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Tuesday 25 August 2015

# 13 - The magic of movies

There's something about cinema.

Whether it's the typical bollywood potboiler, the twists and turns of which you can spot at least twenty minutes in advance (Yes, even in case of Race/Race 2...especially in case of Race/Race 2...pun very much intended), or the Hollywood wannabe classic that everyone claims to have fully understood in the first viewing (and actually return home and read all about it in Wikipedia, we have all been there haven't we?).

Why does it happen? Why does the popcorn taste a whole lot better when the curtains go up and the lights go dim? How come your own day to day trials and tribulations are forgotten when Shahrukh Khan proclaims his love on screen to a girl young enough to be his daughter? What possible reason could we have to sympathise with the cause of a stalker-type-nerd-boy who rightly gets turned down by a PYT? Why do we quote lines from movies that had released before we were born?

Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.

And, you shouldn't too....movies are meant to be enjoyed, discussed, argued and possibly fought over. Trying to figure out why we love them is like asking a bengali what's the big deal with hilsa.

Personally, I have never gone to a theater and regretted it. Sure, I have seen a lot of bad movies, but heck, worst case scenario, I have slept through them. Waking up occasionally for the item numbers.

Nevertheless, the only criteria for judging movies are whether they stay with you or not.

I have seen movies the wafer thin plots of which have disappeared from my brain faster than I can finish a 5 rupee packet of lay's, there are ones which stay with you for a couple of days, and of course, there's the other, very very rare breed. The ones which stay with you for years. The ones that have a profound effect on you and who you are. They mess with your head, change you, change the way you look at the world and other people, for better, or for worse.

Truly, there's nothing quite like the movies.

In the coming days, I'll  try to write about movies............good ones, bad ones, awful ones, weird ones, of all sort. Hollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood (the bengali one) whatever.

That of course doesn't mean that this blog will be restricted to movies, far from it.  
But for the time being, hold on to your popcorn bucket, slip on the 3d glasses, and get ready for the ride.

Coming up: Movie review - Unbreakable. Estimated date of entry: 30th August, 2015.


  1. Hi Kc, Just browsed through your site.. You write about a genre which is very different from mine! Well written.. though at places, I found the flow of thoughts a little jumpy.. but who am I to comment - I switch thoughts like crazy as well..
    One point: The black background and white text is too stark..hampers readability, especially on phones or a huge iMac screen. :)
    You seem to be extremely knowledgable about movies and stuff!! That's awesome!! :)

  2. Thanks a lot for the feedback. Makes sense. Will work on it.