Monday, October 03, 2005

Adventure 5

Paradox

2 October, 2005, Bangalore:

There I was, at Screen 4, Inox, Garuda Mall, clutching a Rs. 200 ticket, and sipping a chilled soda (Fanta, to be precise). Before that, an escalator had transported me to the fifth floor of this place, populated by such brands as Baskin Robbins, Swarovski, Samsonite, Nokia, Westside, and Shoppers' Stop. The movie I had come to watch: Maine Gandhiji ko Nahin Maara; 9-time National Award winner Jahnu Barua's first ever Hindi film.

It was fantastic. Barua is not only a gifted director, but also an excellent story and script writer. Anupam Kher as the paranoid schizophrenic (or whatever) and Urmila Matondkar as his harried daughter were absolutely outstanding. The film rues the loss of Gandhi's loss in today's generation - and does manage to score a strong point.

The paradox lies in my surroundings. Only such a mammoth multiplex as Inox could play a meaningful film like this, which is bound to bomb at the box office! One that lives off the boom in the technology sector and ever increasing disposable income in today's youth. A multiplex that is slowly cornering all the better movies from the smaller and older cinema theatres. One that is responsible for the ever increasing closure of cinema theatres all over. One that has jacked up prices of movie tickets all over the city. One that is slowly killing competition. A shark that threatens to eat up the smaller minnows. Exactly what Gandhi stood up against. Such a multiplex is one which has managed to resurrect the smaller, meaningful Hindi film.

Enjoy the show...

4 comments:

Safari Al said...

welcome back funk...

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peeleraja said...

:)

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