It is common knowledge that Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s cousin director Mansoor Khan bid byes to Bollywood many years ago, and is settled with family in the town of Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. But do you know what Mansoor is up to? Well, let’s just say, the ace-director is happily busy saying Cheese!
Mansoor hasn’t taken to photography or modeling. Actually he and his wife Tina prepare artisanal cheese at their homestay in Coonoor. The transition from Bollywood’s starry-life to the quietness of Coonoor was an easy one for Mansoor because, for him, Bollywood was just “a stop gap arrangement” till the time he could switch to the living the life he wanted to.
Despite his overseas education and foray into Bollywood, Mansoor never felt any attraction to films. Instead the farm-life appealed most to him. As soon as his family agreed with him to move to Coonoor, Mansoor knew his battle was half-won. They started reading up on cheese, and soon Mansoor and his wife got into cheese-making, and they haven’t looked back ever since.
Says Mansoor, “I loved the idea that when guests came we could teach them how to make cheese and soon it worked well economically as well for us. I don’t advertise my homestay, I deliberately keep everything understated, I like to live life at a QUALITATIVE rather than a QUANTITATIVE level.”
After getting success in cheese, Mansoor picked up the author’s hat to write his book ‘The Third Curve.’ The book, quite simply, endorses the message ‘How do you lead a life of LIMITLESS GROWTH on a planet with FINITE resources?’
“It has done well, we printed 5000 copies, of which I think I have sold 3000 myself just by travelling around talking to people from all walks of life. It’s a book which everyone should read from corporates to ordinary people it appeals to everyone. I was in fact surprised by how many people relate to it.”
Mansoor wants to convert the book into a film, but he is in no hurry to don a filmmaker’s hat just yet. He doesn’t want to make a film that registers itself in the 100-crore club. “I need to work on the script I need to drub the language and graphs – approach it in an entirely different way. That’s the challenge. I talk in an intuitive way, I need to write this film first and that’s what I am working on these days.”
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