A senior journalist once told me of a respected film critic who went to the Cannes Film Festival for the first time in the '80s. After returning he said, "I didn't know this Satyajit Ray is so big. He has a religious following at Cannes."
Two years back at Faro Island in Sweden, where the giant of artistic cinema Ingmar Bergman lived and shot many of his films, I was taken to, what I was told, a very 'cinematic' restaurant. Expecting another Bergman tribute, imagine my surprise to find instead a restaurant dedicated to French filmmaker Jacques Tati instead, called 'Creperie Tati'.
I imagined a frail, old Ingmar Bergman getting the irony of sipping black coffee in a restaurant named after another filmmaker, in an island made famous by him.
As I imagined this, a saying ran through my head: 'Ghar ki murgi dal barabar' which means that what you own seems pale before what others do.