am I idiotic or egoistic? Why I’m like this? Do I lack integrity and discipline as the dean puts it? Honestly speaking, I don’t know…
Just a fortnight ago, I had to take camera in my hands for shooting an advertisement regarding our project work. Thrilled, as usual, I planned to conduct shooting inside our campus. Some of my friends told there is no need of dean’s permission. Some others told it’s a prerequisite.
I know very well that getting permission is such a complex process. However, I sent one of my teammates to fetch the permission. In fact, dean went home just moments she entered his office. But, I thought she got the permission. I personally went and secured physical director’s permission the same day. I called the security officer too on phone to get his consent. He told that if dean gave permission he doesn’t have any problem in shooting in-campus. It’s really a complex process. Don’t you see!
I got dean’s personal mobile number from security office and called him. It is one of the most idiotic things I have done till now in my life. Dean’s response was entirely different. He told that he hasn’t signed any letter regarding any in-campus shooting.
“Who cares?” I thought. “He may be signing numerous documents and letters daily. He would have forgotten!” I guessed.
“I won’t allow you to shoot!” dean shouted over phone.
“Okay…okay. No problem, sir” I replied calmly.
I shouldn’t have asked his permission. I messaged every one of my teammates that we got permission from dean and we can go on shooting on the next day early morning. Shooting we did. But then, security personnel came, seized my identity card and didn’t allow us to shoot further. Fortunately, we have captured all the needed shots by then. They left by telling me to collect the identity card from dean. I nodded supposing all the troubles were over. Later I came to know that it was just the beginning.
My mobile phone started ringing from noon. It was from other teams who went for shooting. “Dean wants to meet you! Dean wants to meet you!” that was the only phrase I could hear from the other end. “Hey, tell dean that I’m not well and will collect the identity card the very next day” I replied.
“Hey, idiot!” it was Swaminathan, my close friend in class. “Dean wants you to come in person and surrender your cassette as soon as possible. No time, dumbo! Everybody’s shooting got cancelled by dean because of you…”he cut the call. I darted to dean’s office after hearing that.
There I saw him standing red faced, angry enough to eat me alive.
“What did I said to you over phone?” he asked angrily.
“You didn’t allow me to shoot, sir” I replied.
“Then what did you do?” he asked.
“I shot, sir” I replied.
“It’s a breach of trust!” he shouted. “Surrender your cassette immediately” he told restlessly.
“No problem! Sir…” I said by fuelling his anger.
“No problem? How dare you?” he couldn’t control his anger. “You are troubling me, don’t you see. I need an apology letter too from you at this moment.” He shouted again.
This time, I couldn’t control my smile.“Trouble? What trouble? He only made all these chaos. Not me!” I said in mind. My smile helped only to intensify his anger.
I have a very serious problem: when someone shouts at me needlessly, I never feel irritated or upset. It only helps to shoot up my imagination. Unconsciously, I visualize him/her standing in front me electrocuted with bulged eyes, raised hair and dropped jaws! I can’t help it. I’m like that. I don’t want to change. Above all, why should I limit my imagination?
I left from dean’s office, wrote an apology letter, got it signed from Head of my Department, got a bundle full of rebuke from her as bonus and headed back to his office again.
Contrary to all my expectations, after receiving the apology letter, dean became so cool and started advising me not to repeat these kind of ‘undisciplined’, ‘heckless’ behavior. Smilingly, he gave back the cassette. It made me really happy. I thanked him and went for a tea outside campus.
“Hey dude, I saw you guys shooting inside campus. Do you need dean’s permission for shooting inside campus?” a guy from my college asked me in the tea-shop.
“No need” I answered unconsciously.
“Okay, dude” he stepped out of the tea-shop.
“Hey!” I called him from back. “Sorry, you need dean’s permission…okay?” I told him smiling.